Producer and bass player Chris Clarke says outright it’s the best record the band has come up with so far while for Danny it’s:
“a bit like taking a peek into somebody’s house, there’s great stuff that immediately grabs your attention and then there’s other stuff and you start out thinking it might be a bit mundane, but as the whole picture takes shape it proves to be incredibly beautiful”
That’s typical Danny Wilson a brave stab at modesty but far too honest to sell himself short. He and his band are already much loved for their whole-hearted openness their democracy and their sheer joy in what they do. They’re going to be loved too for this record. Very soon Brilliant Light will be the soundtrack to an awful lot of people’s lives and that is no small achievement.
The band have also released ‘Swift Street’ from the album.
‘Swift Street’ is deeply personal to Danny George Wilson who co-wrote the song with Polly Paulusma and Carra Bacon.Inspired by three family photographs Swift Street in Melbourne Australia is where Danny’s mother grew up and where in childhood he stayed with his grandparents. The song is near-Proustian in its recall of smells and tastes of past days.
He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore experiment and collaborate – and they’ve grabbed it with both hands.Hidden away somewhere in this diverse collection you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?”. For Danny the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and then serendipity, has been to maximise the creative potential of all The Champs.
DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD + Special Guests WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR: SEPTEMBER 2017 TOUR
12 – LEEDS Brudenell
13 – NOTTINGHAM Maze
14 – SHEFFIELD Plug
15 – MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
16 – GATESHEAD Caedmon Hall
18 – BRISTOL Lantern
19 – CAMBRIDGE Junction 2
20 – LONDON Scala
21 – CARDIFF Globe
22 – OXFORD Bullingdon
23 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum
PRE-ORDER NEW ALBUM ‘BRILLIANT LIGHT’ – OUT 23 JUNE