Tim Booth is more shocked than anyone to be back on the road in promotion of his debut solo album, ‘Bone’.
He’d been so busy in other ‘entertainment’ related fields, since the demise of James in 2001, that he never expected ‘the happy accident’ to happen. Not that Tim likes ‘Bone’ being refered to as a solo album.
“I’m not in control of this, it was a complete accident,” he says with enthusiasm and genuine surprise. “It’s not a solo record, it’s a collaboration.”
There is indeed a feeling of spontaneity all over ‘Bone’, which was produced chiefly in a Brighton bedroom by Lee ‘Muddy’ Baker and featuring several song-writing collaborations with Kevin ‘KK’ Kerrigan.
I knew they were great songs, but we couldn’t finish them,” says Booth. “Lee came along and gave it sexiness. He comes up with the most amazing bass lines.
“We’ve got a lot of grooves on the record, and James didn’t have grooves. James were hard to dance to.”
That ‘accidental’ line about this record is no spin. “I met all of the band last year, they all make their own records and do other things.
“My idea at the time was I didn’t want to sing the songs and I didn’t want to tour, so we were going to find some band and get them to do it.”
But, we can only be thankful that Booth and the boys laid down the twelve tracks which make up ‘Bone’. From the James-like ‘Down To The Sea’ to the title track itself, this album is as fresh as a Brighton’s summer morning.
‘Bone’ may indeed by a happy accident, but never has Tim Booth sounded this alive and fresh. Let’s hope he stumbles upon a second helping pretty soon.