In his teens, twenties and thirties Phil Mellen, alias BlackSheepLad, played and sang in various bands (Rainmaker, Serious, Hat Band, Excalibur, The Grapefruit) to little success. So he settled into a successful 25 year career in education.
In March 2020 he became ill with Coronavirus and this led to ongoing health issues and redundancy. The period of imposed isolation and inactivity lead to a burst of song-writing inspired by lockdown, love, mortality and binge-watching zombie TV programmes!
Some of these songs made it onto his first self-released EP ‘Sleeping alone in the daytime’. One of the songs written and recorded was ‘Better this Christmas’, a throwback to the great Christmas songs of the 70s and 80s. Now re-released with a new arrangement and mix for Christmas 2021, it attempts to bring new hope after two years of COVID restrictions and will also try to raise money for the NHS and in particular for research into Long Covid. The song makes good use of bells, strings, brass and guitar solos.
Phil sings and plays guitar, drums, keys, bass and various ukuleles. His influences include John Bramwell, Prefab Sprout, Doves, Badly Drawn Boy, Ben Folds, Elbow, Cherry Ghost, Lloyd Cole and Neil Finn.
His final single before the release of his début album is "Another Love Song". Inspired by his wife, who has already inspired a number of songs in his repertoire, this catchy uptempo song with country guitar vibes is sure to be another number one in the Wobbly Music Top 10 in coming months!
BlackSheepLad's new album only expands on his great
collection of songs - you can really hear the progression and evolution
of his songwriting, With songs like the opener "Homeland" which is a
calm and mellow tune about his childhood town, and then the eerie and
haunting sound of "Pantomime" with violins and more of a full band sound
behind Phil and his ukulele. It's a real great listen and well worth
Another lovely release from BlackSheepLad
“Pantomime” has an eerie atmosphere to it, bringing a new level to Phil’s music that we’ve not really seen before! The vocal melodies in the chorus are great, and the track sounds fantastic. Another great tune in BlackSheepLad’s discography!
c/w Wintering (Remixed)
5 nostalgic tracks including the popular song, "Livedo"
c/w Black Shuck
The result of binge-watching too many zombie movies during lockdown.
Yes, there is a new single scheduled for Autumn! Keep watching this space!