Richard Lloyd: The Press Release

Here’s the official announcement of Richard Lloyd as producer of the new Jim Neversink album, Skinny Girls Are Trouble. Keep coming back to this page from late February for news and pictures from the recording studio.

February 4, 2009
For immediate release

‘TELEVISION’ GUITARIST TO PRODUCE JIM NEVERSINK ALBUM

Johannesburg/New York City – Richard Lloyd, who played guitar alongside Tom Verlaine in the influential New York punk/new wave band Television in the 1970s, will arrive in South Africa later this month to produce a new album by gothic/alt-country singer-songwriter Jim Neversink.

Hot on the heels of Jim Neversink’s critically acclaimed 2008 release, “Shakey is Good”, the Johannesburg-based musician is heading back into the studio in early March for his third studio effort. He will be joined by his live band, Loandi Boersma on bass guitar and backing vocals and Kevin O’Grady on drums and percussion, as well as a number of session musicians.

Jim Neversink

Jim Neversink

The recordings will be engineered by award-winning studio engineer Peter Pearlson, who has worked with such musical luminaries as Gito Baloi, Zim Ngqawana and Hugh Masekela.

Television, whose sound was defined by the duelling guitars of Lloyd and Verlaine, pioneered the early punk sound in New York City, along with contemporaries such as Patti Smith Group and the Ramones. Television was the first punk/new wave band to perform at Manhattan’s famed CBGB club. Blondie and Talking Heads would follow in their footsteps.

Since Television split in 1978, Lloyd has had a successful solo career, releasing five albums (Alchemy – 1979; Field of Fire – 1986; Real Time – 1987; The Cover Doesn’t Matter – 2001; and The Radiant Monkey – 2007). He also teaches guitar and music theory in New York City, where he has produced albums for bands such as Rocket From The Tombs; Galore; Miss Mother; and the Blondes.inc.

Both Jim Neversink’s eponymous debut album and “Shakey is Good” have been celebrated by the critics and by his growing legion of local and international fans. Most recently, “Shakey” was:

• Listed second in the Sunday Times Top 20 albums of 2008;
• Listed in the top 50 albums of 2008 by respected critic, DJ and journalist Charles Leonard;
• Listed as best South African album of 2008 by the influential Isolation.tv music blog; and
• Given a five-star review by 24.com’s entertainment site, Channel24.

Jim Neversink, born and raised in Durban, South Africa, tells how, 10 years ago, Durban musicologist Richard Haslop gave him 10 cassettes filled with his favourite music. “There were lists of the songs he’d recorded for me, but I’d listen to them while driving so I never knew who was playing.

“There was one band in particular that shook me and, after hearing this new sound, I consulted the list to see who it was. It was Television. So I got to know and appreciate Richard Lloyd’s guitaring before I even knew his name. His ideas about the guitar and music cannot be imitated or faked; he is unique.

“The opportunity to work with such a talent is both daunting and exciting. I will spend two weeks with him, but I hope it feels like two years,” Jim Neversink says.

Richard Lloyd says: “I am very pleased to be working with Jim on the production of his third record. His previous work shows a maturity of song-writing and well-crafted arrangements that call to mind a certain kind of Americana and western feel that is unusual for an artist whose homeland is South Africa.

Richard Lloyd

Richard Lloyd

“I look forward to bringing a certain urgency and impact to his work, allowing for the subtle elements and rich arrangements to be combined with a New York edge. This record, his third, will bring him into the view of a larger audience, something that his music richly deserves.”

O’Grady previously collaborated with Jim Neversink in the popular Durban-based outfit Famous Curtain Trick. Boersma is feted for her work with Rokkeloos and Cortina Whiplash.

Marshall Brady is executive producer.

Ends.

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