We last caught up with Greg Holden at the beginning of 2010 - click here for the 101 on him - as he was playing his first residency at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. Tonight, he's back there again - in the big room - to celebrate his sophomore album, called I Don't Believe You - also released today.
Indie Sounds wanted to find out all about it and what he's been up to these past months ... so your orders are: (1) Read below until the end; (2) Buy his album at iTunes; and (3) Be at Rockwood at 7.30pm tonight. Or earlier as it will likely sell out. Chelsea Lee opens.
Indie Sounds: You are releasing your second album today. Why is it called I Don't Believe You? Are you not a trusting soul?
Greg Holden: I seem to remember a point last year at which I realised I was trapped. Trapped not just in a genre, or stereotype, but in a business model too, and I wanted to escape, but I had no idea where. The term "singer-songwriter" has changed, and it appears we're all being tarred with the same cliché-ridden brush. It seems that all you have to do to earn the once hard-earned title is buy a cheap guitar, learn three chords and open a Twitter account. Bob's your uncle, you're a singer-songwriter. You don't actually have to be good anymore, or write good lyrics. So long as you have a half-decent voice and a nice haircut, you're all set. I decided to trap these feelings of frustration into some sort of lyrical form, and then came the song I Don't Believe You. From there it just seemed obvious that that would also be title for the album.