Today sees the release of ‘Together?’ – the latest single by Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, a four-piece, alt rock ensemble from North Wales/Chester UK.
“‘Together?’ is something I wanted to write so that it would push the boundaries of Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles’ sound, but still maintaining the hooks that I personally always look for when writing a song,” says Billy Bibby. “I don’t personally like going into too much detail about the lyrics but hearing them for yourself you’d probably figure out that it’s about a love triangle of sorts told from the perspective as the outsider of the three.
“I wanted to see how I could make the verse and chorus fit together but at the same time have them quite different in sound. The verse seems quite happy and then the chorus comes in hard and to the point! Live, this song isn’t one to be missed because before we even released it people have been starting mosh pits as the last chorus kicks in! And we all need a song like that, right?”
Since playing their first full band gig in November of 2015, Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles have tallied hundreds of gigs and festivals in 60+ UK cities, and released a début EP and five singles. Radio Wales‘ Adam Walton premiered ‘Together?’ on his BBC Introducing show, praising its “Bowiesque rollicking psychedelia.”
Working the gig circuit hard is no unfamiliar territory for Billy, who spent his late teens and early 20’s plying his trade on lead guitar and backing vocals for Catfish and the Bottlemen, culminating in the co-writing and recording of their UK certified Platinum disc The Balcony.
In 2015, Billy set out to plough a different furrow, eliciting the help of Simon Jones of The Verve to hold auditions for a new ensemble that would become the vehicle for his own songwriting. Be sure to catch his new band on tour throughout March and April. Tour dates below.
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are Billy Bibby (lead vocals, guitar), Tom Hill (lead guitar, vocals), Matt Thomas (bass, vocals) and Ailís Mackay (drums).
‘Together?’ is out now via all major digital download and streaming outlets.
02 – Telfords Warehouse, Chester (Single release day)
06 – Jimmy’s, Manchester
15 – Gwdihw, Cardiff
16 – Verve Bar, Leeds
17 – Leadmill, Sheffield
23 – The Flapper, Birmingham
30 – Toll Bar, Nottingham
31 – EBGBS, Liverpool
05 – PJ Malloys, Dunfermaline
06 – Record Factory, Glasgow
20 – Record Junkee, Sheffield
21 – Blind Tiger, Bolton (Supporting Twisted Wheel)
Photo: Eleanor Freeman