Bristol-born Raleigh Ritchie – named after his two favourite characters in his favourite film, The Royal Tenenbaums – is the pseudonym of actor Jacob Anderson (he’s best known for his recurring role as Grey Worm in Game Of Thrones). If the phrase ‘actor-turned-musician’ makes you think of London’s Burning’s John Alford honking through his cover of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” or Ricky from East Enders crooning “Good Thing Going” then, well, I feel for you, but thankfully Ritchie’s move into music isn’t anywhere near as cynical. In fact, he only really got into acting in the first place as a way of meeting people that could perhaps help his songwriting, choosing to work behind a moniker not to create mystery or distance, but to protect himself from the emotional fallout of his songs. Taken from his recently-released second EP, Black and Blue, the epic sprawl of Stronger Than Ever details the realities Ritchie faced when he moved to London aged 17, its pretty pianos, grandiose strings and pounding beats underpinned by defiant lyrics such as “I won’t be crushed by the weight of this town” and “I’m fine I just need time to turn this into home, I’m good believe me”. For the excellent video – premiered here – Ritchie represents this strange pull of wanting to return to a home town he’d grown out of by sitting on a park bench and trying not to be blown away by a massive gust of wind.
I had no intention of going to see World War Z. But I re-considered after reading David Denby’s review for the New Yorker (=> HERE).
… But then, after that, I read Peter Bradshaw’s scathing review for the Guardian (=> HERE)… So, no, I’m not going.
The sun bursts through the clouds on to the City of London’s gleaming glass towers. To the fore lies Liverpool Street and rising behind the skyscrapers of the Square Mile is Britain’s tallest building, the Shard.