Perhaps better known as the drummer for bands such as Fat White Family and Phobophobes, Dan Lyons is now ready to go it alone and has created a fantastic debut record in “SubSuburbia”. After living the life of a typical itinerant musician, Dan has settled on the Kent coast in Margate with his (romantic & musical) partner Freya Warsi to escape the noise and pollution of city life. After kicking off his solo career in 2017, Dan was finally centre stage. And performing with a host of musicians from the South London music scene and beyond to complete the line-up for his backing band.
The songs written for Dan’s debut album were mostly done so between Paris and London during a long, difficult summer crowded with personal loss and intrepid soul searching. They paint a picture of city life, a keyhole glimpse into an intricate and fragile heart. His sound has been described as “Quintessential surrealist Anglo – pop”. Echoes of Echo & The Bunnymen and ‘Rubber Soul’ era Beatles entwine with lo-fi sensibilities that nod towards The Go Betweens, Syd Barrett and The Clean.
2018 started with a two week trip to the United States to play in L.A and at SXSW Festival – with the help of the PRS International Showcase Fund – and the release of highly anticipated debut single ‘Big Moon’. Dan and his band released the follow up, ‘Gargoyle’ in August, celebrating with a sold out headline gig at Le Pop up Du Label in Paris. The video was directed by Katia Ganfield and shot by the chief documenter of the South London music scene, Lou Smith. It was filmed at the Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate.
Dan recorded his debut LP with producer Chris Hayden (Florence & The Machine / Whenyoung) and was mixed by Ash Workman (Metronomy / Christine and The Queens / Baxter Dury). The album was recorded at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate and set for release in March 2020 on Futureproof Records. It is a collection of intensely beautiful and intimate songs that hark back to the golden days of songwriting, all the while keeping a finger on the pulse post Brexit Britain.