- 16 Nov 17
"I never had the desire to play solo until all my bands started splitting up", jokes Dan FitzPatrick.
Formerly the frontman of The Mighty Stef and The Last Tycoons, he has returned with Badhands, his new solo outfit, which has already made a splash with debut single 'Waves'. Loosely based around the time he and his brother swam out to sea to scatter the ashes of their late father, FitzPatrick says the song was also partially inspired by Sylvia Plath's 'Full Fathom Five'. Indeed, the lyrics share a notable number of parallels with the poem.
"It was around the time I got obsessed by her," reflects FitzPatrick. "I'm not that into poetry, but I love the way she paints images and how she reads.
"'Waves' I feel is a good representation of my upcoming album." The singer says he expects the LP to surface in 2018. "It's been a year of recording," he explains, "which took longer than we expected. I just had this big catalogue of songs from when I was my previous bands. It's been great, but it's totally strange now having the freedom to do whatever I want." However, the next step for Fitzpatrick is performing live under the Badhands moniker.
"After the next single," he says, "which should come out in 2018, we'll have a big tour around Ireland, ideally with a full band."
'Waves' is out now