Anyone who saw the triumphant Dexys’ shows across the country this year will be familiar with Kevin Rowland’s main male musical foil, Pete Williams (who was in an early incarnation of the band and hopped back on board during their brief 2003 reboot). What they might not know is that 2012 also saw the release of Pete Williams’ debut solo album, SEE, a stunning piece of work that (whisper it) I actually prefer to the new Dexys stuff. Heinous I know but cop a listen to this and you might see what I mean.
I was lucky enough to be there for his Glee Club gig in February (review here) and it’s one of the standout shows of the year, oozing the kind of heartfelt honesty that’s all too rare these days. He's a hugely underrated artist at the moment and SEE’s just waiting to be discovered as a classic but trust me, it will be. Now for the good news. He’s playing an intimate gig at the Hare & Hounds with a full band (featuring members of Richard Hawley, Imelda May and Robert Pla's bands) on Thursday 13th December (tickets here). Do your ears, heart and soul a favour and (to paraphrase that nice Mr Lennon) give Pete a chance.