It’s our favourite time of the week – New Music Friday is the new release fix you need to get your weekend started. This week we’ll be listening to Take That, Creeper, James Blunt and more.
What’s even better about New Music Friday is that you can also listen to a lot of the new music live. We’ve also found a few artists who’ve got new records out and are about to take them on tour. Double win!
What better way to start off New Music Friday than with Britain’s favourite boyband. Take That’s newest and eighth studio album Wonderland is out today! The band have achieved what not many other 90s pop groups have done – they stayed relevant, even after a decade on hiatus. Their fanbase seems stronger than ever and with Wonderland Gary, Mark and Howard prove once again why we love them. Remaining tickets for their UK tour are still available via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab the album here.
English horror punk six-piece Creeper have released their debut album with Eternity, In Your Arms. It contains huge riff, influenced by Misfits and Tiger Army, making it everything you need in your punk life this year. The band are currently touring the UK and you can still get tickets here. Get your hands on their new record via our shop.
The god of Twiiter banter, James Blunt, shares his latest album Afterlove with us. The record shows he doesn’t take himself too seriously while still delivering grade A guilty pleasures. Tracks like Love Me Better, Someone Singing Along and Bartender are absolute ear worms, and you’ll find yourself humming them walking down the street. Get a copy of the album here and don’t forget, we’ve limited tickets left for James’ tour on Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Steel Panther‘s new record Lower The Bar does anything but that. Party metal at its finest is something Steel Panther do well, and their latest release is no different. On the contrary, it seems the more they write the more they focus on metal anthems that’ll make you want to crank up your speakers. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of laughs to be had with this album with tracks like Walk of Shame or Goin’ In The Back Door. About the record Michael Starr said: “It’s a really solid, fun, intelligent party record. We’re just maturing as a band after being on the road for years together and living together. It shows.” Catch them at Download Festival later this year, and make sure you check out the album with copies available here.
Former Genesis member and all-around mega-talent Steve Hackett is back with his latest solo project The Night Siren. With a stellar bunch of musician behind him, he delivers a musical masterpiece and a testament of the times we live in. Hackett refers to it as a wake-up call, a rallying cry for everyone to realise what the world has come to. But it’s not as dark as that sounds, it’s simply what music does best: political protest. Get your copy here and tickets for Steve Hackett’s UK tour via Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Scottish alt-rockers The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Damage And Joy will have you fall in love with the band’s sound all over again. With a long-standing history, and as one of Britain’s most iconic bands, Mary Chain Grab remain masters of goth-guitar riffs. 19 years after their last album, the brothers have put aside their differences and can still write a brilliant album. Grab the record here.
Hip hop album of the week comes from American artist Trey Songz with Tremaine. It’s an album full of positive, straightforward love-songs, with catchy tunes that cement Trey’s status as the good guy of R&B. Grab your copy of the record here.
American pop-punk duo The Dollyrots have a new treat for you this week with their latest project Whiplash Splash. The band’s eighth studio album is the drop of sunshine pop punk we all need. With infectious tunes and upbeat punk melodies, the record is one of their best ones yet. Of the title, Kelly Ogden says: “Growing up in Florida, we were always at the beach, or swimming in a pool or a lake or a spring. I’ve just always felt at home in the water.”
It’s all good vibes from London-based punk band Great Cynics with new record POSI. At the heart of the album you’ll find lyrics about life in London, and keeping your head up high through the struggles. Produced by Joe Reinhardt and Ian Farmer, its more stripped back and raw style enforces the band’s positivity further. If you’re looking for upbeat catharsis, this lot have you covered.
Formation – Look At The Powerful People
Coming out of South London, Formation blend dance, punk and hip-hop to make an overt political stance. The powerful people in question are everyday society, ready to rise up against social injustices. It’s a rallying cry for unity, seething with anger yet filled with a buoyant energy. It’s destined to fill the dancefloor as much as it is to soundtrack a political rally.
Craig Finn – We All Want The Same Thing
With We All Want The Same Thing, The Hold Steady vocalist Craig Finn takes a step away from his full-band project, finding his own voice in his distinctive style. He elevates his sorrowful storytelling, finding comparisons to Bruce Springsteen in a number of reviews. It’s being heralded as his most personal work to date, blending his characters with his own experience for an often dark and always moving tale.
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