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One Cure for Man

James Parkinson combines emotive vocals, glittering Blitzkrieg guitars and steadfast rhythms with a remarkable capacity for writing captivating songs, all fuelled by social, political and human concerns. James has been described as “a force of nature” and even “at times an instrument of awe”. Certainly, James is a solo artist to be truly reckoned with.

Formed as a band in 2009, before being fully realised as a solo project in 2012, James founded One Cure For Man in Leicester supporting an eclectic mix of signed and touring bands throughout the Midlands. Originally from the town of Barnoldswick in Pennine Lancashire, James grew up in a household where music was not only ever present, but also important. Surrounded by his father’s guitars, eclectic vinyl collection and lo-tech recording equipment, music was always going to play a big part in James life, although it wasn’t until he was 17 that James picked up the guitar and began to really dream of rock stardom.

In December 2013 James released his debut album ‘Serenade the Damned’. Self-recorded and produced in Leicestershire, it showcased a wide variety of songs and writing as well as his vivid illustrations. With support slots with Middleman and The Raglans he decided to move back to his native Lancashire where his song ‘War Of Dreams’ became BBC Radio presenter, Sean McGinty’s favourite song of 2014. A stunning video was produced to accompany the song, which helped James to reach new fans in Europe and America.

James’ second album, ‘Gods and Toys’, was released in October 2015 garnering critical acclaim and more BBC airplay, for tracks such as the deeply atmospheric ‘The Lost’ and the politically prophetic ‘Europe Is Close’. The album was described as being one for “the romantics, the thinkers, the reflectors; people that want to hear songs that make them feel something”, but also as “an effervescent, radio-friendly package that’s difficult not to enjoy”.

The new album ‘Colours in the Fire’ is a fascinating and absorbing work, taking in all manner of subject manner, from dementia, alienation, and historical amnesia to the literature of ‘Lord Of The Flies’ and ‘Animal Farm.’ With a more focused and sharper sound, James has combined his trademark emotive guitars and melodic melancholia with more accessible song structures and hooks. The result is James’ most accomplished album to date and a real achievement for a musician and songwriter who is going from strength to strength.