Boom! We’ve just released a free four-track EP ahead of our Hull UK City of Culture 2017 gig theatre production, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, which opens at the Welly nightclub in Hull on 6 June 2017.
The All We Ever Wanted Was Everything EP features original electronic music written by James Frewer and arranged with Alice Beaumont.
The show of the same name mixes bold new writing from Luke Barnes with original live music by James Frewer, to ask what happens when our dreams don’t become reality.
The story follows two young people from Hull over 20 years as they struggle to realise their hopes and ambitions, against the backdrop of an asteroid heading for Earth.
Alice Beaumont performs behind a Daft Punk-inspired mask as The Asteroid in the production, using synths and drum machines to give the character a distinct electronic music sound, in contrast to the guitar-based music of the human characters.
James Frewer also performs live on stage alongside the actors, playing guitar and keyboard.
James, who has previously worked with Blur producer Ben Hillier, said: “One of the sole reasons you go to a gig is to hear the band or DJ’s big tunes and so we thought we’d get on it and release some of the tracks from All We Ever Wanted Was Everything before the event.
“The character of The Asteroid in this show has her own techno vibe so we thought we would release the majority of her songs as a concept EP, detailing the journey of her view on humanity, from the euphoria of its possibility to her broken hearted execution of the planet.
“We want people to play this EP loud, have a dance to it and then come along to hear it live at Welly this June.”
Alice said: “It’s been a lot of fun building these tracks and James and I have poured a lot of blood and sweat into getting them right.
“It’s very exciting to know that the audience will have access to the music before they come and see the show and hope when they do, it will go down a storm on the dancefloor.”
James has previously worked with Middle Child on Weekend Rockstars, Mercury Fur, The Dancing Dead and Saturday Night & Sunday Morning. James has also worked as musical director on Hopelessly Devoted, a touring production with Paines Plough, written by Kate Tempest, and as musical supervisor on Get Carter with Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier, who has produced albums by the likes of Blur, Depeche Mode and Elbow. James has also composed for numerous Hull Truck productions including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. James is an associate artist of Hull Truck.
Alice Beaumont is an actor from Hull who has appeared in previous Middle Child shows Weekend Rockstars, The Dancing Dead and five pantomimes at Fruit. Further credits include Pig by Silent Uproar, The Night Season at East Riding Theatre and Volcano at Sheffield Crucible.
The EP is available to download for free from Soundcloud and to stream through Spotify and Apple Music from Monday 15 May.
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything opens at The Welly Club on Tuesday 6 June and runs until Saturday 17 June.
Final advanced £10 tickets are available until Friday 19 May.
Each performance of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything includes support from a different Humber Street Sesh band each night, including the likes of The Hubbards, Bud Sugar, Chiedu Oraka and Emily Moulton.