He may have sold thousands of copies of his debut album worldwide, but it all started in Lincoln with a memorable launch gig, involving months of planning. With his second album due next month, Ian Brough and his band The Breakfast Club are gearing up for another unforgettable night when he unveils his new material.
Having previously decked out the L4 Bar on Guildhall Street as a sensory room for the launch of last year’s debut album, Ian has even grander ideas for Thursday, May 10, at Walkabout: “We’re going to recreate the artwork for the album onstage, which means getting trees, turf and dismantled cars into the venue.”
The night is to promote Brough’s new album, Car Crashes And Part Time Lesbians, the follow up to debut Surrounded By Autism And Comforting Lights. Ian was humbled by the reception the first effort received: “The last album launch was overwhelming, I’d only been playing for a few months so to have 400 people turn up was incredible.”
Ian Brough (pictured centre), who is taking time out from being a teacher to focus on music, believes that going the extra mile when releasing new material is essential to ensure people take notice in a busy music scene. He said: “There’s so many bands here it’s easy to get swept under the carpet and forgotten, so you have to make it special and turn it into a big event so that people remember it.”
The album was recorded with local producer and Breakfast Club drummer Sam Harrison, also a local musician. Harrison said: “It’s definitely better than the last album, and manically different too. There’s much more experimentation and a wider range of influences on this album.”
Not content with bringing the outdoors inside for his performance, Brough has also assembled a plethora of acts from the city in support including recent Battle of the Bands victors Bear Makes Ninja, soporific folk from Helen Francis, one-man band Loop Cycles and acoustic maestros Good Effort. The event starts at 8:00pm.