There was the boyhood spent watching ancient films and classic TV shows. There was the reading of half-digested biographies. There was the experience of being uprooted from Yorkshire (Barsnley) and subsequently growing up in a shabby sea-side town (Blackpool). There was the impact of his parents' divorce. There were the numerous faltering careers (egg delivery man, bed salesman, MPs assistant, civil servant). All this and more has formed the backdrop to Glyn Bailey’s music.
Earliest musical memories are of Sinatra discs on the family stereogram, the later love of classic pop (Beatles, Bolan, Bowie) and that most of his generation the weekly right of passage the Thursday night Top of the Pops. A key moment came with the gift of a real to real tape recorder for his tenth birthday, the love of recording and manipulating sound was born, and remains with him.
Unsurprisingly a respect for storytelling, melody and well crafted lyric permeates his music. Varying the viewpoint between protagonist, victim or observer, exploring life's complexities and contradictions with a wordsmith’s sensitivity & warmth. The subject matter may be informed by an instinctive dark cynicism, but always relieved by subtle humour, with results that can be surprisingly uplifting.
Asked to name influences, the answer is usually an unhelpful "Everything I hear", but there are undeniable traces of Beatles, Bowie, early Scott Walker and even Nick Cave. Always with a voice unmistakably his own, Bailey guides the listener through sometimes dark subject matter via insistent melodies and crafted lyrics.
Glyn currently divides his time between spells in the UK and Spain and is working on completing the 6th album 'TESTAMENT', which is planned for release in 2020.