Artist News

David’s Lyre to call it a day

By | Published on Tuesday 17 January 2012

David's Lyre

David’s Lyre, aka Paul Dixon, has announced that he will retire the project after the release of his debut album and a farewell tour. In a message to fans on Facebook last week, he revealed that he’d made the decision to end the project after his deal with Universal’s Hideout Records was terminated just before Christmas. He also revealed that the end of his major label partnership meant he wouldn’t be able to afford to fulfil touring obligations supporting Spector in February, but that he would undertake one final smaller solo tour instead.

Dixon wrote: “David’s Lyre began a little over two years ago. I signed a record deal with a major label six months after starting the project, and this relationship ended just before Christmas 2011. When we first signed we had hoped that the album would be out summer 2011, but for various reasons, as you know, this didn’t happen”.

He continued: “I remain hugely grateful for the opportunities and patronage given to me, but it is evident that the natural tension in the relationship between art and business within the music industry is currently at its most strained. I join an ever-expanding group of artists who are opting out of this model in order to bring you, the fans, our best. [But] unfortunately, without label support, we will not be able to fulfil the touring commitments we had previously made … [I] hope that you choose to journey with me into my new projects and beyond”.

The solo tour of smaller venues will take place in February, with a farewell show featuring his full band planned for 1 Mar at the 100 Club in London. The album, ‘Picture Of You’, will also see the light of day, released on a pay-what-you-want basis via Bandcamp – on 20 Feb.

Now let’s mourn the loss of David’s Lyre by watching the video for his cover Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’ (one of the better ones of the many that were released at the end of last year), which doubles up as a short film on Salford superhero, Knight Warrior: