Epic pop pioneers My Life Story, headed up by colourful and charismatic frontman, Jake Shillingford release new track Broken today. This follows their first single Taking On The World that premiered on 6Music’s Steve Lamacq show. It is a single from their album World Citizen, which they are touring with in February 2020. This includes a date at Glasgow’s King Tuts. Jake spoke with The Fountain about the single, the album and his favourite gig to date.
TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far?
Our new single Broken is released on 22 November. It’s had a fantastic reception at our live shows so we’re really excited to share it with a wider audience. This is the second ‘official’ single, following Taking On The World, which has become a firm fan favourite. We’re blown away by the amazing reaction we’ve had to all the new material. It’s been a long wait and a lot of hard work but the fans’ and critics’ reactions makes it all worthwhile.
TF: What inspired Broken, tell us more about the single?
Broken is a personal message, about looking inwards and hiding your pain so well it’s simply not visible to others.
Along with the rest of the planet I suffer from self doubt, inner conflict, imposter syndrome at various points in my life. We all cover up our suffering with the cheerful ‘fake’ exterior we present to the world. The simplest way I found to demonstrate this was to wrap music around the lyrics that was joyful and celebratory. In a strange way this gives a positive affirmation and acceptance to how I feel. And a f**k you to those inner demons.
TF: Tell us about the album World Citizen?
World Citizen was composed during the recent chaotic global news landscape where reality as we thought we knew it is constantly being reinvented… In dark uncertain times I find safety in what we know and understand. It’s about returning to the sense of the self, the freedom and simplicity of nature and the clarity and honesty of love and union. Ultimately, I’d say the theme of the album is searching for truth in a world full of lies. Even if that’s a personal truth. I’m really proud of the album, it sums up where the band is today and is a modern take on My Life Story. It progresses well from our last album twenty years ago and fans will see enough of the MLS they know and love but in the real world of today. Raising money with the fans enabled us to use a 40 piece orchestra on the record, so it sounds nice and grown up.
TF: Will you be promoting the album with a tour at all, will we have the pleasure of seeing you here in Scotland?
We’re looking forward to playing King Tut’s in Glasgow on 12th February 2020 as part of the World Citizen tour. It’s our first headline date in Scotland for really quite some time so I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
Our sold out show at the Lexington in London was a great night. It was the first time we’d performed a lot of the World Citizen songs and it was fantastic to see the crowd’s reaction.
My Life Story perform at Glasgow’s King Tuts on 12th February 2020