Hoarder Wants to Give
If Bob Dylan raised a foster child and locked him in the basement with a guitar and a record player until he was hungry enough to perform, Andrew Bingham would be the result. After years writing songs in his bedroom and performing them for no one, Andrew emerged from the shadows to share with the world. It took a serendipitous meeting with Grammy-winning producer Phil Nicolo (Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Fugees) to finally encourage Andrew to record his creations. "A Hoarder Wants to Give," a collection of thirteen original songs, is what came from Andrew's sessions with Nicolo. Throughout Andrew's storytelling there is an audible repression--at times even angst--in the volatile vocal delivery that punctuates the complex personalities of Andrew's characters. Although Andrew puts many of the characters in his songs through the dark reaches of depression (A Prayer, Weak) and loneliness (Michelangelo), he graces others with glorious moments of newfound romance (Fleabag Motel) and informed love (Mine). "A Hoarder Wants to Give," in short, tells the stories of tragic characters held back from happiness by obsessions and character flaws, while others find a moment of ironic beauty in a tragic world. Andrew teamed with an all-star list of east coast talent to record the record, including drummer Chuck Treece (McRad), bassist Jim Miades (Stargazer Lily), keyboardist Jeff Thomas (The Queue), and percussionist Hoagy Wing (Slo-Mo). The record has it's requisite share of folk rock acoustic ballads, but there are also moments of full-blown rock, blues and alt-country. Some moments of the album are reminiscent of Neil Young, Wilco, and Counting Crows, while others approach the sparse, wan territory of Jeff Buckley and Cat Power. The album was released on September 26th, 2009.