Claire Wilcock – 2015-2016 – Part 5

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L’Aventure Vostok, Claire Wilcock and The Winter Tyres


Exit Sign – L’Aventure Vostok
Think Further – L’Aventure Vostok
Your Runner Up – Claire Wilcock
Last Christmas – Claire Wilcock
Holding Hands in Public EP – The Winter Tyres
Clouds Across the Moon – The Winter Tyres

Exit Sign – L’Aventure Vostok published 8 November 2015

L’Aquilone, Liège, Belgium, 7 November 2015

Think Further – L’Aventure Vostok published 8 November 2015

L’Aquilone, Liège, Belgium, 7 November 2015

Your Runner Up – Claire Wilcock published 2015

Last Christmas – Claire Wilcock published 2015

Holding Hands in Public EP – The Winter Tyres released 24 January 2016

Produced by Richard Brett and Brian Carney. Sleeve design by Akim Collardson

Music and lyrics by Claire Wilcock, except track 5 – Music and lyrics by Rémi Confalonieri

Richard Brett: Bass guitar
Rémi Confalonieri: Guitar
Maria Ruiz Novales: Glockenspiel, Melodica
Annick Van den Bossche: Flute
Claire Wilcock: Vocals

The Winter Tyres presented their ‘Holding Hands in Public EP’ on Thursday, 25 February 2016 at Quai du Barbou Péniche Légia, 4020 Liège, Belgium.

On 28th January 2016, Brian Carney wrote in Backseat Mafia about the EP:

‘The Winter Tyres’ is a five-piece acoustic pop band based in Belgium, that came into existence when Brian Bordello (The Bordellos) found a battered C60 cassette down the back of the sofa, that he’d made aeons ago entitled “Songs For a Girl to Sing”.

These songs were sent to his old friend Claire Wilcock, and The Winter Tyres was formed to finally bring them into existence (they can be found on the 2013 e.p ‘Tired of Winter’.)

Since then, the Anglo/Belgian/Spanish quintet have written their own compositions and they make up their new six track mini album ‘Holding Hands in Public’.

The sound is unashamedly melodic, melancholic and nostalgic – in a soft-focus way rather than citing any past genre – and evokes bittersweet first-love heartbreak and endless sunny days, aided and abetted by the haunting plaintive flute and occasional melodica.

Wilcock’s lyrics relate crushed affections, affectionate crushes and unrealised dreams, over a backwash of acoustic guitar, bass, glockenspeil and percussion. The overall effect is like riding on your childhood sweetheart’s handlebars through a cornfield, and as warming as the late afternoon pastoral sun.

Clouds Across the Moon – The Winter Tyres published on 26 Feb 2016

Quai du Barbou Péniche Légia, Liège, Belgium, Thursday, 25 February 2016, ‘Holding Hands in Public’ EP release show.


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All links accessed and working on 22 December 2017.

The Winter Tyres on Facebook
The Winter Tyres on Twitter (@TheWinterTyres)
Claire to tackle Big North swim in Lake Windermere in memory of her brother-in-law – St Helens Star – 10th June 2015
EP: The Winter Typres – Holding Hands In Public – Backseat Mafia – 28 January 2016
See: The Kitchen Sink Drama release video for debut single Idiot – Backseat Mafia – 21 July 2016
The Kitchen Sink Drama on BandCamp
Planet Claire Podcasts on Radio Rectangle

This article was created, compiled and produced by Barry Grady. 22 December 2017.

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