WILL JOSEPH COOK shares new single ‘KISSES’
Will Joseph Cook shares gooey new single ‘Kisses’, taken from his new album Every Single Thing, out on the updated release date of Friday 10th June 2022 via Bad Hotel / The Vertex. An undeniably joyful summer-soaked track, Cook perfectly captures the dizzying feeling of being hopelessly in love.
“Kisses is about hazy evenings in together. It’s a kind of hopeless romantic vibe too, putting all the quirks of hanging out with your favourite person to song. The hook lyric was inspired by a classic Simpsons episode. Ralph gives Lisa a Valentine’s card with a train on it saying ‘I choo-choo choose you’ – naturally I worked it into the chorus.” says Will of ‘Kisses’.
Of the video, he adds: “The video is a slight homage to late Beatles videos. It felt cool having Japanese subtitles as the English stately home aesthetic combined with the styling were both very Studio Ghibli inspired. The story is me falling for a dancing entity of love and summer in the gardens of a manor house. Unfortunately, it’s not my house but I’m working on it. Directed by Bertie Gilbert and co-starring contemporary dancer, Laurie Case.”
Following a triumphant headline tour of the UK last month, Cook has also recently announced that he’ll be hitting the road with Declan McKenna this May, supporting him at his shows across Europe, including UK shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Worthing Assembly Hall. See below for full list of dates.
Will Joseph Cook makes music that will put a smile on your face. The indie-pop dreamer’s third album, Every Single Thing, is an exercise in joy: a collection of unashamed love songs, it’s a bubbling and exuberant reminder to cherish the present. The album’s ten meticulously crafted pop songs are a celebration of love that acknowledges the often-tumultuous journey that life can take us on. On Every Single Thing, Will Joseph Cook finds inspiration in the tradition of writing songs for and with someone special in mind in the style of old school crooners like Chet Baker or Elvis Presley.
Written with friend Eric Radloff, who released music as Okudaxij, and LA-based writer-producer Matt Parad, he started work on the album in early 2021. “At first we were working remotely on a painfully slow countryside internet connection,” he remembers. “We sent each other stems and ideas and the first few tunes came together like that. Then it was just a case of finding a way to meet somewhere.”
That place ended up being Mexico. “I got an Airbnb for two weeks and we did all the pre-production there. In our suitcases, we had a mini-studio that we set up in an apartment block. We whittled it down to 10 tracks and went on from there to LA. Basically, you had to be in Mexico for two weeks and then you were allowed to enter the US. It was pretty wild,” he continues. “But then I ended up being in the US for quite a while. I was away for two months and the album was finished and mixed. It felt old school. I went to a place, recorded and left with a new record. I think those limitations and those pressures were good.”
Alongside ‘Little Miss’, we’ve also heard ‘4AM,’ an “overly poetic voicemail for someone you love” from Every Single Thing which lands in June. Will Joseph Cook’s third album follows his 2020 sophomore Something To Feel Good About, which featured viral smash ‘Be Around Me’ – the song found huge success on TikTok where 1.2 million videos were made with the sound – and his 2017 debut Sweet Dreamer.
Every Single Thing
Today It’s Raining
About Will Joseph Cook
Will Joseph Cook is one of the UK’s brightest young talents. Now 24 years old, Cook has been developing his multi-dimensional approach to crafting infectious songs since he was just 14. Finding inspiration in everything from the youthful indie charms of Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and Darwin Deez to the diverse singer-songwriter tones of Benny Sings, Eels and Neil Young. To date, he has amassed over 120 million streams worldwide across all platforms and released his sophomore album in 2020 via his own label Bad Hotel, via The Vertex.
Will has taken his high-energy live show worldwide, culminating in sold-out shows at London’s Omeara, Heaven, and the Electric Ballroom. He has also performed at high-profile international festivals including Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Boardmasters, Victorious, Secret Garden Party, Reeperbahn, Green Plugged Seoul and Corona Capital in Mexico.
Praise for Will Joseph Cook
“sleek and summery pop… a funky, existential crisis to soundtrack these trying times” – Billboard
“writing of real emotional weight” – Sunday Times Culture
“a woozy, feelgood ode to summer love and infatuation” – Notion
“an optimistic indie pop revelation” – Daily Star
“While Sweet Dreamer was by no means a disappointing album, the honed artist that pulled himself up by his bootstraps has crafted something worth investing in with Something To Feel Good About.” – The Line of Best Fit
“A fun-packed, thought-provoking 12 tracks, Will has definitely grown up since his debut, but we get the feeling he’s not quite done yet” – DIY
“This feels like a new WJC vibe… this is someone discovering their own path” – Dork
Will Joseph Cook 2022 tour dates
Sunday 1st May, Assembly Hall, Worthing
Monday 2nd May, Royal Albert Hall, London
Monday 16th May, Le Stereolux, Nantes, France
Wednesday 18th May, Le Trabendo, Paris, France
Thursday 19th May, Le Grand Mix, Lille, France
Friday 20th May, Trix Club, Antwerp, Belgium
Sunday 22nd May, Massilo, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Monday 23rd May, Melkweg MAX, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday 24th May, Mojo, Hamburg, Germany
Wednesday 25th May, Luxor, Cologne, Germany
Friday 27th May, Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
Saturday 28th May, Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
Sunday 29th May, Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
Sunday 14th August, 110 Festival, Gospall Hall Farm, Atherstone