The Brighton and Hove Gay Men’s Chorus, who grabbed global attention last month when they announced a £1 million record deal with Universal, will release their eponymous debut album on Monday 5 December 2011.
Breaking new ground for a gay music act, The Brighton and Hove Gay Men’s Chorus have rejected the typical ‘gay’ anthems for the more unusual repertoire of UK and American alternative rock and indie folk fare.
From Radiohead’s Top 5 hit ‘No Surprises’, David Bowie’s No. 1 signature song ‘Heroes’, the brilliantly melancholic ‘Hurt’ (originally by Nine Inch Nails and later covered by country hero Johnny Cash), the Ian McCulloch album track ‘Playgrounds and City Parks’ and ‘Last Goodbye’ from the second album by UK indie boys The Enemy, to songs by Neil Young, Ron Sexsmith, Walter Trout and Richard and Linda Thompson, ‘The Brighton and Hove Gay Men’s Chorus’ is an album of great songs, performed in a thrilling new musical way.
The album will also include a previously unreleased song by acoustic singer songwriter Thea Gilmore, ‘Somewhere For Me’. Recorded at Kore Studios and Goldust Studios in London, the album is produced by Michael and Marli Harwood.
The Brighton and Hove Gay Men’s Chorus formed six years ago by John Hamilton and Jason Pimblett and now comprises of 30 members. The overall aim of the Chorus was to provide a community for gay men to share experiences, have fun but most importantly develop and learn vocal abilities and embrace new styles of music not often associated with the gay community.
The Brighton and Hove Gay Men’s Chorus is out 5 December 2011
1. Somewhere for Me (original song by Thea Gilmore)
2. Playgrounds & City Parks (Ian McCulloch)
3. Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)
4. God Loves Everyone (Ron Sexsmith)
5. Let Me Be The One (Walter Trout)
6. Heroes (David Bowie)
7. The Last Goodbye (The Enemy)
8. After The Goldrush (Neil Young)
9. No Surprises (Radiohead)
10. A Heart Needs A Home (Richard and Linda Thompson)