News Round-Up: Royal Blood, Pulp

Press photo of Royal Blood by Tom Beard

Royal Blood by Tom Beard

A new album from Royal Blood and more comeback tour dates for Pulp were among our biggest stories last week.

Royal Blood will release their fourth album on September 8th.

The recording of Back To The Water Below was all about, ‘letting the ideas take us where they needed to go’, according to Ben Thatcher, who also said the variety which will be on display was arrived by keeping, ‘the songs in charge’.

“No-one saw the years of us playing in loads of bands to no-one, that all gets swept under the carpet because the other story is magical and much more wondrous,” Mike Kerr added.

The death of Tina Turner at her home in Switzerland has been announced.

The entertainment world has united in tribute to one of the most recognisable, legendary figures of 20th century popular music, whose popularity endured from 60’s soul and R&B to 80s/90s chart domination.

A statement on her social media pages read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and boundless passion for life, she enchanted fans worldwide and inspired future stars. We say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us her greatest work; her music. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”

The Linda Lindas have followed up their 2022 debut album Growing Up with a video for their brand new single Too Many Things.

“We had a nonstop, jam-packed, and awesome 2022 playing shows, going on tours, and meeting fans and making friends across the U.S. as well as Spain, Germany, England, Japan, Canada, and Mexico,” the band said.

“After taking a short break to catch our breath, recharge, focus on school, and go back into the studio, we are ready to share a song about how everything unfolds so fast all the time—the surprises, the disappointments, and the opportunities that pass us by at every moment.”

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker introducing JARV IS... to Bluedot Festival 2019 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Jarvis Cocker introducing JARV IS… to Bluedot Festival 2019 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Pulp have added gigs in Manchester and London to their 2023 comeback touring.

The new shows will take place at Castlefield Bowl on July 4th, and the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on July 28th and 29th.

The band played Bridlington Spa last week ahead of big outdoor concerts at Neighbourhood Weekender, Isle Of Wight and Finsbury Park in the coming weeks.

After creating their own world on Coral Island to much critical acclaim in 2021, The Coral have now built a spaghetti western on its follow-up Sea Of Mirrors, which has been set for release on September 8th.

Its opening scene is Wild Bird, of which James Skelly has said:

“Like most of The Coral’s best known songs you could pick out, it was written in about five minutes. Once the album concept was clear, this was us imagining the theme tune for an Italian western directed by Fellini with a Richard Yates – written script. It’s us asking ourselves: what would have happened if Lee Hazlewood had produced a Gene Pitney song written by Townes Van Zandt?”

Hard-Fi will head out on a UK tour during October after reuniting for live shows last year.

“We’re really excited to be heading back out on the road and playing venues up and down the country for the first time in too long,” Richard Archer said.

The tour is due to open at Cambridge Junction on October 5th and will run through to a gig at the London Troxy on the 21st of that month.

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