Welsh four-piece ‘Rock ‘n’ Soul’ band, Buck & Evans have announced that their debut album, Write A Better Day will be released on Departure Records through Cargo Records on 15 November. Pre-orders are now live here: https://smarturl.it/WriteABetterDay
The album was recorded in 2017 at the legendary Rockfield Studio in Monmouthshire (home to A Night At The Opera by Queen and What’s The Story (Morning Glory) by Oasis amongst others) and although it has been available to buy at gigs, the band has waited until now for the full release.
So, why the long wait? Buck & Evans launched the record campaign several months ago through the crowd funding platform PledgeMusic. The response was nothing short of incredible with the band exceeding their financial target and they eagerly hit the studio to start laying the foundations of their first record.
… and then, PledgeMusic went bust, pocketing monies pledged to Buck & Evans plus thousands of other artists using the platform in the process. No real explanation was offered and as of yet, no criminal charges have been brought against those who defrauded the band of a substantial amount of money. This also meant that the countless people who had pledged to support the record received their copy at the band’s expense as B&E commendably felt a duty regardless to support and reward the commitment of fans.
The band were forced to delay the release and set off earlier this year on tour to recuperate as much of the money that they’d lost as possible through ticket receipts and sales of merchandise.
As Buck & Evans themselves put it:
“Suffice to say, you guys didn’t disappoint – if you’ve bought a ticket, CD, vinyl, poster, bag or t-shirt off us in the last year or so, YOU’RE the reason this record is finally seeing the light of day. We’d be lying if we said we were out of the woods yet but pre-orders will go a long way to getting us back to where we should have been had it not been for what happened to us. As ever, thank you for your enduring support and patience. It’s almost a cliché at this point but bands are nothing without their fans and we’re so lucky that you guys stick by us through thick and thin. Thank you, and we’ll see you on the road.”
This band will shortly be setting off on tour again, this time to promote the new record in earnest. Dates are listed below and tickets are available via the Buck & Evans website at http://www.buckandevans.com/