At 34 Graham Hanlon is an experienced musician but has just recently embarked on new project Graham Hanlon and The Solid Bond. Drawing influence from the soulful sounds of northern soul anthems and inspiration from the early origins of jazz and R’n’B, Graham has developed a sound that blends many of his influences from Paul Weller to Marvin Gaye. With debut single, Hold On, out Graham spoke with The Fountain about the track and the plans for 2021.

TF: You have a debut single out, what has the reception been like?

The response so far has been very warm and positive. I even heard apparently Robert Carlyle likes our track. Which is very cool.

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

For me it’s just a reminder to keep the things close to you that matter and use them to stay positive. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

After this release there will be another three singles spread out over the year with the plan to do a vinyl release as an EP with an additional track, if we think there is a demand for it. We are also like so many acts desperate to get out playing again, and with this being a new project its really important for us to get out there and play live and hopefully grow an audience. We are due to support Nick Corbin in Glasgow in September and we would love to play a few festivals if they would have us. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

My favourite place to play live in recent times has been Stereo in Glasgow it has a really good set up with a large stage and a great sound. The Old Hairdressers is very cool for a more chilled out vibe. 

Well last year I was due to play some really cool venues as part of another project but I’d love to play St Luke’s in Glasgow and King Tuts. I’d also love to play The Bungalow for the Mod Connection or the Spree Festival. I saw PP Arnold there last year and it was an amazing gig in a very cool venue. 

Hold On is out now