In the midst of the Lockdown, whilst realising that everything I usually do is a collaboration with a group of people standing in the same room, I came across a Lou Reed interview where Lou talked about writing the song Vicious and about how it was an assignment from Andy Warhol. Andy gave Lou the title and the first line and, according to Lou, the rest was easy because it became about finishing an assignment. The first difficult step had been done by someone else.
I then wrote to some fellow artist colleagues around the planet and asked them for an assignment - the title and first line of a song - Maybe there's a song they'’d like to hear that no-one's written yet?
The songs were written quickly, quite often spontaneously.
ASSIGNMENTS #1 was released on Cassette (with download) and on all digital platforms via Ikarus Records, Switzerland on November 6th 2020.
It contains seven songs written after song titles and and first lines were suggested by; Jacob Wren, Paloma Ayala, Charbel Haber, Erin Hawkins and Renée van Trier
ASSIGNMENTS #1 was recorded and mixed by David Langhard at DALA Studios, Winterthur 20. - 22. July 2020
Phil Hayes Sings, plays Guitar, Drums and a Bass
Daniel Nievergelt plays Guitars and Bass
David Langhard plays Piano.
Buy ASSIGNMENTS #1 here
ASSIGNMENTS #1 on Bandcamp
ASSIGNMENTS on Spotify
ASSIGNMENTS #1 made the best of 2020 lists for songs and albums on the Sounds! programme on Swiss national radio SRF3.
to be continued… ASSIGNMENTS #2 coming soon ……