FAINT LINE are the Leeds based duo comprising Simon Bradshaw and Lia Wickham. Simon deals with all of the instrumentals and the production side of things on the band’s tracks and Lia provides the vocals and that’s about it….. Or is it?
Well for any other band it might be, but not for FAINT LINE because you see Lia is a vocal enigma who has been blessed with a voice so pure that she could make angels weep. Think of a cross between Kate Bush, London Grammar and Portishead, she has further just graduated from Leeds Conservatoire with a first in songwriting and her debut EP was released in early 2023 to much critical acclaim. Simon (AKA WeatheredMan), is an award-winning writer and producer currently working out of a number of studios across the north of England.
Over the past few years Simon has worked with many renowned artists from all over the globe (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Wombats, Cheryl Cole, Peter Hook and he recently co-wrote a track for K-Pop legends ShinEE on their hit album ‘Don’t Call Me’, which was a number one hit in over 78 countries ). As a performer himself in a variety of cult indie bands (largely via the Probe Plus label – the UK’s longest running independent and publishers Bucks Music Group) he has accumulated support from all the UK’s premier tastemakers including NME, Q, Huff Post, Louder Than War, Steve Lamacq, Jo Whiley, Zane Lowe, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe and has partaken in an amazing John Peel Session. He has also completed multiple US and European tours including 3 trips for headline gigs at SXSW…. Phew!
Since joining the production music world Simon has enjoyed a variety of collaborative opportunities including his music with Lia and FAINT LINE.
FAINT LINE came into existence when Lia and Simon were both employed to work together on a writing project for TV and Film. It was during these sessions that the pair realised that something magical was unfolding and it was decided that the world deserved and needed to hear the results.
The band are still very much in their infancy having released two singles to date – ‘So Far Away’ (24 February 2023) and ‘Cherish’ (31st March 2023). Both of which form part of the band’s debut EP and which have been well received, kick-starting the band’s upwards trajectory for success..
‘Red Tide’ is a low key alt-pop song that evokes London Grammar at their finest or touches of St Vincent at her most thoughtful, but with a groove and a bass line that will be in your head for days. The synthesised back beats provide an also hypnotic, ticking rhythm setting the scene for the stunning self-harmonised vocals to really shine and take centre stage. It’s an enchanting track that is skillfully put together – you can tell from the first listen that it’s a cut above in musical terms.
Simon has commented of the track:
“This is the track that started it all. We were put together as part of a writing project and this is what came out of those first sessions. It was pretty clear from day 1 that this wasn’t going to be just another standard session in the studio and before we knew it, we were a band…”
‘Red Tide’ was collaboratively composed and written by Lia and Simon, was recorded and Mixed in Simon’s own studio (@weatheredmanmusic) and is being released on MT Records.
‘Red Tide’ is already doing phenomenally well for the band having been regularly featured by and added to Amazing Radio’s B-List and having been picked up by Tom Robinson for his BBC 6 Music Mixtape and Fresh On The Net.
Listen to ‘Red Tide’ HERE NOW
27.05.23 – Supporting Badly Drawn Boy at Party In The Pews Festival
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