UK singer / songwriter / guitarist David Christian (aka David Charlie Feck aka Charlie Damage) has been making pretty good music with eclectic indie rock collective Comet Gain since 1992, but after 29 years it felt like a good time to also do a solo album. He had exchanged London for the South of France, and after a while of picking up pinecones with the sun on the back of his head, in which he tried to make sense of all the opinions about the pandemic, Brexit and stuff, he decided he simply had to express his inner soul. With the kind help of numerous friends* on numerous instruments, he created For Those We Met On The Way, a timeless folk-rock album – honest, tender and authentic as it should be. The album title and songs are inspired by the relocation and all the emotions that came with it, which brought faded moments, people and places back to mind. There are beautiful acoustic guitar ballads like Holloway Sweethearts, but also haunted rock tracks with a post-punk feel, like The Ballad For The Button-downs, all well crafted. This first solo LP is an instant classic in the genre.
*The group of friends, meanwhile called The Pinecone Orchestra, consists of James Horsey and Alasdair MacLean (The Clientele), Ben Phillipson (18th Day Of May/Trimdon Grange Explosion/Comet Gain), Gerry Love (Teenage Fan Club/Lightships), Anne- Laure Guillain (Comet Gain/Cinema Red And Blue), Joe-Harvey Whyte (Hanging Stars), Mike and Allison Targett (Heist), and Cosmic Neman (Zombie/Zombie, Herman Dune).
For Those We Met On The Way is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Tapete Records.