The album release will follow a UK tour in May of special screenings of Lawrence of Belgravia, Paul Kelly’s intimate portrait of Lawrence, which premiered at last October’s London Film Festival to much critical acclaim. Filmed over the last eight years, the film follows Lawrence as he tries to balance a precarious domestic lifestyle with running a band and recording his latest album, now due for release as On The Hot Dog Streets.
Each special screening will followed by a Q&A session with both Lawrence and the film’s director, Paul Kelly. See attached for dates.
As lead singer with Felt, Lawrence was responsible for some of the most precious music of the 1980s. On touchstone indie labels such as Cherry Red and Creation, the band released ten albums and ten singles – one for each year of the decade. Though few releases troubled the charts, Felt’s cult status was assured and a mission of sorts was accomplished. Lawrence went on to form Denim and Go-Kart Mozart, bands that revelled in referencing 1970s glam and novelty rock while slyly critiquing the contemporary pop scenes. There’s been an air of tragi-comedy about Lawrence’s career at times. Felt were bumped from the cover of the NME when editors favoured a blacked-out cover to illustrate a feature on youth suicide, while Denim’s infectious 1997 single Summer Smash was scratched from radio playlists when it was released in the week Princess Diana died.
ON THE HOT DOG STREETS (BRUM4LP)
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