Joseph Coward

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Joseph Coward Short Info

Joseph Coward is an artist with the wistful-narcotised style and pugnacious-confessional delivery of an earlier generation of British romantics: the unschooled, unbridled, uncompromising lyricism of Ian McCulloch, Morrissey and Billy Bragg courses through his songs.

In 2014, as the old guard stage comebacks for each surprise tax bill and his contemporaries strive for a gold standard of inoffensive flatness, this makes him something of a rarity. Cynical and melancholic beyond his years, the 22 year-old has spent the past two years touring and releasing 7”s, perfecting his songcraft and recording his debut album.

‘The World Famous Joseph Coward’ was released in October 2014 on Stiffy Byng. The volume showcases ten wry, direct reflections on dislocation and anguish, carried by arrangements that reveal an omnivorous appetite; the product of a youth exposed to the record shops, mildew and concrete of the fanboy margins, the sticky floors and ancient sofas of the underground.

After leaving school - in Brentwood, Essex - at sixteen, Coward left home and scraped together an existence in London, where he published a fanzine and made himself a fixture in the music scene. From here derive the quotidian neuroses and bleakness that dominate on the record.

Behind this however are biblical and Messianic themes that can be traced to the Pentecostal church community in which he grew up. Coward’s music speaks to a kind of sensitivity rehabilitated from callousness that makes the best Belle and Sebastian tick. His first LP perhaps reflects the struggle of integrating his present environment with his upbringing in ‘New Frontiers International’.

Joseph had this to say in a recent interview with Wonderland Magazine: “It’s about me communicating the ideas that I have through stories from my life. I think there’s a kinship in finding out that people feel the same things as you. It’s about feeling strange and being sad, but overcoming that and accepting yourself.”

‘The World Famous…’ follows two singles for Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label and ‘Children’s Bones’ on Blank Editions in 2013 and support tours with an eclectic roster of bands, from Factory Floor and Toy to The Charlatans.

Joseph Coward is an artist with the wistful-narcotised style and pugnacious-confessional delivery of an earlier generation of British romantics: the unschooled, unbridled, uncompromising lyricism of Ian McCulloch, Morrissey and Billy Bragg courses through his songs.

In 2014, as the old guard stage comebacks for each surprise tax bill and his contemporaries strive for a gold standard of inoffensive flatness, this makes him something of a rarity. Cynical and melancholic beyond his years, the 22 year-old has spent the past two years touring and releasing 7”s, perfecting his songcraft and recording his debut album.

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Past Gigs Joseph Coward

  • 11 | 2014 London Red Gallery UK Tour with The Voyeurs
  • 11 | 2014 Liverpool Shipping Forecast UK Tour with The Voyeurs
  • 11 | 2014 Carlisle The Brickyard UK Tour with The Voyeurs
  • 11 | 2014 Edinburgh Sneaky Petes UK Tour with The Voyeurs
  • 11 | 2014 Leeds Nation of Shopkeepers UK Tour with The Voyeurs
  • 11 | 2014 Sheffield Rocking Chair UK Tour with The Voyeurs
  • 11 | 2014 Reading Purple Turtle UK Tour with The Voyeurs
  • 11 | 2014 Brighton The Hope UK Tour with The Voyeurs
  • 03 | 2011 London Union Chapel UK Tour with The Charlatans

Discography Joseph Coward

  • 2014 The World Famous Joseph Coward Album | Stiffy Byng
  • 2014 Thin Single | Stiffy Byng
  • 2014 Idle Boy Single | Stiffy Byng
  • 2014 Lucky To Have Me Single | Stiffy Byng
  • 2013 Children's Bones Single | Blank Editions
  • 2011 If You Want To Get Going, Get Talking (To Me) Single | O Genesis
  • 2011 Jesus Christ / Worry Wart Single | O Genesis
  • 2011 The Ghost At The Feast EP | JCR
  • 2010 Animal Sweethearts EP | JCR

Media

  • Sound Joseph Coward - Lucky To Ha...
  • Video Joseph Coward - Thin
  • Video Joseph Coward - "If You Wan...

Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2011

Members

  • Joseph Coward Singer / Writer
  • Full band Supporting Musicians