December 1, 2022

Ginger Wildheart – Sinner, Saint… he came from the North

Interview with Adrian Hextall

Ginger Wildheart and sinners released their debut album, via Wicked Cool Records. The self-titled LP is an energetic album that celebrates rock ‘n’ roll and, as Ginger explains, is “in the spirit of the music we all collectively love, from childhood to the present day.” Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Wilco, The Band, Creedence, The Jayhawks, Lone Justice, Jason & the Scorchers, Georgia Satellites, Status Quo, The Stones… from country roots to rock n roll and Americana.

Formed in August 2019 when Ginger teamed up with Stone Mountain Sinners’ Neil Ivison and Nick Lyndon, the band’s lineup was rounded out by drummer Shane Dixon (Tri-City Fanfare). The album was recorded at Mwnci Studios in Pembrokeshire, Wales, with production by Dave Draper.

The LP kicks off with their first single “Wasted Times”, which sets the tone for an album of pure rock n roll, sprinkled with country touches. Listeners will find seven other original songs, including “Lately, Always” plus two covers: “Dirty Water” by Status Quo and “Six Years Gone” by Georgia Satellites.

We met Ginger on a warm summer evening, sitting in the garden with Maggie, her gorgeous border collie running through the grass as he chatted with us about one of BrewDog’s latest ‘Double Punk’ IPAs. by hand. Barely 8.2%.

MGM: Thank you very much for joining us Ginger. There’s a new album with the Sinners now but I think it’s been done for a while? And a new step too far?

Ginger: Yeah, it was recorded just before the lockdown. It wasn’t planned or anything. We got together in a studio to see what it would look like, and it sounds really good, but it’s been almost two years. It’s good that we have an album that we’re going to tour in October for the first time with people who hopefully know the songs. We’ll see a little bit of participation, songs that the public will sing along to, you never know, so it’s something we’ll see for the first time in October.

MGM: Some of us managed to watch you during last year’s lockdown, with a birthday reprieve at 229 the Venue in London. December 17, 2021.

Ginger: It was a very foundational show for us in terms of how we ended up here. The bonds within the group are based on friendship. Let’s face it. We didn’t do anything and we managed to organize a few shows for festivals. We just went through the skin of our teeth, and then at the anniversary show, it went to another level. I don’t know what it was, but something happened to me on that show. And I just thought, ‘oh, this is actually really, really good’, you know? And I knew it was a good idea but it was just something about, you know, we’ve been off the pitch for a long time and now it’s time to prove it on the pitch again and that’s a real delight. It took us all by surprise, The Sinners

MGM: I guess it’s a good break for you not to be constantly in the foreground? Voice tasks are shared with Neil. You’ve been saying it for years, that you never really wanted to be the lead singer. Somehow you transformed into this person, this person.

Ginger: I did, somewhere along the line although I think I’m pretty good at it. [laughs]. But that doesn’t negate the fact that I never wanted to be a singer, just because I’m good at it. I appreciate it now that I don’t have to do it all night. And Neil likes to sing. It is therefore not difficult to have him on the microphone. The thing is, the whole band can sing and so by the time the second album comes out, everyone takes the lead. I’ll be a quarter of it all and it’s a dream come true for me. As you know, I don’t mind singing and I love singing harmonies, especially the low harmonies that everyone struggles with. I found this one the most fun, it’s very rare that I can do it, it’s a whole new experience for me. I can do harmonies, I have the lead singer and I’m a bit of a fan most of the time.

Neil is a fantastic singer because, you know, he has a great voice, but he’s also a fantastic guitar player. He also makes guitars. Iverson Guitars and they’ve taken off now. So he’s very busy. [Click the link below for info]

https://www.ivisonguitars.com/

He is obviously a very good luthier. We used a lot of his signature guitars on the second album. It’s great to be able to just sit back and watch someone, you know, play and it’s kind of like that, watch Neil. I’m really a fan of this band. He and Nick are so locked up and so loose. It’s lovely. Yeah, I’m completely in love with it all.

MGM: There must be a slight frustration with the fact that you have finished your second album? And you have to linger a bit, because the first deserves its time, it needs to breathe a little I imagine?

Ginger: Yeah, but that’s never a problem because I always have something in the barrel. And this time it’s the solo album. As soon as the Sinners thing dies down for a while and there’s still a bit of, not a dip, but a respite, then you hang on to the festivals and the Sinners are going to do it. When that happens, I’ll put the solo album first. It’s also very satisfying. It’s full of my love of harmony and pop rock and big arrangements and ridiculous arrangements. Yeah, some totally ridiculous parts. It actually comes out as a stream for everyone who has committed to it. Well, I say engagement, it’s not of course, but it’s like the old engagement process. People supported it, pre-ordered it and there will be two albums. Everyone who pre-ordered gets the digital version from a stream.

It will physically release around March (2023) so you don’t need to be in a rush to digest it all as there is a lot to take in. Take your time. We still have to sort the track list [there will be a main and a sister album from the tracks on offer] because I can’t choose. I know some of the songs that will be on the main album, but Dave and I [Draper – Producer] are really struggling with a few of them. I’d love to know what everyone’s favorites are and not just the favorites, but the ones that fit cohesively on an album. We’ll really, really appreciate everyone’s input on this one. I’m really looking forward to. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it because we’ve been working on it all year.

MGM: Solo Album Details [Loosely titled ‘It Came From The North’] The campaign can be viewed here:

In addition to the music and physical copy pre-orders, fans were able to get regular updates on Ginger’s site about the songs, the recording process, giving the myriad contributors the opportunity to feel part of it. stakeholder in the process. [much like the original, before it all went wrong, PledgeMusic campaigns used to].

To learn more and register, click on the link: https://gingerwildheart.net/

Ginger: I’m a music fan, I’m a big music fan. I know what I would like. If Sparks did something like this, which means you could be part of the process and you got to talk to other Sparks fans who were also excited to hear the news, I’d be willing to support that. If you’re a music fan, it’s not hard to think of what would be a good thing to get people involved. And you know, I’m really, really lucky. I think everyone knows that I’m really grateful for the position I’m in. . There’s a very good lesson in that, but any mistakes someone else makes will still affect you. I can’t get a record deal, so I’m going to start a record label.

Are there people you don’t want to work with? Alright, well, I’m going to ask the mother of my kid who is an expert in business administration to run the label and she’s amazing. And she ain’t gonna scam you ’cause all the money is hers anyway [laughs]. Just because things didn’t turn out the way I imagined when I was young doesn’t mean I ended up in this very, very enviable position. It’s only because I didn’t sit down and gave up.

MGM: That’s very true. I’d like to think that at some point I and many others made enough to contribute to your pension for when you finally decide to quit.

Ginger: Well, that’s not gonna happen. So I’m guessing it was a waste of money.

Seriously, all of you help in so many ways. You have helped me financially, but above all you have helped me creatively and mentally. There are many people in our small community who are mental health experts. We can talk to each other on a different level than you can talk to a therapist or a psychiatrist or even your family. It helped me in many ways. You don’t just help…… You empower me, you empower me to succeed. It’s even better than help.

MGM: Speaking of hits, Ginger was recently seen performing in Helsinki with Michael Monroe, celebrating his 60th birthday in style reminiscent of the Birthday Bashes we love every year.

Ginger: I was glad to be invited to this. It was something else. It was with the original Hanoi Rocks line-up so it was obviously very special because I never saw the original. I know I’ve seen them with Razzle, but this time it was[MichaelMonroeNastySuicideAndyMcCoySamiYaffaand)GypCasinoThey’vestillgotthatthingthatissohardtoplayandtights[MichaelMonroeNastySuicideAndyMcCoySamiYaffaet)GypCasinoIlsonttoujourscettechosequiestsidifficileàjoueroùc’estbâcléetserré[MichaelMonroeNastySuicideAndyMcCoySamiYaffaand)GypCasinoThey’vestillgotthatthingthatissohardtoplaywhereit’ssloppyandtight

I was met at the airport by Dregen (Backyard Babies) then we went to see Sammy and Michael and all rehearse. Rich Jones, Steve Conte were there and then we did the show. There were just other people there and it was such a nice atmosphere. Everyone was so supportive. He is 60 years old. I think even Iggy Pop was calming down at the time, not such behavior from Michael.

He has a great, great, great voice. He really has. He doesn’t get much credit for his quality as a singer. He’s so strong, you know, I’ve been to gigs where he’s hanging from a balcony and I’m like, ‘I hope he knows what he’s doing because if he falls…’ it’s a legend. It’s, it’s an icon. He is one of the few living icons

The concert will also be part of a very long-running documentary with Michael, which is nearing completion. It’s going to be a great documentary because, you know, it reminded me of things that he did that I had forgotten about and things that I didn’t even know he had done. He’s led a very colorful life, this guy, and he seems like he’s in no rush to slow down,

MGM: Back to current releases, of course you have the Sinners tour (dates are listed below) and of course the fans are hoping for a show of some sort on December 17th. Can we write the date in pencil?

Ginger: Probably, there’s always something going on and let’s face it, I try to play every birthday even if it’s not part of the plan. So yeah, we’re going to do something and it’s probably going to be Sinners and I’m probably going to put together an interesting bill. You know, maybe a few warm-up gigs too because it’s gonna be a real thrill to be out there playing when people are singing. So I think we’ll just try to do as many shows as possible. And they (the Sinners) will probably hang me if I don’t play with them on my birthday.

The dates for the upcoming Ginger Wildheart and the Sinners tour are below. Tickets can be obtained here:

If you want to get an idea of ​​what to expect, check out our review of last December’s birthday party where the Sinners performed at 229 The Venue in London.

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