JAMESare proud to announce the release of their new album LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES. Released on 3August, the album was produced by Mercury and Brit Award winner CHARLIE ANDREW [whose previous work includes alt-J and Wolf Alice] and rising star Beni Giles.
LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES follows the release of their recent BETTER THAN THAT EP, the band’s first new music since their hugely successful 2016 album GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, which debuted at #2 in the UK album charts, second only to Adele and their highest debut entry in nearly twenty years.
You can listen to HANK, the last track from the BETTER THAN THAT EP, which is also included on the new album, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Vf8dNikAk&feature=youtu.be
This is the band’s 15th studio album, and delivers the same vigour and urgency as its predecessors, a fusion of social commentary and personal reflection, covering everything from the current political climate in America in the frustration-charged HANK – “This crack heads tiny fingers / Accusing you of what he’ll do / White fascists in the white house / More beetroot in your Russian stew” – to the lonesome Father’s Day in the heartfelt COMING HOME (PT. 2), which features keyboards from long-time collaborator BRIAN ENO.
Tim Booth said: “We knew something was up when Leicester city won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It’s as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We areliving in extraordinary times.”
The album started life during jam sessions at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studios and was finished at Iguana Studios in Brixton. Beni Giles was already working with the band on creating a new rhythmical approach when Charlie Andrew joined the project after being blown away by the band live. “This album is full of big tunes,” Charlie states. “Tim and the guys are all very good at writing huge hooks. There’s some really big, energetic tracks and some nice, chilled ones; and there are some monstrous tracks, like Hank, which is just vast with layers and layers of drums”.
The striking album artwork was created by contemporary artist and former Vivienne Westwood designer MAGNUS GJOEN. Gjoendraws inspiration from street and pop art aesthetics, juxtaposing them with fine art. His work challenges preconceived notions of objects, exploring the stark contrast between power and fragility where something which is potentially extremely destructive can be made into beautiful yet fragile objects of art, tying in with the themes of the album by exploring the gaps between politics and tranquillity.
LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES will be available on CD, download, cassette and heavyweight double vinyl, plus a hardback booked deluxe CD featuring 4 extra tracks – three demos plus one track from the album sessions. HMV and independent stores will also stock a limited grey gatefold package featuring double magenta coloured vinyl.
Exclusive signed bundles and a limited yellow gatefold package featuring double white coloured vinyl are available via the artist store. Pre-order link: https://jamesofficial.lnk.to/LivingPR
- COMING HOME (PT.2)
- MANY FACES
- HOW HARD THE DAY
- EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
- PICTURE OF THIS PLACE
- HOPE TO SLEEP
- BETTER THAN THAT
- WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT
- BACKWARD GLANCES | Bonus Track on Hardback Booked Deluxe CD
- MOVING CAR | Demo on Hardback Booked Deluxe CD
- OVERDOSE | Demo on Hardback Booked Deluxe CD
- TROUBLE | Demo on Hardback Booked Deluxe CD
JAMES recently played a seven-date sold out UK tour, revisiting intimate venues across the country, and headlined the Common People Festivalsin Southampton and Oxford. They’re now preparing for a string of performances at summer festivals across the UK and Europe including Bilbao BBK Live in Spain as follows:
Fri 29 LISBON Rock in Rio Festival
Fri 13 SOUTHWOLD Latitude Festival | HEADLINE 2nd Stage
Sat 14 BILBAO BBK Live Festival
Fri 27 KENDAL Kendal Calling Festival
Sat 11 LITHLINGOW Party at The Palace | HEADLINE
Sat 18 SCARBOROUGH Open Air Theatre | HEADLINE
Thu 30 DUMFRIES Electric Fields | HEADLINE
JAMES are one of the UK’s most creatively restless and most loved artists. After signing to the iconic Factory Records in 1982, the band went on to release a series of hugely successful hit singles. From SIT DOWN to SHE’S A STAR, LAID, COME HOME, MOVING ON and NOTHING BUT LOVE, their uniquely diverse sound spans over 14 studio albums released over three decades, achieving both critical and commercial success whilst also curating a base of dedicated fans.
Having sold over 25 million albums worldwide, playing shows across the globe and cementing their status as one of the most iconic live British bands, 2016 saw the release of GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, their most commercially and critically successful album for nearly twenty years.