John Sterry aka Billionaire, has recently released a self-produced EP titled ‘Cheap Credit!’ through Blue Mary Records. Fresh from touring the US whilefronting seminal post-punk group Gang Of Four, Billionaire has supported BØRNS in 2016, and has received recent support from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley and Abbie McCarthy from BBC Introducing in Kent.
Although sonically inspired by a range of leftfield musicians such as Metronomy, Can, Talking Heads, Jonathan Richman, and Rexy, on ‘Cheap Credit’ it is another of Billionaire’s heroes, Tom Waits, whose influence shines through in the witty, sardonic songwriting.
‘Cheap Credit’ is a collection of 5 original songs that marks a shift towards progressive beats and richer production, while still preserving Billionaire’s uniquely skewed social commentary and sharp sense of satire. The new EP builds on Billionaire’s previous offering (the stellar ‘Fine Minds’ EP) by developing rich, interesting musical textures - from the major-key synth lines of “Reasons To Be Fearful” to thedark backbeat of “World Loves A Trier” - and further showcases Sterry as a compelling, idiosyncratic voice on the contemporary British scene, whose work is full of humour, anger and pathos.
On “World Loves a Trier”, the lyrics depict an honest appraisal of the morose challenges of a struggling artist whilst the arrangement features only the most threadbare drum machine beat, guitar and bass holds, as well as vocals. The lyric video echoes this simplicity, featuring champion cyclists making their way around beautiful Mediterranean bends.
Music Week is able to premiere the video for Billionaire's new track "World Loves a Trier" below.
Genre: Low-fi, minimal
Sounds Like: Tom Waits, Metronomy, Can, Talking Heads, Jonathan Richman, Rexy
Single name: ‘World Loves a Trier’ video (taken from Cheap Credit! EP)