Black Grape return with the brand new album ‘Pop Voodoo’, which will be released on UMC (Universal Music) on 7th July 2017. The album showcases the band’s first new material in 20 years and is sure to reinstate them as one of the most influential bands of all time.
Album opener and teaser track ‘Everything You Know Is Wrong - Intro’ sees the band launching into a statement of intent and the return of Shaun Ryder’s lyrical wit, which this time sees him taking sharp aim at Donald Trump. The forthcoming album is testament to Ryder’s reigning social and political commentary.
As Irvine Welsh writes in the band’s biography: I’m delighted to report that Black Grape are back on the road, and with new album Pop Voodoo that really does rock the fuck out of the discotheque. Shaun’s word play has never been deployed to such devastating effect, and he scores a bullseye whether he hits the obvious targets (Trump), and the more obscure ones…well, find out for yourself. The world is in a bit of a state right now, and bullshit reigns more than ever, and perversely disguised as candour. We need Manc street sass, intelligence and wit more than ever right now. This album has that in spades.
Ryder and Kermit have teamed up with producer Youth (Martin Glover) on this album, who has previously worked with the likes of The Verve, U2, Primal Scream, Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode to name but a few.
Ryder has grown from a wild young tearaway into a British National Treasure. Commenting on the new album, he says, “We had a great time making the album - we wrote, recorded and mixed it within four weeks.” Kermit adds that the album is, “Me and Shaun eyeball to eyeball.”
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and iconic bands of the last twenty years, Black Grape have had 4 Top 10 singles and their debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’ shot straight to No.1 in the UK charts upon its release in 1995 and went Platinum. Follow up album ‘Stupid Stupid Stupid’ went Gold in 1997.
Black Grape will play an intimate show at the 100 Club, London on 11th May.
Pop Voodoo is available to pre-order now: https://BlackGrape.lnk.to/PopVoodoo