Butcher Boy You Had A Kind Face

Needle Mythology
29th April 2022

Format Info

Cd with postcard set
with Monorail Exclusive signed postcard set
LP with postcard set
with Monorail Exclusive signed postcard set

“I’ve probably seen Butcher Boy more times than any other band in the past two decades. They have been and remain a splendid band – tuneful, poetic and defiantly out-of-date.”

Stuart Murdoch, Belle & Sebastian

“Pebbledash poetry and timeless tunes to warm the windblown soul.” Ian Rankin

“I am happy beyond words that this record exists” John Blain Hunt, Butcher Boy

Butcher Boy’s ‘You Had A Kind Face’ is the tenth release from the acclaimed Needle Mythology label and is an anthology of songs by the revered Glasgow band. Butcher Boy released three albums of literate, melodic pop songs between 2007 and 2011, none of which were released on vinyl, before returning in 2017 for a stand-alone EP Bad Things Happen When It’s Quiet. Gathering together songs from all of these releases, vinyl copies of You Had A Kind Face also come with a seven-inch made up of three new songs: Dear John, So Far So What? and Love Is A Fact.

The album has been mastered for vinyl by Miles Showell at Abbey Road and pressed on 180g vinyl at The Vinyl Factory. Long-time fan of Butcher Boy, the author John Niven has written a devastatingly beautiful complement to the songs on You Had A Kind Face drawn from his own early memories of pacing the same Irvine streets where the band’s songwriter John Blain Hunt spent his formative years.

In keeping with the ethos of all Needle Mythology releases, You Had A Kind Face has been a painstaking labour of love, executed with a meticulous attention to detail. And, as with all Needle Mythology releases, it was a process that started with the songs. Founder of Glasgow’s much-loved National Pop League club before the formation of the group in 2005, John Blain Hunt’s world is one of post-punk suburban romance refracted through the formative epiphanies of mid-80s indie pop. It’s a bloodline that takes in momentous debut albums by Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Trashcan Sinatras and Belle & Sebastian.

The images used for this anthology are all taken from a series of 1979 photographs by John Walmsley capturing the new town landscape of Wester Hailes in South-East Edinburgh. Walmsley’s work is a memorial to the early optimism of these gleaming conurbations, the magic hour monochrome glow of winter sunlight on the walkways of Wester Hailes somehow mirroring the spirit of Hunt’s songs. Amid these anonymous settings, silent children bear witness to the workaday dramas of grown-up life and wonder what will ultimately await them when they join that world. So much of Butcher Boy’s music – and the cast of characters that frequent it – seems to have fomented somewhere between the romantic idealism of youth and the same idealism once the heavy weather of adulthood has done its worst.