David is working on material for his second album, and has just released his first song in a while, "Liars on the Radio." This follows up from his first album "Hello Ugly Hello Friend." The debut was made with an independent spirit, using whatever means were available to him at the time. With a troubled past and times of inner struggle providing a lot of the material for his work, David has an emotionally direct way of expressing himself, singing from the heart in short, uncomplicated sentences that speak volumes in emotion and meaning.
With pieces like "Beautiful Song," a song David says he wrote after finding peace for no particular reason in the midst of a tortuous work environment, and "You Care for me," written after an argument with a close family member, he sings about the feelings of remorse and helplessness in the face of his own anger while at the same time seeing all that this person has done for him. He writes about those moments of seeing through the clouds(or red haze) and catching a glimpse of something more worthwhile.
David lives in Galway city but often trips out to Conemara where he has famillial links. He draws inspiration from the sea air and the beauty of the landscape, which he gets out in as much as possible.
"David Lydon has been a mainstay of the city acoustic scene for many years. His earliest endeavours came to the fore on Jon Richards' Origin Recordings and received play on No Disco from the late great Uanneen Fitzsimmons. After many years of fine tuning his studio technique he now emerges with his debut album Hello Ugly Hello Friend."
"Cormac Dunne (best known for his work with The Stunning) on drums and Ger Egan on bass kick the recording into life and then the soothing lilting vocals of Lydon eases in between."
"Many acts will have been content with having found a particular sound and sticking with that throughout the recording process. However Lydon goes for a different vocal style as the tracks progress. 'Just Found Out' has a distinctive chorus hook and the minimised instrumentation around it really brings the vocals to the fore. 'Hello Ugly' has shades of Johnny Cash but wisely doesn't borrow too much from The Man In Black."
"It would be easy to classify the easy-listening elements of Lydon's songs with that of Coldplay or Snow Patrol. However, to my ears it seems his influences belong more to the Joy Division, Lloyd Cole, Mercury Rev, etc."
"with a number of significant live appearances under his belt already, this is an artist who could flourish."
-- Galway Advertiser
"fragile, yearning jazz folk" -- NME(New and Unsigned section)
"as I listen, I instantly like his sound and his voice is recognizable yet unique to him. I'm extremely impressed at the quality."
"The album is an interesting mix of acoustic, electric and soft strings. At times his voice holds a resemblance to Radiohead, especially in "I Wont Move On". There is definitely a sadness in his songs which is beautifully carried over in his vocals"
"And consider his ode to alcohol, sung as though to a lover. A fantastic means of communicating the pain of addiction in his warm unintimidating way."
"Hello Ugly Hello Friend is definitely a success. A heartfelt collection of songs which will appeal to the romantic in us all."
-- Galway Xposed