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Bathgate singer Luke La Volpe releases his anthemic new single Freakwave on Friday 6th May, his first new music of the year and the opening track from Lifelines, an EP of 5 emotive new songs tackling life and love in all its guises and complexity.
Amid a pulsing, hypnotic wash of guitar and piano, Freakwave laments the tide of bad news and negativity weve all had to deal with over the past couple of tumultuous years, building to its cathartic chorus of Your love and my love is all we need. Luke introduced Freakwave to his live set as he returned to gigging last year and its become a firm favourite with fans, alongside established singalongs like lockdown anthem Terribly Beautiful and Scottish Number 1 single Dead Mans Blues.
Freakwave is the first fruit of Lukes collaboration with musical legend Iain Archer, who has shared his songwriting talents with the likes of Snow Patrol (Run), James Bay (Hold Back The River) and Jake Bugg (Lightning Bolt) amongst many others. Their friendship flourished over several visits to Iains home studio in Brighton, where the pair found a rich vein of inspiration, with Iain producing the EP and co-writing four of the five tracks, with Lukes unmistakable, timeless vocals front and centre.
Further EP tracks Sit At My Table, the ultimate make up ballad, and the bittersweet love song Lifeline will follow on June 3rd and July 1st respectively, with the brooding Monster and EP closer Live It completing the collection with the full EP on July 15th.
Co-written with Jordan Riley (Tom Grennan, Mabel, Ella Henderson, Jonas Blue), Live It is a tribute to Lukes grandfather who passed away last year. Papa D, as he was fondly known, spotted Lukes musical talents at an early age and encouraged him throughout his life, with the pair bonding over their mutual love of classic singers like Sinatra, Johnny Cash and Elvis even through the heart-breaking challenges of Alzheimers. The song is peppered with Papa Ds words of wisdom and the track ends with a poignant snippet of the man himself recalling his own experiences as a musician in the army.
"The EPs called Lifelines because each song represents a time when Ive felt lost and had to pull myself out of a difficult situation," says Luke. "Working with Iain was an incredible experience, totally different to anything Id ever done before and we really seemed to hit it off and create some tremendous pieces of music. Having in-depth conversations about moments in my life then turning them into songs was a really therapeutic exercise for me and Im proud of it as a body of work. The final song Live It is a dedication to my late Papa D and Im particularly proud to have immortalised some of the wisdom that he instilled in me into the lyrics of the song. He was my inspiration to do this in the first place and hopefully he can inspire more people and live on through my music."
After closing 2021 with his biggest headline show to date at a sold-out St Lukes in Glasgow, Luke appears at various festivals this summer, including his long-awaited TRNSMT debut, after he had to pull out last year due to COVID.
Sat 28 May Perth, Scotland Trending Festival
Wed 29 June Lytham Festival, supporting Lewis Capaldi
Fri 08 July Glasgow, TRNSMT Festival, King Tuts Stage
Sat 30 July Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
Sunday 31 July Edinburgh, Over The Bridge Festival
Sat 13 August Linlithgow, Party At The Palace Festival
About Luke La Volpe:
Luke La Volpe is the latest star to emerge from the musical hotbed of West Lothian, home of contemporaries and friends The Snuts and Lewis Capaldi. His timeless, sonorous voice and straight-from-the-heart lyrics have endeared him to a growing fanbase which saw him sell out the legendary King Tuts in a day and round off 2021 with his biggest headline show to date, at Glasgows 600-capacity St Lukes.
Luke powered through lockdown, organising the Sofathon Singalong online festivals in aid of the Music Venue Trust, helping grassroots music venues through the crisis. The DIY online events were watched by over a million people and the charity invited him to become a patron alongside legends including Sir Paul McCartney and Billy Bragg.
Lockdown anthem Terribly Beautiful became the title track of a three song EP released in May 2020 which also included the spine-tingling Dead Mans Blues, written with Paolo Nutini guitarist Dave Nelson, which hit Number 1 in Scotland and, incredibly, number 2 on the national midweek chart (if only for a day).
Luke was awarded the prestigious Male Breakthrough award at the 2020 Scottish Music Awards, previously won by the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Emeli Sande, Paolo Nutini and Joesef and 2021 saw him come roaring back into the live arena with the afore-mentioned, sold-out shows at Glasgows King Tuts and St Lukes, supports with The Lathums and festivals including Latitude, Liverpool Sound City and Live at Leeds. The bombastic 2021 single Alter Ego, written with Yungblud guitarist Adam Warrington and Glasgow writer-producer Buzz Killer, was dedicated to "everyone that lost a bit of themselves this last 18 months," with a video featuring Luke battling his own demonic alter ego. Lukes new EP, Lifelines, will be released on July 15th 2022.
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