On 25th August Jack Cooper – of Ultimate Painting and Mazes fame – is releasing a debut solo album, ‘Sandgrown’, via Trouble In Mind.
Inspired by the likes of Scott Walker, John Cale and Robert Wyatt, it’s an LP that’s set to explore Jack’s time growing up in Blackpool, especially during the winter months when the tourists dwindled and the city revealed a seedy underbelly of bars, drugs and people struggling to get by. Speaking of the album at the time of its announcement, Jack said: “Everyone’s from somewhere. I don’t think it’s particularly important people know this album is about Blackpool, but I think everyone can empathise with the themes on the record”.
After sharing ‘North Of Anywhere’ back in June, Jack’s now lifted the lid on another cut from the album, which you can hear here first. ‘Gynn Square’ references a part of Blackpool not far from the coastline, and sees Jack in a reflective mood, the track filled with laid-back chords and a slightly melancholic vision of the past. Jack says of the track: “I wanted to write something about my time renting out deckchairs on Blackpool Promenade. Working there, socialising with all these weirdos and hanging around the promenade was a life defining time”.
He continued: “Gynn Square was the furthest deckchair stack… this weird outpost where no one would ever go but it was an area that seemed to have this dread to it. You’d typically show up and have to ask a homeless guy to move so you could open the stack, settle him down in a chair for the day and then wait to see who’d show up… drag queens on breaks from Funny Girls or lost American tourists. It was always interesting but had this dangerous air”.
Jack is also set to head out on a tour of the UK in September. Kicking off at the Hope & Ruin in Brighton, he’ll also be off to London, Bristol, Leeds, Salford and Blackpool before rounding off the jaunt in Glasgow. Tickets are on sale now.
Get the first spin of ‘Gynn Square’ and see Jack’s upcoming UK tour dates below.
10 Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
12 London, The Waiting Room
13 Bristol, Café Kino
14 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
15 Salford, The Eagle Inn
16 Blackpool, venue TBC
17 Glasgow, The Old Hairdresser’s