Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).
Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in ‘Storefront Hitchcock’ an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.
Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a “ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove.”
It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.
“A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings…” – Rolling Stone
“These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock’s typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals.” – American Songwriter
“Beloved of everyone from Led Zeppelin to REM, Hitchcock has only enhanced his status with this wonderful outing.” – Hot Press
“Witty, moving and seriously catchy, Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn’t really gone in the first place.” – Paste Magazine
Videos & Press
[Swallow Hill Music] In a career as unscripted and surprising as his songs, Robyn Hitchcock keeps moving forward, plumbing the depths of the human psyche and marrying what he finds with melodies vaguely reminiscent of those pouring out of the transistor radio playing in your dreams. Whether as a solo artist, with bands like The […]
[Billboard] By Chris Payne “I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist.” Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison […]
[Toronto Star] Hitchcock has collaborated with some of the world’s great rock stars, but still comes across as modestly his own guy By Nick Krewen He’s the master of the tangent. In a profession where definitive statements can be taken with a grain of salt, it’s safe to say there’s no recording artist out there […]
[Consequence of Sound] BY LEN COMARATTA It’s hard to believe that Robyn Hitchcock has been making music for nearly 40 years. Beginning his musical career as a folkie busking around Cambridge, Hitchcock ended the ’70s playing dynamically savage pop as leader of The Soft Boys. During the next decade, through solo releases or with his side group, The […]