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HUMBLE AS THE SUN
The unique and ever-evolving London 2 piece BOB VYLAN, announces new album, ‘Humble As The Sun’ to be released 5th April 2024. Alongside this, they release powerful single ‘He’s A Man’ which you can listen to HERE or below.
‘Humble as the Sun’, the forthcoming album from Bob Vylan continues with much of the rage and urgency that they have come to be known and loved for, but this latest project shows that they are now stronger and wiser, bolstered by the wins and learnings that they have fought hard for along the way. The resulting record aims to leave the listener feeling power alongside their anger, and brings a fresh and compelling blend of punk, rock, grime and rap together in an experimental way.
Following on from the MOBO award-winning and chart-topping album, ‘Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life’, the message woven throughout ‘Humble as the Sun’ remains dark in places but is high-energy, defiant and unapologetic in its critique of a broken social and political system that so many have fallen victim to, but feel powerless against.
“This album is for the underdogs, the ones who come out swinging and those who refuse to be defeated in the face of injustice, and aims to remind listeners that anger is a fire that can be harnessed and put to use. The album creation started from a conversation with the sun, which is, after all, a big ball of fire that sustains life.
From masculinity to myths about the G Spot, the themes and topics explored on ‘Humble As The Sun’ make for an often humorously empowering celebration of the peoples ability to endure, overcome and bring about change.” says Bob Vylan
The lyricism on this album is even more layered than their previous projects, still darkly humorous, anti-establishment and unforgiving but at times pauses to deliver much-needed words of affirmation to listeners, “You are loved. You are not alone. You are going through hell but keep going.” Bobby assures the listener, offering an antidote to the state of the world, aiming to give some power and agency to those who hear it.
At a time when so little trust or faith exists between the people and the powers that be, Bob Vylan offers out a hand in the despondent darkness that has overwhelmed so many in the shadow of a burning planet. They guide the listener to a place where they can see some light and feel empowered to do something, to fight back, to continue pushing forwards despite the challenges faced along the way.
Mixing all of the best quintessentially British – and Jamaican – musical elements from punk to drum and bass, grime and rock, Bob Vylan creates a sound that reflects the state of the nation, at once voicing the frustrations that normal people have, while also highlighting one’s ability to persevere, overcome hardship and to change.
Humble As The Sun tracklisting:
1. Humble As The Sun
3. GYAG (Get Yourself A Gun)
4. Dream Big
5. Hunger Games
6. Right Here
7. Makes Me Violent
8. He’s A Man
9. Ring The Alarm
10. Still Here
The pair will be heading out on their biggest headline tour to date across the UK and Ireland.
It will see them take in 13 cities across the UK and Ireland with friends Kid Bookie, Panic Shack and Meryl Streek at select dates. Preceding that run, they will be headlining shows in the Netherlands, Germany and France.
For Bob Vylan, their live shows are all about community and is the place they can best express that. With each show starting with mediation, and ends with a group hug. But what’s between the meditative start and embracing end is a message delivered in a way that both Bobby and Bobbie feel has been missing.
BOB VYLAN- VIVA LA VYLAN UK TOUR 2023 Plus Special guests Kid Bookie + Panic Shack + Meryl Streek (Ireland only) 8th November 2023 – Limelight 2, Belfast 9th November 2023 – Whelan’s, Dublin 12th November 2023 – Junction 1, Cambridge 13th November 2023 – Stylus, Leeds 14th November 2023 – Garage, Glasgow 16th November 2023 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle 17th November 2023 – O2 Ritz, Manchester 18th November 2023 – O2 Institute, Birmingham 20th November 2023 – Rock City, Newcastle 21st November 2023 – SWX, Bristol 22nd November 2023 – Engine Rooms, Southampton 24th November 2023 – Chalk, Brighton 25th November 2023 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
————- ABOUT BOB VYLANWith just one vocalist (Bobby) and one drummer (Bobbie) they have created a unique and ever evolving sound, one that crosses styles and genres, doing away with the traditional and embracing new and uncharted sonic dimensions. They incorporate these styles within their music in an attempt to bridge and blend genres and subcultures together. It is this very unique style and sound that has found them embraced by rock, rap, punk, dance and alternative crowds alike.
Their independent nature has seen them start their own record label (Ghost Theatre), to release their music free from the restraints of major label politics. This route saw the band reach number 18 on the UK album charts, 4 in the physical charts and number 3 on the independent charts, with their 2022 album ‘Bob Vylan Presents The Price Of Life’. The first time in history that an album entirely self-produced, recorded, mixed and released on a band’s own label has reached the top 20. The album also went on to win the Kerrang! ‘Best Album’ award for 2022, and helped the band win their first MOBO award in the new ‘Alternative’ category.