We chatted to NOVELTY ISLAND about his new Single – Michael Afternoon

Although released a couple of weeks ago, and another single out tomorrow that you should definitely check out first thing, this absolute hidden gem is one you will want to listen to, and find out more about. Have a read of our interview here:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Who is Novelty Island? Where are you from?
I’m Tom McConnell.. a songwriter and musician from Liverpool. I set up my project Novelty Island in the basement of Abbey Road Studios where Abbey Road Institute is based. I then proceeded to fill Novelty Island with my surreal pop songs and papier-mache… 

What are your biggest inspirations in the music world?
Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson

You recently released your new single, Michael Afternoon. What does this song mean, to you as the singer-songwriter?
Michael Afternoon is a shattered and battered fella who’s given up on the world, half a bag of sugar’s what he needs…

How does this compare with your previous singles and EPs?
I think the forthcoming album (which includes Michael Afternoon) is more concise than my previous releases, probably as it was all written and recorded in a very short space of time. I also think there’s more of a definite lyrical style to this stuff… 

Did you have any help in creating the musical masterpiece that is Michael Afternoon?
I recorded all the instruments/vocals at home in Liverpool myself except the drums that were added on by Jan Simson at 13 Studios in London. It was then mixed by Carlos Lellis so I had help from Carlos, Jan and my guitars… 

What artists have you been listening to recently?
I’ve been listening to Flyte’s new record, a guy called Nick Nicely and I found an EP by an artist called XINA recently that I thought was great… 

What advice would you give to those looking to make music?
Ignore this – “you’ve got a foot in the door, just gotta kick it open” said pub bloke #24233425

What is next for Novelty Island?
My debut album, How Are You Coping With This Century? comes out in October on Think Like A Key records and I’m currently getting a live band together. Dates will be announced soon… 

Where can we find out more about you?
instagram.com/_noveltyisland and novelty-island.com 

Anything else you would like to tell us?
Welcome to Novelty Island… 

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