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Hiding in Public subscribes to the long lineage of British pop songcraft, starting of course with the Beatles but also the Small Faces and Squeeze,” oozes Billboard and “displays the same unaffected yet sophisticated leaning of its predecessors.” The band features the soulful singing and tasteful guitar work of Jamie Moses. Jamie has been hiding in plain sight for years as one of the UK’s top sidemen having toured with Queen + Paul Rodgers, Mike & the Mechanics, and most recently Tom Jones. When not standing on stage at events such as the Queen’s Jubilee or Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concerts, he is Hiding in Public with veteran collaborators David Holland, Kevin Poree and John Tonks.
The band’s fourth album Inner Anarchist was recorded in London’s Berry Street Studio. Urbane alienation and dark humour are recurring themes backed by “singalong pop so smart and direct that you can’t help but fall in love with ‘em” (babysueTM). Hints of the Police can be heard in the reggae influenced “The Road To Happiness” and the masterful pop of “After Today”. Obsession is painted in strikingly different sonic colours in the delayed guitars and hooky chorus of “Torn Apart”; the stylish, poignant jazz pop of “Finished”; and the trippy, post-Beatles mania of “One Last Night”.
Existential dilemmas riddle the political, Jackson Browne inspired “Inner Anarchist”; the searching paradox of “Turned Out Right”; and the sarcastic power pop of “Going Places”. Hope springs eternal in the gospel-like retro punch of “Rise” and then gets overthrown in the surreal indie edge of “Swedish Tales” and “its singalong chorus which could get any pub crowd on its feet” (Music Connection). Inner Anarchist is packed with timely and timeless songs for lovers of sophisticated lyrics and vintage pop/rock.