The town crier was unfortunately fully booked today so instead we are using the internet for this momentous announcement:
Our new album will be out on Jun 2nd 2017
It's called 'Home Counties'
It contains 19 'tracks' inspired by our bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that have always been part of our lives.
We recorded it in the summer and autumn of 2016 and it's co-produced by Shawn Lee of Wall Of Sound and Young Gun Silver Fox fame.
You can pre-order now on limited edition gatefold double vinyl, cd and of course cassette - with some exclusive extras - from our shop here.
Sarah Cracknell says: "We had so much fun writing for this album, drawing influence from our teenage years growing up in the home counties. Bob, Pete and I led almost parallel lives while I was in Windsor and they were in Surrey, developing our passion for music and London. Shawn Lee was a joy to work with, he's a wonderful multi-instrumentalist who seemed to have some kind of telepathy with us and translated our ideas perfectly. The record is quite varied in styles and brings together a little something from all our past albums whilst sounding completely new."
Bob Stanley says "Suburbia's anonymity is exactly why it's a source of inspiration. They said it couldn't happen here - and it didn't."
Whilst Pete added "We took a ride and ran with the dogs"
As a taster of what's to come we're streaming a special preview song from the album entitled 'Heather' here.
We set off on a UK tour in June but before that have three special warm up dates as follows....
Fri 26 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Sat 27 Oxford Common People Festival
Wed 31 Barcelona Primavera Sound
Our tour kicks off in London on the day 'Home Counties' is released and we're pleased to be playing a few of our favourite venues....
Fri 02 London Royal Festival Hall
Sat 03 Cardiff Tramshed
Sun 04 Birmingham Town Hall
Tue 06 Bexhill De La Warr
Thu 08 Newcastle Sage
Fri 09 Edinburgh Queens Hall
Sat 10 Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
Sun 11 Manchester RNMC Concert Hall
Tickets for all of these go on sale at 9am this Friday and you'll find links to buy at our website here or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We'll also be bringing you news of festival performances and a US tour in Sep/Oct later this week so stay tuned.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Lots of love,
Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx