Blueprint Blue discovered ‘You and Me’ and the incredible story behind the song, when Mairead Nash, manager of Florence and the Machine, asked the band to perform at her wedding.
Originally recorded in 1970 by long forgotten soul band Penny and Quarters, ‘You and Me’ came to prominence in 2010 after an unreleased demo of the song was used in the film ‘Blue Valentine’ at the request of its star Ryan Gosling. The track, which underpins Gosling’s on screen relationship with Michelle Williams, had surfaced after a Chicago based reissue label had unearthed it on cassette at a yard sale.
Mairead fell in love with the song as soon as she heard it in the film, and knew Blueprint Blue with their beautifully crafted and heartfelt sound would be the perfect band to perform it at her wedding. Now signed to her Luv Luv Luv label, there coudn’t be a more appropriate time for the band to release their version of ‘You and Me’ than Valentines Day, when they will be gifting it as a free download through their Soundcloud page.
Blueprint Blue are ex SCUM members Huw Webb (bass) and and Melissa Rigby (drums) who are joined by Elliot Hayward on vocals and guitar. They formed in 2013, united by a love of The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne. Having already been championed by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans and James Hoare of Ultimate Painting, as well as receiving UK and international airplay and coverage, the band will be playing this year’s SXSW music festival. A Pledge campaign to support their appearance at SXSW has reached 78% of its target: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/blueprintbluesxsw
The band play London’s Lexington on March 9th with support from DJs Rhys Webb (The Horrors) and Bahamian Moor, where they’ll be launching their EP ‘Flying Machine’.