Show in THE VILLAGE September 27th
originally booked in Crawdaddy
(incl booking fee)
make a welcome return on Friday 15th September, with the release
of a brand new single, “My Neighbour’s House”.
Taken from their forthcoming eponymous album "The Bluetones",
the track is a punchy slice of pristine pop, which in a spooky act
of synchronicity, was actually written whilst Mark’s girlfriend’s
neighbour’s house was indeed catching fire!
Friday 6th October
sees the Irish release of The Bluetones eponymous album
::: Their fifth
studio album to date, but their first for Cooking Vinyl :::
Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire with producer Hugh Jones – who
helmed both their classic debut ‘Expecting To Fly’ and
its follow-up ‘Return To The Last Chance Saloon’ –
songs such as the REM-esque, perky-pop-masking-serious-lyrics shenanigans
of ‘My Neighbour’s House’ to the more biting charms
of ‘Head On A Spike’ via the superbly summery appeal
of ‘Baby, Back Up’ and ‘Thank You, Not Today’,
find The Bluetones firmly re-acquainted with the wry insouciance
that made the band as popular with Smash Hits devotees as NME readers.
was marked by several spooky acts of synchronicity – just
as they took a flame-thrower to this generation’s apathy on
‘My Neighbour’s House’ (one of the tunes that
makes Mark describe this as the ‘Tones “most politically
conscious record”), Mark’s girlfriend’s neighbour’s
house was indeed catching fire. While, somewhat less scarily, Mark
found himself recording the vocals for the album’s cornerstone
‘Fade In/Fade Out’ just as its subject embarked on one
of the key moments of his life.
very good friends with David Walliams,” says Mark, “And
I was in close contact with him all the time he was doing the training
for his big swim. I was incredibly inspired by his dedication so
‘Fade In/Fade Out’ was written about and for him. He’s
been a good friend to me through the lean years – it’s
strange because when our friendship started eight years ago, I was
the celebrity and he was the ‘Who’s your mate?’
And, just like
the ‘Little Britain’ star on his Sport Relief exertions,
The Bluetones have dodged all the jellyfish stings, marauding sharks
and raw sewage the music business can throw at them, to complete
a journey that really ought to change the way you perceive them.
And while they might have got here the hard way, you’d never
know it from the crystal clear confidence that pervades every moment
of ‘The Bluetones’’ particularly punchy brand
of pristine pop, which survives as good today as it’s always
in Hounslow, West London in 1994, The Bluetones have secured eight
Top 20 singles and three Top 10 studio albums. Teeming with superlative
tunes about everything from environmental apathy to cross-dressing
cross-Channel swimmers, the forthcoming album (released on 6th October)
will surely remind everyone who hears it that here is a band that
deserve to be ranked alongside our most cherished national treasures.
will be playing Dublin's THE VILLAGE on Wednesday SEPTEMBER 27th
as part of their World Tour.