Art Brut have confirmed the details of their new album.
Titled ‘Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!’, the full-length is set to drop on 23rd November, via Alcopop Records. With production from award winning folk musician Jim Moray, and artwork from contemporary German pop artist Jim Avignon, the news comes alongside a run of UK shows and a video for the band’s new single, ‘Hospital‘.
Speaking about the track, and a spell which found the frontman dangerously ill in hospital, Eddie Argos explains: “I didn’t realise quite how ill I was at the time. I was in a German hospital und mein Deutsche is nicht sehr gut. I had a big operation, bigger than they were expecting when they started operating on me, and there were a few complications. They kept me in for nearly a month. It was the most undignified month of my life and although I was very grateful to the surgeons for saving my life and also to the nurses for taking care of me, I despised every fucking minute of time I spent there.”
“The only thing that kept me sane was the mantra that eventually became this song. Every single lyric was written and repeated over and over again as I suffered numerous indignities. Songwriting is something I’ve always used to alleviate stress and on this occasion I really tested it to its limits. What I am most impressed by is that even when I’m at death’s door and pumped full of morphine, staggering around and collapsing all the time, I can still write a comical call-and-response backing vocal to amuse myself.
“I’m very glad not to be in hospital anymore—of course, as this was three years ago, I’ve broken all the promises I make to myself in this song.”
You can check out ‘Hospital’ below.
Those new UK dates follow up on an already sold out London show next month. With another London date in mid January at the capital’s Garage planned, they’ll then kick off a run from 15th February, starting off in Birmingham before calling off in Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Brighton, Southampton and Guildford.
The dates read:
7 London, Boston Music Rooms (sold out)
17 London, Garage
15 Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
16 Bristol, The Exchange
17 Cardiff, The Globe
18 Oxford, The Bullingdon
19 Liverpool, Phase One
20 Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
21 Glasgow, Stereo
22 Manchester, Yes
23 Brighton, The Haunt
2 Southampton, The Joiners
3 Guildford, Boileroom