Denver-based Brent Cowles is set to perform a string of solo shows across Europe throughout November opening for Texan singer-songwriter Israel Nash. The one and only UK show sees them at Scala, London on November 22, 2018. Cowles will be performing material across the six date tour from his critically-praised debut solo record, How To Be Okay Alone, which is out now via Dine Alone Records.
Cowles recorded How To Be Okay Alone with producer Joe Richmond (Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff) over the course of six days spent in a rented flat situated on an isolated stretch of Joshua Tree, NV. It was the fruition of a solo project born off the back of a period of intense change for Cowles. How To Be Okay Alone is what the Colorado native found himself scribbling in a notebook one afternoon as he grappled with the complexities of a newfound and unexpected independence. His hyper-accelerated, turbulent teenage years had seen him record his first proper demos aged 17 in a friend’s basement and marry at just 18, only to find himself divorced by the age of 19. Raised the son of a Colorado pastor, Cowles then turned his back on an intensely religious upbringing to spend the following years pursuing a successful stint as part of critically acclaimed band You Me & Apollo, with KEXP amongst others tipping Cowles’ ‘Otis Redding and Sam Cooke-inspired vocals’. The band released 2 well-received albums & toured across North America before an unhappy Cowles pulled the plug, questioning at the time everything, including his pursuit of music.
Cowles’ debut EP Cold Times made fans of Paste and NPR, who chose him as a 2018 Slingshot Artist – alongside Hatchie, Nilüfer Yanya & Stella Donnelly – and praised him for his “high-energy, thoughtful rock ‘n’ roll.” Since then, Cowles has toured and performed with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, and Tennis.
Showcasing an infectious sense of melody and versatility with vocals, How To Be Alone Again swings from quavering R&B-fuelled intimacy to explosive bouts of distortion that leave Cowles rubbing shoulders with the likes of Alabama Shakes, Sharon Van Etten, and Blake Mills. Blurring the lines between boisterous indie rock, groovy R&B, and contemplative folk, the music showcases both Cowles’ infectious sense of melody and his stunning vocals, which switch-back effortlessly between quavering intimacy to a soulful roar as they soar atop his exuberant arrangements.
November 15 – Gamla Stan, Sweden – Debaser
November 16 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee Live Club and Pub
November 17 – Malmo, Sweden – Kulturbolaget
November 19 – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
November 20 – Koln, Germany – Stadtgarten
November 22 – London, UK – Scala