Scottish rock band Big Country will release their brand new studio album, ‘The Journey‘ as they embark on a 14-date tour of the UK this April. This is Big Country’s ninth studio album and their first since the sad and untimely death of lead singer and songwriter, Stuart Adamson in December 2001.
Recorded on the Welsh border town of Wrexham in an old cold war nuclear bunker, with 8-feet thick walls and no phone or internet signal, group members found themselves isolated and disconnected from the outside world, allowing for an interesting and productive time in the studio.
Aptly titled, ‘The Journey’ is released some two years after Big Country embarked on a new era, when guitarist and founder member Bruce Watson officially invited Mike Peters (The Alarm) to join them as lead vocalist for two concerts to celebrate 30 years since the group’s formation. Two years of intense and emotional touring followed and as diehard followers and critics alike responded positively and a whole new generation of fans were created, the group, imbued with new energy and passion, performed at many of the UK and Europe’s most prestigious festivals, including Isle of Wight, V, T In The Park and Oxygen.
“There are themes of redemption and of coming to terms with a life lived all through this record, and the process has brought us together as a family united and ready to stand proud for what and who we are…..Big Country.” explains Mike Peters.
Mark Brzezick adds: “I am looking forward to the next Big Country chapter…. it feels right and fitting that Big Country continue the journey… and as Stuart always said, “When taking a journey, it’s not about the getting there, it’s enjoying the view on the way”
Catch Big Country at a city near you:
FRI 12 GLASGOW, ABC
SAT 13 ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE
SUN 14 NEWCASTLE, O2 ACADEMY
TUE 16 LIVERPOOL, O2 ACADEMY
THU 18 SHEFFIELD, CORPORATION
FRI 19 MANCHESTER, THE RITZ
SAT 20 SOUTHAMPTON, UNIVERSITY
SUN 21 LONDON, THE FORUM
MON 23 CARDIFF, GREAT HALL
TUE 24 WOLVERHAMPTON, WULFRUN HALL
WED 25 NORWICH, WATERFRONT
THU 26 READING, SUB 89
FRI 27 DUBLIN, THE ACADEMY
SAT 28 BELFAST, LIMELIGHT 1