“Wonderful music that combines classic soul influences with a distinctly modern production
approach…” The Sunday Times
“As heart-warmingly catchy as anything from Stevie Wonder’s purple patch” – Uncut
Mamas Gun are set to release their much-anticipated third studio album, ‘Cheap Hotel’
on the 12th September. The album is preceded by the irresistible hook-laden lead
single ‘Red Cassette’.
‘Cheap Hotel’ sees the band back with the ‘dream team’ who produced their debut (Routes
to Riches) - Julian Simmons (Ed Sheeran, Guillemots) and founder member Andy Platts.
The album is a huge sonic step forward; at the same time arguably more experimental
than previous work, yet full of timeless song writing, it is laced with a mixture
of modern and retro sounds, pure pop sensibilities and the kind of musical clarity
only heard in a band who have truly cemented their bonds.
The first single from the album will be ‘Red Cassette’ (out 18th July); a nostalgic
summery tune, echoing the synth pop sounds of Prince and Daft Punk. “It’s a song
about nostalgia, life choices and tracing the roots back to when I first started
making music – when I was around 8 or 9 years old,” says lead singer Andy Platts,
“staying up late and recording fake radio shows and making up songs which I recorded
onto cassette...I also like the idea of uplifting songs which revolve around one
simple chord sequence.”
‘Cheap Hotel’ contains a range of moods from the mellow Bob Marley influenced track
‘Midas Touch’ through to the lifting melodic sounds of ‘Hello Goodnight’, a nod to
Electric Light Orchestra. “For me ELO combined fantastic Beatlesesque song writing
with a bit of the flavour of American soul / R & B and the bombast of Queen,” says
Andy, “three musical ingredients I personally really identify with.”
Mamas Gun are a five-piece band, fronted by the charismatic and striking singer/composer/producer
Andy Platts, who blend Motown, soul, funk and rock influences to stunning effect.
Having released two critically acclaimed albums, toured with the likes of De La Soul,
Raphael Saadiq, and Beverley Knight and played to tens of thousands of fans worldwide,
their third offering, ‘Cheap Hotel’ is a landmark release that will surely take Mamas
Gun to a whole new level. As Andy puts it:
“I think this is our coming of age record. There was a consensus this time round
to take our time, to try to examine every riff, every melody scrap, every chord change
and indeed every song that any member may have to put on the table. It was a very
Mamas Gun’s debut album ‘Routes To Riches’ picked up support from the likes of Sunday
Times Culture, The Guardian and Billboard as well as BBC Radio 2, amongst others.
It was the band’s unexpected impact in Japan that really made the world sit up and
take note: Mamas Gun were heralded as the most played international act in the country
that year (beating Madonna to the No. 1 airplay slot), also achieving the No.3 sales
slot on the Japanese Billboard charts
The second album ‘The Life & Soul’, produced by Grammy Award winning production team
Martin Terefe and Andreas (noted for success with artists such as Jason Mraz, Train,
James Morrison, Jamie Cullum, and KT Tunstall) categorically cemented the band’s
reach and reputation both in the UK and internationally.
During the period between ‘The Life & Soul’ and the recording of the new album the
guys concluded the long search for the bands new bass player, spent months as a group
writing the new material, and toured the world including headline slots and sold
out shows around the world from Java Jazz in Indonesia (alongside Stevie Wonder)
to 14 date runs throughout Germany and Europe.
Most recently Mamas Gun have been approached by some major sync placement companies
based in North America who have picked up on the bands’ music through the internet
grapevine (having seen it used by several influential Vloggers) and will be working
with them on placing their music to the wider Film/TV world from 2014.
Platts has also achieved international hits in Europe and the Far East for songs
he has written for other artists, including a Number 1 hit with Korean artist John
Park, all of which has lead to separate publishing deals in different territories
around the world to capitalise on this international success. In Holland Andy wrote
a hit song with Waylon, (the Escapist )and co wrote songs with Lisa Lois and Alain
Clark, on which the band also played on Alain’s cd release party last February in