Scene and Heard – CCXXXIV : What You Make of It – The Sad Song Co. (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

600x600bfAhead of his forthcoming album, Worth, due out early February, The Sad Song Co. aka Nigel Powell has released a brilliant animated lyric video for the track What You make of It, which is also available as a free download if you pre-order the album.

As part of a number of influential and original bands Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Unbelievable Truth, Dive Dive, Nigel has been part of wave of cultish bands which have broken through to mainstream success but his most intimate, poignant and thought provoking creative outlet can be found in this solo musical vehicle.

And live, the sparseness and intimate nature of the songs will be on show to their full extent as The Sad Song Co. live show filters Nigel’s songs down to their core. With only himself, and occasional help from long-term collaborator Jason Moulster, each show reveals the depth of songwriting without the churning sands atop the root of the songs. It also allows us to enjoy the warm charm of their creator, who remains modest throughout.

Nigel says: “It’s always interesting playing live because while I love producing records, this strips things down and gets to the heart of the songs.The new songs especially have many layers and it’s educational to peel them back and find what’s driving it all underneath.

It’s also terrifying! I play hundreds of gigs every year as a drummer – confident in my abilities – but put me up front and it’s far more nerve-racking.”

See Nigel play at the following dates:


18th Tunbridge Wells – The Forum (supporting Frank Turner)


7th Manchester – The Castle (w/ El Morgan And The Divers)

 10th Aldershot – The West End Centre

11th Southampton – Joiners

13th Nottingham – Bodega

14th Bristol – Exchange

15th London – Thousand Island

16th Devizes – The Lamb

17th Oxford – Museum Of Modern Art

18th Tunbridge Wells – The Forum Basement @ The Sussex Arms

Tickets are £6.50 adv / £7.50 on the door, except London which is £8.50 adv / £10.50 on the door.

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