SAMUEL Taylor was best known as Dead Like Harry’s guitarist and frontman. The band, which is still going strong, built up a healthy following over the past ten years on the back of its ethereal alt country and intrinsically-crafted songs.
But now, while still part of Dead Like Harry, Taylor has branched-off to pursue his own work.
Next week, the music and songwriter releases his debut EP, Some Nobody to Me - a folksy record that charts Taylor’s experiences and observations, as Taylor explains:
“Some Nobody to Me is a comment on different situations and lyrically it moves around throughout the song. It is definitely concerned with the here and now and has a certain protest feel in its musical and lyrical content. I think it came out as an accepting song, an argument that resolves itself within the chorus with a voice of reason.”
But Taylor won’t give too much away: “I don’t want to say too much about the different themes within the song as I would prefer people to take what they want from it but it describes some very real moments in my life.”
Some Nobody to Me is Dylanesque in style, with cryptic lyrics and simple strumming.
“Dylan is a huge influence,” says Taylor. “He always has been except somehow in my earlier writing it was hard for him to get through, hard or the listener to hear where I was coming from.”
But there are other influences on there too.
“I am also heavily influenced by a lot of other folk lyricists. I am a big fan of Shane McGowan and his lyrical poetry. Some of the early Pogues lyrics are so true and real. Tom Waits, Jodi Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Gillian Welch and so many more are also influences on me. I love the idea of the folk lyric and a song that changes with time; a story that moulds and changes and becomes a new story in a new time, a different story with the same message.”
The album - which is released next week - was inspired by a row.
“I don’t want to tell you too much about what it means to me because I want it to mean whatever it means to the listener. But I will say it is a playful dig at different people in different situations.”
Already Taylor’s had attention from the national press. The tracks first airplay was on Graham Norton’s BBC2 show. “This was a massive boost for me,” says Taylor. “I was really excited to receive the support of a major radio station.”
For now though, Taylor’s soaking up the thrill of launching a solo debut. “This is my debut EP and feels like a real milestone for me. It’s something I have been working towards for a long time and an EP I am really proud of.”