Songs and song-writing have always been a constant companion in French’s life. Growing
up in Congleton in Cheshire, between Stoke & Manchester, when French’s parents separated, music was what he and his music enthusiast father would bond over on weekend visits. Finding common interests as father enlightened son about the gems in his collection; playing him Nirvana, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, and taking him to see the then newly reformed Sex Pistols and igniting the spark that’s now a roaring fire burning up anything that might fuel it creatively.
A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, French’s hunger for music led him – like so many recording artists before him – to a job working at the local record store where he imbibed as much music as he could, drawing on everything from Burial and Bon Iver to Johnny Cash and John Lee Hooker as he began his own nascent song-writing.
Fast forward four years, and French is one of the most interesting singer/songwriters on the scene. Be it bashing a radiator for percussion, unexpectedly ramping up a song with a thundering juggernaut of clattering drum machines or even asking an engineer to walk around with carrier bags tied to his feet to “dirty up” ambient guitar sounds in a recording session.
With a sonically bold debut album already recorded, and multiple festival appearances and solo shows under his belt, French is quickly rising to the top. Supporting and sharing the bill with the likes of Jack Garratt, Rat Boy, Frances, Pete Doherty, Miles Kane, and The Sunshine Underground, he is set for big things ahead.
Tickets go on sale this Friday (8th February) and can be picked up here.