Sunday, 2 November 2014

Track Of The Day: The Charlatans - 'So Oh'

The Charlatans Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Martin Blunt and Tony Rogers - release their twelfth album, Modern Nature on 26th January 2015 and follow the release with an eight date UK tour kicking off on March 3rd in Bristol and finishing at The Roundhouse in London on March 16th. The album comes after a brutally difficult year for the band following the death from brain cancer of their old friend and drummer Jon Brookes last year. Rogers says that they were determined to carry on to honour Brookes' memory - "Jon was adamant that there was going to be another Charlatans record, and you have to put that into your own thoughts."

The band went into their studio Big Mushroom in January 2014 and as Tim recalls "We were aching for the summer when we wrote it. It was freezing and we were trying to write songs that made us happy."

The result is Modern Nature, and from it comes this beautifully laid back new sngle 'So Oh'. Featuring eleven new tracks, the album was produced by The Charlatans and Jim Spencer and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead). The album features a cacophony of contributors from their three temporary drummers - Pete Salisbury of The Verve, Stephen Morris of New Order and Gabriel Gurnsey of DFA's avant-disco group Factory Floor, to Kate Bushs’ backing singers Melanie Marshall and Sandra Marvin, strings by Sean O’ Hagan and brass courtesy of Dexys’ Big Jim Paterson. Q have already described the album as “ one the finest of their career.”

The live shows in March will be The Charlatans’ first full UK tour since 2010. Pete Salisbury (The Verve) who plays on much of the album will be drumming on the dates. A list of dates can be found HERE.




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