British solo artist SICKY presents ‘Beans’, a complex melodic slice of alt-pop with slick lyrics, from his thickly layered sophomore album ‘Garbage Town’. This 12-track collection was supported by three singles – the title track ‘Garbage Town’, ‘The Bridge’ and ‘A Bite Without A Mark’.
SICKY is the solo project of Mick Butler, his brand of melodic Britpop-infused indie rock spells good news for fans of Beck, Supergrass and early Blur. Originally from the Black Country region of England, he is now based in Shropshire.
“This album continues the theme of shaking off dark days and making better things happen. It also includes songs that are just quirky bits of pop fun. ‘Beans’, for instance, is a tale of someone I know who cannot be named. This friend has become infamous for his loose behaviour so I’ve likened him to Beans, the family cat. Songs ‘None of That’ and ‘Protect Me Protect Mine’ were very much inspired by the invasion of Ukraine. It’s so hard to believe this can still happen in the 21st century,” says SICKY.
While Mick Butler has had his run of playing in bands, ranging from the brass soaked pop of Papa Mantra to the dirty stomp of SUMO, he now derives pleasure from banging out tunes and crafting new material. Literally everything you hear in his music is him squeezing noises out of anything that’ll sing.
“Life inspires me.Things that happen to me or people around me, good or bad. I tend to write when I least expect it. I never sit down and plan to write something. All my albums have been accidents. If you like dark matter, heart felt musings, rough edge diamonds, heart on sleeve kinda music, then please give Garbage Town a listen… It might just leave a mark,” says SICKY.
The new album comes a year after his lockdown album ‘Bowling Balls’, which was partially inspired by Prince and Bowie, as well as Ray Bradbury‘s book ‘The Martian Chronicles’.
Written by Mick Butler (SICKY)
Recorded, mixed and produced by SICKY in Shropshire
Mastering by Streaky at Streaky Mastering
Written & recorded in January 2022. Mixed in July 2022
1. The Bridge
2. Swim Shallow
4. None Of That
5. A Bite Without A Mark
6. Sleep On It
7. Head First
8. Protect Me Protect Mine
9. Garbage Town
10. New Bones
11. Einstein’s Baby (Explicit lyrics)
12. Times Ten
“This music is down-the-middle catchy and clever. It is, at the same time, gleeful, tuneful, and a hell of a lot of fun… recalls such artists as Gene, Manic Street Preachers, Muse and Super Furry Animals” ~ Amplify Music Magazine
“This is intelligent brit-pop-rock that presents some delightful off-the-rails fun” ~ The Spill Magazine
“It’s pop, yes, but pop that comes from the streets, pop that has had a tough upbringing, pop with dirt on its face and blood on its knuckles” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“There is something in the balance of weight and jauntiness, the lyrics that get deeper and darker the more you contemplate them, the fine line it walks between pop and a hard place, between edge and accessibility” ~ Dancing About Architecture