THE SUBWAYS Release Fifth Studio Album ‘Uncertain Joys’ via Alcopop! Records/Bodan Kuma Recordings; UK Headline Tour Kicks Off This Month

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Release Fifth Studio Album ‘Uncertain Joys’ via Alcopop! Records/Bodan Kuma Recordings

2023 UK Tour Kicks Off January 26

European Dates Announced

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Hertfordshire, UK indie punk favorites THE SUBWAYS have released their long-awaited fifth studio album Uncertain Joys via Alcopop! Records/Bodan Kuma Recordings.

The album is available at:

What others are saying:

“A fantastic album filled with catchy tracks. Eight years is a long time, but it was certainly worth the wait. “- Distorted Sound

“Driving, memorable guitar riffs, and catchy choruses are abound throughout an album with stunning production values that also tackles a variety of themes lyrically. Uncertain Joys ensures a triumphant return to recording for The Subways.”- XS Noize

“Armed with a new drummer, some synthesizers and eight years of life experience, the British indie trio (The Subways) re-emerge moodier, mellower and more mature on their fifth release.”- Tinnitist

“The Subways pushing themselves to their limits. It’s a welcome return.” – GBHBL

“Has plenty in its grooves to keep hips swinging and more.”- The Arts Desk

“There’s still that indie-punk ferocity that they’ve honed so well over the years. A hearty feat to pull off after hefty musical time out.”- Noizze

“Sets a high benchmark…”- Real Gone

“‘Uncertain Joys’ is a supercharged dose of classic Subways that is more than worth your time.”- Full Pelt Music

“With Uncertain Joys, The Subways have come on leaps and bounds, mixing bold synths and bouncy pop to their straightforward Indie Rock to great effect.”- Ghost Cult

“Their best work to date.”- *Music Shelf With Mustard*


Uncertain Joys was recorded and produced by front man and producer in his own right Billy Lunn, mixed by the Grammy Award-winning Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters, Everything Everything), and mastered by Katie Tavini (Mykki Blanco, Arlo Parks, Nadine Shah).

Watch a video for the single “Black Wax” here:

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Following a busy summer of festival appearances across the UK and Europe, the band’s previously announced UK album tour dates have been rescheduled to January/February 2023 and are on sale now (see below for full listings). New European dates have also been announced.

The band kicked off the release of the record with a series of shows at London-based vintage clothing boutique Paper Dress Vintage this week. Tickets are available here:

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‘Uncertain Joys’ tracklist:

1. You Kill My Cool
2. Love Waiting On You
3. Uncertain Joys
4. Incantation
5. Black Wax
6. Lavender Amelie
7. Fight
8. Influencer Killed The Rock Star
9. Swanky Al
10. The Devil and Me
11. Joli Coeur
12. Futures

London Takeover Album Release Shows @ Paper Dress Vintage

Jan13th – London (Full Set) w/ The Molotovs

UK/EU Tour Dates:

Jan 26th – Manchester Gorilla

Jan 27th – Stoke Sugarmill

Jan 28th Sunderland Independent

Jan 29th Glasgow King Tuts

Feb 1st – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

Feb 2nd – London Scala

Feb 3rd – Brighton Chalk

Feb 4th – Cambridge Mash

Mar 19- Rotterdam (NE), Rotown (main hall)

Mar 22- Kraków (PL), Kwadrat

Mar 23- Warsaw (PL), Hybrydy

Mar 25- Brno (CZ), Fléda

Mar 26- Prague (CZ), Lucerna Music Bar

Mar 27- Budapest (HU), Dürer Kert

Mar 29- Vienna (AT), Flex

Mar 30- Bratislava (SK), MMC

Mar 31- Dornbirn (AT), Conrad Sohm

Apr 1- Milan (IT), Legend Club

Apr 2- Treviso (IT), New Age, Roncade

Apr 5- Rubigen (CH), Mühle Hunziken

Apr 6- Chaffhausen (CH), Kammgarn

Jun 24- Match Börner Open Air (DE) Festival

Aug 6- Bridlington Spa (with The Enemy)

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The Subways are:

Billy Lunn – guitar and vocals

Charlotte Cooper – bass and vocals

Camille Phillips – drums

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Formed in 2002, by now The Subways should need no introduction. Nearly 20 years into their career the band have had multiple chart-worthy album releases including Young For Eternity (2005), All Or Nothing (2008), Money And Celebrity (2011), and The Subways (2015), spawning a slew of hit singles including ‘Rock & Roll Queen’, ‘Oh Yeah’, ‘Girls & Boys’ and ‘We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time’.

They have toured with AC/DC, Foo Fighters, and Oasis, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and graced the festival main-stages of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Lollapalooza, Download, Soundwave, Hurricane & Southside, Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring and many more.

The band have worked with Nirvana and Garbage super-producer Butch Vig, as well as Blur and The Smith’s mastermind Stephen Street, and the band have appeared in several major films and videogames including Guy Ritchie’s Rock’N’Rolla, American smash-hit TV drama The OC, and Colin McCrae: DiRT 2, Saint’s Row 2, Fifa Street 2, Forza Horizon.

The first track to be taken from their recently-completed forthcoming new album, ‘Fight’ was The Subways’ first release without long-time drummer and founding member Josh Morgan, who announced his departure from the band in October 2020, shortly after studio sessions were completed.

Produced by Lunn and mixed by Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse, New Order), ‘Fight’ is a precursor to the sonic texture of the new album, without giving too much away too early. In the advent of COVID, Lunn is producing and mixing bands in his Welwyn Garden City-based recording studio (with social-distancing measures in place) until touring resumes.

‘Fight’ picked up a triumphant wave of support, with NME, CLASH Magazine, Steve Lamacq at BBC 6music, Gay Times, Broadway World, and more all championing the band’s long-awaited return, and demonstrating a renewed appetite for the band’s forthcoming fifth studio effort.

The Subways’ hit single ‘Rock & Roll Queen’ also recently appeared in Ladbrokes’ European Championship TV advert, partnering with #WeMakeEvents to light up music venues in red and lend support to the live entertainment industry. The advert features hundreds of skilled and experienced drummers performing as a player prepares to take a penalty.

The Subways revealed the video for forthcoming 2023 album Uncertain Joys’ lead single ‘You Kill My Cool’ earlier this spring, following a premiere with FLOOD Magazine. Alongside the track, the band also released single B-side ‘Oi You Boy Bands’ which is out now on all good digital service providers—a rallying feminist cry against all things pale, male and stale that features lead vocals from bassist Charlotte Cooper and new drummer/permanent member Camille Phillips (The Ramonas).

‘You Kill My Cool’ and ‘Love Waiting On You’ are the latest shots of new material from the band following their previous Black Lives Matter-inspired standalone single ‘Fight’ in 2021, collaborating with rising stars Nova Twins and Tokky Horror for exclusive remixes and B-sides.

The band closed out last year on their Young For Eternity Tour dates with ART BRUT, as well as playing a handful of intimate headline gigs, and most recently stormed through the EU in May 2022 for a string of Germany and Netherlands headline dates.

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