Somewhere For Me Actually Gay Men's Chorus
10TH AUGUST 2011: 30 GAY MEN SIGN £1MILLION DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL
Universal Records today announced that they have signed a 30 strong Gay Men’s Chorus to join the label that is home to U2, Grace Jones, PJ Harvey and Paul Weller. The first ever major record deal for a gay men’s chorus, an alternative choir, The Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus will release their debut album of alternative music in October.
The Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus will release their eponymous debut album on 3 October 2011. In a move to dispel the clichés surrounding what one would expect to hear from a gay men’s chorus, the album will feature a variety of unique interpretations and alternative arrangements of alternative / rock singles and B-sides, by artists such as Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen), Radiohead, Neil Young, The Enemy, David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails. The album will also feature one original song.
This announcement coincides with one of the biggest dates in the UK gay calendar – Pride Brighton & Hove – which hosts its annual Parade and Park Event on Saturday 13 August. The Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing on the Live Stage on the Saturday.
From barman to baker, teacher to travel agent, The Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus have come a long way since forming six years ago by John Hamilton and Jason Pimblett. The overall aim of the Chorus was to provide a community for gay men to share experiences, have fun but most importantly develop and learn vocal abilities and embrace new styles of music not often associated with the gay community.
Somewhere For Me features covers from artists such as Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie and Neil Young. The Chorus chose to name the album 'Somewhere For Me' after the first track of the same name because it sums up how we all feel about our home, Brighton & Hove. This is the first time this track has been released and it was written by Thea Gilmore.
John Hamilton said ‘It was an amazing experience recording the tracks for Universal, and now we have an incredible album to show for it. We’re very happy with the results and have received great feedback from people who heard us perform at Brighton Pride and Student Pride, we hope everyone will enjoy it as much as we do.