We at LAB are delighted to welcome Chicago, IL based solo-artist William Beckett to our roster – with new album ‘Genuine & Counterfeit’ available in the UK & Europe on August 19. Watch the lyric video for first single ‘Benny & Joon’ here.
Beckett recorded the album earlier this year in his hometown with producer Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo). The new album embraces his expansive vocal range, pop sensibilities, quirky yet soothingly hypnotic melodies and distinctive narrative lyrical twists; Offering his most diverse stylings and personal material to date. Genuine & Counterfeit also features guest vocal appearances from Say Anything’s Max Bemis and Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders. It will be released via Equal Vision Records for the rest of the world.
“This record is nothing less than my greatest musical accomplishment,” Beckett confidently reveals. “And working with Marc McClusky was a no brainer. While we shared the same vision going in to the album, we were also constantly pushing and challenging each other to lift it to the next level.”
Having toured nearly non-stop for ten years as frontman for The Academy Is…, Beckett has built up an incredibly dedicated and supportive fanbase around the world. During his career to date Beckett has toured with the likes of KISS, Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, Cobra Starship, Plain White T’s, Mayday Parade and more. Just recently, Beckett played Slam Dunk Festival dates in the UK with the likes of Andrew McMahon, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil.
Please direct all European press enquiries to Mark Orr – [email protected]
TRACKLISTING – GENUINE & COUNTERFEIT
1. Pick Up the Phone (feat. Max Bemis)
2. In My Blood
3. Benny & Joon
4. Hanging On a Honeymoon
5. Turn On the Light
6. By Your Side
7. Caught in the Middle
8. One in the Same
9. Cracks in the Ceiling
10. Time for a Sign (feat. Derek Sanders)
11. A Million People
12. Just You Wait
13. I Can’t Make Me Love You