Richard Hawley performing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in 2013
|Born||17 January 1967|
|Genres||Alternative rock, alternative pop, chamber pop, country, rockabilly, crooner, easy listening|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, baritone guitar, piano, organ, lyre, drums, percussion|
|Associated acts||Treebound Story, Longpigs, Pulp, The Feral Cats, Arctic Monkeys|
Richard Willis Hawley (born 17 January 1967 in Sheffield) is an English guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer. After his first band Treebound Story (formed while he was still at school) broke up, Hawley found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990s. After that group broke up in 2000, he later joined the band Pulp, led by his friend Jarvis Cocker, for a short time. As a solo musician, Hawley has released seven studio albums.
Impressed by a home demo of his songs, both Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey (a former classmate from Hucklow Middle School) urged Hawley to record his first eponymous mini-album, released in 2000. In 2001, Late Night Final, named after the cry of vendors selling the Sheffield Star evening newspaper on the streets of the city, was released to positive reviews from the press, if unspectacular sales. Two years later Hawley released Lowedges, named after a suburb of the city that the young Hawley had seen on the destination board of a bus. The NME called Lowedges the "first great album of 2003" and it topped an end-of-the-year poll held by Virgin Radio. Critical praise was widespread, leading many big names such as Coldplay, Radiohead and R.E.M. to enthuse about Hawley's work.
After the demise of Setanta Records in 2004, Hawley eventually signed to Mute Records, a division of EMI. Legal wrangling delayed Coles Corner, Hawley's fourth release, until September 2005. Again, Hawley mined the theme of his beloved home city, this time referencing the location where courting lovers meet. Coles Corner eventually gained a nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2006. Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album won the prize, famously exclaimed "Someone call 999, Richard Hawley's been robbed!"
Hawley's 2007 album Lady's Bridge (again named with a Sheffield reference, for a bridge in the centre of the city) was released in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2007. He performed a 16-date tour during September 2007 to promote the album. Merchandising on the tour included the usual t-shirts and posters, but also special edition bottles of Sheffield-made Henderson's Relish. The bottles featured the album's artwork, and a note that it gave extra flavour to meat, fish, soups, pies, casseroles and vegetables. Hawley previously used the relish to promote Coles Corner.
On 14 January 2008, Hawley was nominated for his first solo Brit Award for Best British Male Performer. Hawley was a headlining act at the 2008 Festival Internacional de Benicàssim in Spain. Hawley claimed that it was the best festival audience he had ever played to. Hawley recently produced, with Colin Elliot, and contributed two songs to the album Made in Sheffield, a compilation of songs by Sheffield-based songwriters for Tony Christie.
His song "Don't Get Hung Up in Your Soul" was chosen as the Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week for 17 November 2009. and "Open Up Your Door" currently features as the soundtrack song to the Häagen-Dazs ice cream TV commercial in the UK.
Hawley's track "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" was chosen as the title track for the Oscar nominated 2010 Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop which premièred at the Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2010.
"You And I" by Richard Hawley and The Death Ramps (AKA The Arctic Monkeys), has been released as the B-Side of The Arctic Monkeys' single "Black Treacle" on 23 January 2012.
"Standing at the Sky's Edge" the 7th Hawley album was released in the UK on 7 May 2012 on the Parlophone record label. The first single, "Leave Your Body Behind You" is also available for download and will form part of the Singles Club releases Hawley intends for the coming months.
In September 2012 Standing at the Sky's Edge was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Awards. Hawley was also featured in a BBC6 Music live broadcast with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra which took place at the Magna Science Park, Rotherham.Hawley was also nominated for another Brit award in 2012 but refused to attend.
Hawley has also worked with several musicians, including Hank Marvin, A Girl Called Eddy, and Jarvis Cocker (and his Relaxed Muscle project). He played the guitar solo on All Saints' cover version of "Under the Bridge," and co-wrote Robbie Williams' song "Clean" from his debut album Life thru a Lens.
In 2002 Hawley produced the debut single "So Young" by Sheffield band Hoggboy, co-produced the band's two albums "Or 8?" and "Seven Miles Of Love", co-wrote second album track "Hello"  and also played on a cover version of Little Walter's "Come Back Baby", which was released as a b-side to the single "Believe". Hawley also produced material by lead singer Tom Hogg's next band The Hosts.
Praise from R.E.M.'s Mike Mills led to him being approached to support the group on several concert dates in 2005. After contributing to Nancy Sinatra's 2004 self-titled album, Hawley supported her on a European tour in 2005 and duetted with her on several of the tours concerts.
Hawley provided vocals for "Bad Woman", a B-side to Arctic Monkeys' single "Teddy Picker", released on 3 December 2007. He also co-wrote and provided vocals and guitar to the song "The Fix" on Elbow's Mercury Prize-winning 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid. Hawley also performed the song with the band at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2008, on The Culture Show in June 2008, at Elbow's homecoming gigs in Manchester in 2008, Wembley Arena in March 2009, Blackpool's Empress Ballroom in March 2009 and at the MEN Arena in September 2009. He reprised his collaboration with Elbow on 17 January 2009 for a special recording of The Seldom Seen Kid with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, which was subsequently released as a special edition CD and DVD set titled The Seldom Seen Kid Live at Abbey Road in March 2009. He appeared with Elbow on 19 March 2011 while the band were in Sheffield to perform "The Fix" as a bonus song on their UK Arena Tour.
The song "Roll River Roll" from the Lady's Bridge album was used as the theme tune to the TV show Getting On.
Hawley occasionally gigs with The Feral Cats, a side project that enables him to explore his interest in rockabilly music.
October 2009, Hawley was joined on stage by Lisa Marie Presley in London for an encore, she sang vocals on a song the pair have been working on called 'Weary'. Hawley wants to help Presley relaunch her music career, and the two have embarked on a songwriting partnership in which Lisa Marie writes the lyrics and Hawley the music. In a new interview Presley said that she is currently recording a new album in London.
Lisa Marie's album Storm and Grace was released in 2012, the track Weary features Hawley.
- Richard Hawley mini-album (Setanta SET153) (23 April 2001)
- Late Night Final (Setanta SET88) (15 October 2001)
- Lowedges (Setanta SET110) (10 February 2003) (UK #169)
- Coles Corner (Mute STUMM251) (5 September 2005) (UK #37)
- Richard Hawley: Extended Edition (Setanta) (21 May 2007)
- Lady's Bridge (Mute STUMM278) (20 August 2007) (UK #6)
- Live at the Devil's Arse (Mute) (26 January 2009)
- Truelove's Gutter (Mute STUMM312) (21 September 2009) (UK #17)
- Standing at the Sky's Edge (7 May 2012) (UK #3)
Singles and EPs
- "Coming Home" (16 July 2001)
- "Baby, You're My Light" (4 February 2002) (UK #81)
- "Run for Me" (12 May 2003) (UK #186)
- "The Ocean" (22 August 2005) (UK #102)
- "Coles Corner" (31 October 2005) (UK #146)
- "Just Like the Rain" (23 January 2006) (UK #94)
- "Born Under a Bad Sign" (20 March 2006) (UK #81)
- "Coles Corner" (re-issue) (12 June 2006) (UK #136)
- "Hotel Room" (4 September 2006) (UK #64)
- "Tonight the Streets Are Ours" (6 August 2007) (UK #40)
- "Serious" (15 October 2007) (UK #83)
- "Valentine" (28 January 2008) (UK #134)
- Lady's Bridge EP (26 May 2008)
- "For Your Lover, Give Some Time" (10 August 2009)
- "Open Up Your Door" (30 November 2009)
- False Lights from the Land EP featuring Smoke Fairies (7 June 2010)
- "Leave Your Body Behind You" (2 April 2012)
Treebound Story singles
- "My Life's Example" (1988) (Fon Records)
- "Swimming in the Heart of Jane" (1989) (Native Records 12NTV 40)
- "Take It" (1989) (Native Records 12NTV 43)
- "Review - Richard Hawley - Coles Corner (Mute)". RockFeedback. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
- Maps.google.com map reference
- Heringer, Mark (17 November 2009). "Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week - Richard Hawley - Don't Get Hung Up In Your Soul". www.mark-heringer.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- IFC.com/blogs/Indie Eye
- Details from Richardhawleyforum.co.uk
- IMDb — Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist soundtrack (2008)
- IMDb — Flick (2008)
- "Richard Hawley joined onstage by Lisa Marie Presley in London | News". Nme.Com. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- Jamieson, Alastair (15 October 2009). "Elvis Presley's grandson Benjamin Presley Keough pictured outside London nightclub". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "UK Chartlog: H". zobbel.de. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Richard Hawley.|
- Richard Hawley's official website
- Hawleyboard Online Community (Official message board where Hawley is a regular contributor)
- Mute Records - record label for which Hawley has recorded
- Lady's Bridge review on Comfort Comes
- MOG Review
- Treebound story