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Elbow announce new album and UK Arena Tour

Elbow are returning in 2014. The band are currently putting the finishing touches to their sixth studio album, at their facilities at Blueprint Studios, Salford, which due for release in March 2014. As with previous albums, including the platinum ‘build a rocket boys!’ and multi-platinum ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, the production and mixing of the album is being undertaken by keyboardist Craig Potter.

Fans will have the opportunity to pre-order the new album, as well as an exclusive bundle including a DVD / double CD of the band’s 2012 headline performance at Jodrell Bank for immediate dispatch. Available for a limited time only via the band’s website www.elbow.co.uk.

UK dates have been released including a date at LG Arena, Birmingham on 5 April 2014.

April 2014 tour dates:

Sat 5  – LG Arena, Birmingham

Sun 6  – Glasgow SSC Hydro

Tue 8  – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Wed 9 – Manchester Phones4U Arena

Fri 11  – Leeds First Direct Arena

Sat 12 – Liverpool Echo Arena

Mon 14 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena

Wed 16 – The o2 Arena, London

Alice in Chains – November Tour and UK only single: ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’

Alice in Chains have returned once again in 2013 with new album ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’. Heavy and raw, AiC maintain their power, strength and uniquely influential sound. If 2009’s album ‘Black Gives Way to Blue’ was an acknowledgement to past days, difficult times and re-birth, than the new album firmly establishes them once again as one of the power players in alternative metal, making as relevant today, as they were in the past. Rousing and mesmerizing guitars riffs, complimented by DuVall and Cantrell on vocals – one of the must listen albums of the year.

Having played this years Download festival to critical acclaim, the boys are back in the UK with a November tour and UK exclusive single; the title track and full six minutes long (so unlikely to get commercial radio airtime) AiC present exclusively for us: ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’. This track takes “aim at fundamental belief systems and the inflexibility of conservative doctrines, the song challenges reactionists straight between the eyes with the chorus intoning, ‘The devil put dinosaurs here / Jesus don’t like a queer / No problem with faith / Just fear’.”

Jerry Cantrell is keen to come and play to UK; “ fans have always been very good to us and we’re very much looking forward to playing for all of them in November.” AiC’s setlist may feature old classics but these gigs will be far from a nostalgia trip. Right here, right now – AiCs future is bright, current and powerful – in their own, unique way. And live – well worth forking out your hard earn cash for.

Tour starts 9th November and you can see them at the Birmingham 02 Academy on 13th November, with support from Ghost and Scar the Martyr. Tickets still available at @ £30. And for avid fans – exclusive VIP meet and greet from £115 – also still available.

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Full tour listing below:

9th Nov                   London Alexandra Palace

10th Nov                Leeds 02 Academy

11th Nov                Manchester Academy

13th Nov                Birmingham 02 Academy

14th Nov                Glasgow 02 Academy

15th Nov                Newport Centre

Album Review: Placebo – Loud Like Love

So Placebo are back with new album ‘Loud Like Love’ released mid September to a global digitally launched TV spectacular plus a range of social media feeds – and hangouts. All leading up to their 18 month world tour in support of it.

How times flies by. Placebo formed way back in ’94, with their breakthrough hit ‘Nancy Boy’ in ’96. ‘Loud Like Love’ is their seventh studio album; their first in four years, produced by Adam Noble. Placebo remains the core trio of frontman Brian Molko, Swedish bassist Stefan Olsdal and American Steve Forrest (the drummer who joined in 2008). The boy Molko just turned 40.

I’ve had a chance to listen the album for a few days. It’s not unusual for me to listen to an album and mentally switch off. It fades into the background as I do other things – the odd track sticks out. And then I remember I should be listening to it. ‘Loud Like Love’, for me, is more engaging than that.

Very early on it sucks you in. There’s more than just one stand out track in the few hours I’ve had to listen to this. Title track ‘Loud Like Love’ starts off with a jangly guitar before romping away. Single ‘Too Many Friends’ opens with that slightly bizarre tagline “My computer thinks I’m gay….” and even in the competition of commercial radio airplay, immediately stands out before rolling into it’s tale which according to Molko “… is about how technology has bred alienation.” ‘Purify’ is very much typical Placebo once it gets going.

There’s more than one floating lullaby as Molko’s high-pitched vocals soar. ‘Hold on to Me’ Molko sadly explaining his actions and why someone should stick by him. Closing track ‘Bosco’ – all six minutes and 41 seconds is a beautiful melodic track, with Molko soaring melancholy and beautiful as he looks back at a relationship. To an accompaniment of violins  “When I get drunk, you take me home, and keep me safe from harm…” pondering the fact: “..how I suck you dry….” over and over.

 

Over the years I’ve dipped in and out of Placebo. They’ve occasionally issued a track that makes me take notice – so this is the first time I’ve listened to a new Placebo album in a while. This new outing as a whole is an album you can listen and listen to, it’s harmlessly musically absorbing.

 

Placebo are so stand-out it means they’ve always been one of those bands to love or loathe. Molko has hugely distinctive vocals and there’s no change on this album. And the subject matter may be introspective, self-appreciating and observational but it’s not totally dark. With Placebo you either get them or you don’t. Like The Cure or Depeche Mode before them they have their own unique charm. This is a commercially engaging album. Whether it’s enough for loyal fans only time will tell – it is commercial enough to engage a few new ones. It doesn’t depart from the Placebo formula – they’ve just grown up. Bands can’t always be angsty and screamy against the world, everyone grows up at some stage. And by the sound of it Placebo have, in their own unique way.

Worth a listen if you like your music on the alternative side of rock with a spin of commerciality. Enjoyable, but don’t expect anything new.

As part of their 18 month tour 02 Academy Birmingham on 12th December 2013, tickets are still available at a reasonably priced £30.