Hand Built By Robots
, the forthcoming debut album by Newton Faulkner
, is out April 29 on Aware/Columbia Records. The platinum-selling album debuted in the top five in the U.K. combined album charts, spent two weeks at Number One and secured the Number One spot on the U.K. iTunes chart for six straight weeks.
Additionally, Faulkner has been honored with a 2008 Brit Award nomination in the "British Male Solo Artist" category and has earned support slots for acclaimed artists The Fray
, Paolo Nutini
and James Morrison
plus appearances at Glastonbury, V Festival and the Cambridge Folk Festival. Faulkner is currently touring the U.S.
On Hand Built By Robots
-- which includes the single "Dream Catch Me"-- Faulkner combines finger-picking, string-tapping and percussive drumming on the guitar's body to generate both melody and rhythm on the same instrument. "Tapping," explains Faulkner, "is prodding the strings really hard with your other hand, your picking hand. You can have stuff coming from both sides of the strings-- you get two notes and they harmonize themselves."
In addition to the high-profile supporting roles mentioned above, Faulkner has also headlined his own sold-out U.K. tour, progressing from smaller venues to consistently filling 2000-seat rooms in ten different cities. The 23 year-old's approach to performing live has earned him a growing legion of passionate fans including a following amongst the surfing community. Of his love for touring, Faulkner says, "Everything makes more sense on the road…you have a clear understanding of what people like and want."
Newton Faulkner U.S. Tour Dates
January 14 Uptown Bar Minneapolis, MN
January 16 Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN
January 17 The Hideout Chicago, IL
January 21§ Soiled Dove Denver, CO
January 24 Joe's Pub New York, NY
January 27 Hotel Utah Saloon San Francisco, CA
January 29 Hotel Café Los Angeles, CA
February 1 Club Congress Tucson, AZ"Dream Catch Me" Audio
"If Prince was an English hippie who was obsessed with Bobby McFerrin-esque percussion and had long cinnamon dreadlocks, you'd have Faulkner." - Rollingstone.com