Badlands On Fire is the debut solo album from The Music guitarist Adam Nutter.
Produced by James Chapman, better known as Mercury Prize nominated recording artist Maps, ‘Badlands On Fire’ is a collection of instrumentals born out of years of self-imposed creative isolation. Talking about the genesis of the album Adam says, “The end of The Music brought about a feeling of great personal loss for me, I found it difficult to even listen to music and I didn’t create anything for a decade. But having matured, repaired relationships, and rediscovered my love of music and playing guitar, I decided I wanted to write an instrumental album that effectively told the story of what was becoming my creative rebirth”.
“It started out as an experiment but quickly became an incredibly fulfilling, artistically driven project. I wanted to create a cinematic and uplifting album driven by my guitar melodies, wrapped in symphonic beauty, all tied together sonically by James’ expansive production”.
The project has also spawned a collaboration with Scottish fine artist Ross McCully. Talking about the collaboration with McCully, Adam says, “I came across Ross’ work online and something about his paintings resonated with me and seemed to connect with the music I was writing. Each piece of music on the album evokes such vivid imagery in my mind that I decided to ask Ross to paint a canvass for and inspired by each track. The pieces he’s come up with are stunning, bursting with colour and vibrancy and perfectly capture the emotional essence of each track. The collaboration with Ross has been a cathartic celebration of joy and hope for me”.
The Music reformed briefly in the summer of 2022 to play a massive hometown headline show at Leeds Temple Newsam Park.
The Leeds show, plus a rapturously received comeback gig at Glasgow Barrowland marked the Kippax four piece’s first gigs together since 2011, and 20 years since the release of their classic eponymously named debut album.
With the legendary Barrowland venue selling out in under an hour and over 12,000 people filling the grounds of Temple Newsam House to celebrate the band’s return, the live set drew on songs from all three of the band’s studio albums.
The legendary intensity and power that their live shows were always famed for was capture for posterity on the Live at Temple Newsam album in released in September this year.
Badlands On Fire is released through Townsend Music on 21/04/23 and is available to pre-order now in various exclusive formats HERE.