Listening to Johnny Lloyd’s new single feels like jumping out of a plane at 30,000ft, dusting yourself down and then heading off to the pub with all the people you love. Written as a reaction to the success of his care-free and energetic live shows, ‘Running Wild’ is a song which screams at the top of its lungs, one which paints a picture of a man who is finally coming to grips with his place in the world, and seems to say: ‘You know what, relax. Life is good’.
The single anticipates Lloyd’s second EP ‘Eden’, set for release on April 14th. The London-based singer/songwriter reunited with Hugo White of The Maccabees to record the EP over the course of six months, jumping between Los Angeles and The Maccabees own Elephant and Castle studios. White, along with Jamie T, recorded Lloyd’s first solo EP ‘Dreamland’ last year, and I think it’s fair to say that the fruitful collaboration between Lloyd and White certainly hasn’t lost any of its richness. Mike Crossey of The 1975 also worked closely with Lloyd during the production of ‘Eden’, and this combined talent really shines through.
‘Running Wild’ manages to preserve Lloyd’s characteristic blend of rock infused indie-pop. The spring-loaded keys compliment Lloyd’s butterfly-inducing vocals and soaring guitar lines perfectly. ‘Eden’ looks to be Johnny Lloyd’s most exciting release to date.
The new EP ‘Eden’ can be pre-ordered via Xtra Mile Recordings right here.
Johnny Lloyd will be touring the UK in support of the new EP ‘Eden’, including his biggest London show to date. For the full list of dates see below.
19 April | BIRMINGHAM, The Sunflower Lounge
20 April | LONDON, Scala
21 April | BRIGHTON, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
22 April | SOUTHAMPTON, Joiners
24 April | BRISTOL, The Louisiana
25 April | MANCHESTER, Soup Kitchen
28 April | SHEFFIELD, The Leadmill
Photo Credit: Toby Ross-Southall