Friday night might as well be a homecoming for Robyn Hitchcock as the English singer and songwriter gets set to headline Mercy Lounge in Nashville.
Though he’s not originally from Tennessee, Hitchcock considers Nashville his home base. He has been in the music industry for over 40 years and has released over 20 albums. Included in those records includes his solo work, as when he was a member of the Soft Boys, a 70s neo psychedelia band.
Hitchcock debuted a new single, “Sunday Never Comes” back on Oct. 30, just before his U.S. tour was set to get underway. The new track was recorded in Nashville late last year, backed alongside The Nashville Fabs, an ensemble that includes guitarist Buddy Hughen (Tristen), bassist Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense) and drummer Ryan Brewer.
“Sunday Never Comes,” was originally written for “Juliet, Naked,” a 2018 film directed by Jesse Peretz. Hitchcock was commissioned to score the film and the track is performed by the lead actor, Ethan Hawke.
“As Ethan Hawkes singes the song in the film, I thought I should make my own version available,” Hitchcock said about the single. “The video was shot in Sydney, directed by Jeremy Dylan (who filmed my last two promotional clips) and features me as an arist marooned in an abandoned apartment, wisfully peering at footage of my partner, Emma, as she vamps soulfully through Berlin. Were we ever together? At one point I start drawing her. The theme is distance, speration, and a resolution on that never comes to pass.”
While releasing his version of “Sunday Never Comes,” Hitchcock also revealed a new song, “Take Off Your Bandages," which is featured on a double-sided vinyl. That limited edition pink vinyl can be purchased on Hitchcock’s online store here.
Prior to releasing his two new tracks, Hitchcock released a four-song EP earlier this year. He teamed with English pop legend Andy Partridge, for "Planet England." The full EP can be listened to here.
On Friday, Hitchcock will be performing alongside The Nashville Fabs with Sean Nelson opening. Show time is scheduled 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.