Andy Thornton has been writing songs since the day he first picked up a guitar at age 14. His instinct for telling his story in song is only equalled by his passion to get beneath the surface of everyday life and unveil the secrets of the human heart: whether it be anger, frustration, tenderness, wild love or hope of justice.
"The Things You Never Say" the first single to be lifted from the album of the same name, this story goes to its next stage. Thornton's sound is a distinct crossover blend. In this latest offering references are as varied as Costello, Van Morrison, Radiohead and the Blue Nile.
Andy's history goes back to the mid-80s when his band Big Sur emerged out of the high profile Glasgow music scene of the time. Touring with Deacon Blue in '88 followed the release of their single 'Please Stay', which reached the lofty heights of 'record of the week' in Record Mirror. Andy was signed as a songwriter to Chrysalis Music the following year.
Ten years and 3 releases later Andy prefers to unveil the trail of his life with more intimacy than most commercial environments allow. This results in radio-friendly songs that dig deeper into human experience than many radio stations offer. This territory appeals to the adult listener whose taste is firmly in rock and pop but who demands a sophistication of music and lyric to satisfy the educated taste.
"I've got to the point where songs just seem to write themselves in me!" says Thornton, "about half of the album songs came out of my head nearly finished. One of them was completely written before I ever got to hear it! I was on holiday and the idea, chords, melody and all, came back with me, written down and then I finally got hold of my guitar again and heard it. I seem to write better by being my own audience and listening than by trying to make songs happen."
Recently Andy has appeared at The Porter Bar in Bath, The Pleasance Cabaret Bar in Edinburgh and Sloanes in Glasgow. Further dates will be confirmed.
'The Things You Never Say' is a testimony to many years of listening! Songs that seemed to speak to Thornton first are nurtured and crafted into individual offerings of clear originality.
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2. Heat of Your Love
3. She Won't Talk to Me
4. One Less Holy
5. The Things You Never Say
6. The Final Key
7. Overtime Overground
8. Hands of Time
9. Heartbeat in Everything
10. World Gone Madness
11. God Is Black
12. Confessing [the Sight of Beauty]
13. I'm Not the Man