Greg Holden Chase The Sun on LP + Download
Singer and songwriter Greg Holden has made a name for himself as an independent artist for the past several years, releasing two albums, 2009’s A Word in Edgeways and 2011’s I Don’t Believe You. The Scottish-born, England-bred, New York-based artist will also be known for the passionate, purpose-driven rock songs on his major-label debut album, Chase The Sun. Produced by Greg Wells (Adele, OneRepublic), with songs Holden wrote either on his own, or with co-writers Tofer Brown, Richard Harris, Garrison Starr, and Ace Enders, the music sounds modern, yet timeless. With a back-to-basics approach, it brims with tough, vibrant energy that thoroughly showcases Holden’s lean, literate songwriting.
Much of Chase The Sun was inspired by a life-changing, seven-week trip that Holden took to India and Nepal in February 2013 that renewed his drive to be an artist. Holden’s trip gave him a new perspective. “The fact that I can make music for a living is a miracle,” he says. “I saw a lot of poverty in India. I travelled through the northern State of Bihar, which is the poorest region in the country. It was devastating, but incredibly inspiring. I came back home with such a different view on life.” Upon his return, Holden began to write the songs that appear on Chase The Sun, including the first single, “Hold On Tight,” which contains the following chorus: “I don't take my life for granted / I'm gonna hold on tight to what I've been handed.”
“’Hold On Tight” was sort of the driving force for this album,” he says. “It was the first song where I felt like I finally knew where the record was going. It’s about looking at life as something we should feel grateful for, not be complaining about. My last album was brutally honest, but I was very much pointing the finger in the wrong direction and projecting my problems onto everybody else, and I realized that was not a good way to be. Chase The Sun is about looking at my own shit and realizing how lucky I am, how lucky we all are.’ I really want to people to think when they listen to my songs, maybe take on a more compassionate way of thinking, and start considering others besides themselves. That goes for me, too.”
Along those lines, Holden examines the impact of materialism on several of the album’s tracks, though from different angles. On “Give It Away,” he encourages his listeners to stop worrying about possessions as well as things beyond their control in a sincere way, whereas “Wonderful World” takes a more sardonic tone. On an album full of memorable songs, perhaps the most poignant is “Boys In The Street,” which Holden originally wrote for a compilation album being released by the LGBTQ organization Everyone Is Gay.