The first Cocksure Lads album (The Greatest Hits of The Cocksure Lads, 1963-1968 ) sprung from the classic ‘let’s do it for a lark’ impetus.
Murray and I had a big handful of songs for our imagined British Invasion band (the product of many years’ worth of on-tour jokes) and went into the studio thinking of it as a one-off of sorts. We brought in star musicians Tim Bovaconti and Blake Manning and they provided guitar and drums to songs they’d never heard before – songs that had never been played live.
The resulting album seems to have become a cult favourite, and in the time since its release, the four of us have become not a ‘spoof project’, but a real band. We have a much better idea of who these Lads are, and over the last 3 years of shows, have developed a much richer sound, a more inspired repertoire, and a new sense of arranging that we feel gives each number a life of its own.
This is an album with soaring 3-part harmonies, dance-floor rockers and soul, laddish rave-ups, the tastiest guitar solos we’ve ever heard (Thanks Tim!), and further intriguing lyrical explorations of the growing imagined world of The Cocksure Lads.
It is called Mad Lad Plan…and we can’t wait to debut it live on January 24th!