Thursday, April 19, 2018

Long-awaited new English Beat album details revealed

I saw the band live last year in Riverside and Irvine, Calif. and the one or two new songs that were played sounded solid. And his toaster King Schascha was impressive as well. Can't wait to hear the album... 

The English Beat featuring Dave Wakeling have announced their first new studio album since 1982. Scheduled for release on June 15, Here We Go Love includes 13 songs (see track listing below). It was made over the last two years between tours.

On "The One And Only," Wakeling examines “the Donald Trump in all of us. It is too easy for us to just point fingers.” Besides music performed by the live band, there are special guests like Roddy "Radiation" Byers of The Specials and The Skabilly Rebels, Train guitarist Luis Maldonado and backing vocalists Durga McBroom, Kevin Williams and Jelani Jones.

Wakeling even sought input from The English Beat’s late saxophonist Saxa, who had a tendon injury, but still hummed some saxophone melodies which Wakeling incorporated into the album to maintain a taste of his musical flavor.

Track listing:

1. How can you stand there?
2. The one and the only
3. Redemption time
4. If killing worked
5. Here we go love
6. Never die
7. The love you give
8. You really oughtta know
9. You're stuck
10. Every time you told me
11. Dem call it ska
12. Drive her away
13. Be there for you

Tour dates: 

May 04 Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach, CA) 
May 11 Libbey Bowl (Ojai, CA) 
May 12 The Canyon Santa Clarita (Santa Clarita, CA) 
May 18 The Coach House (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 
Jun 21 The State Theatre (Falls Chuck, VA) 
Jun 22 Underground Arts (Philadelphia, PA) 
Jun 24 The Bell House (Brooklyn, NY) 
Jul 06 The Metro (Chicago, IL) 
Jul 07 The Kent Stage (Kent, OH)
Jul 11 The Slowdown (Omaha, NE) 
Jul 13 The Gothic (Denver, CO) 
Jul 16 The Complex (Salt Lake City, UT) 
Jul 18 Park (Salem, OR) 
Jul 19 Irvine Regional Park (Irvine, CA) 
Aug 04 Pershing Square (Los Angeles, CA) 
Aug 07 The Chicken Box (Nantucket, MA) 
Aug 08 The Chicken Box (Nantucket, MA) 
Aug 09 Payomet PAC (Truro, MA) 
Aug 10 Ocean Mist (Kingstown, RI) 
Aug 17 The Boardwalk (Santa Cruz, CA)

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