Multi-platinum, Brit and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter David Gray today releases the track ‘Through To Myself’. Originally only available as a secret track on the CD release of Gray’s 7 million-selling, trailblazing album, White Ladder, the track arrives ahead of a special remastered 20th-anniversary edition of White Ladder, which will be released on 14th February 14, 2020.
Available on CD and for the first time ever available on vinyl, there will also be a deluxe 2xCD edition and 4xLP version which will include White Ladder rarities and B-sides (including ‘Through To Myself’), plus an extensive booklet with stories written by Gray about the whole White Ladder experience.
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In conjunction with the album release, Gray will embark on a 39-date tour of the UK, European and North American shows; White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour. Commencing at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on 20th March 2020 and including London’s The 02 on 26th March, the shows will see Gray perform ‘White Ladder’ with all the original band members and with all the original equipment to recreate the record in its entirety, plus a set of the greatest hits.
Speaking about ‘Through To Myself’, Gray says; “The producer working on White Ladder, Iestyn Polson, used to play video games. Relaxation for him was blowing the shit out of things. Because all those games had loads of hidden chambers, when it came to mastering the album we had a few extra things lying around, including this track ‘Through To Myself’ which we decided to make a hidden track. People often put secret tracks at the end of CDs, so the last track goes on for about 4 weeks, but Iestyn said ‘There’s another place you can put a secret track, and that’s right at the front of the album, before zero’. So we put it before ‘Please Forgive Me’ and kept quiet.”
White Ladder was born of difficult circumstances. Gray had been struggling on the margins, swimming against the tide of Britpop, grunge, hip hop and electro. “Futility was so thick on the ground it was utterly soul destroying.” He asked himself some difficult questions: “Can you make a better record? Can you write a better song? The decision was to open up and give it everything I’ve got.” Written and recorded on minimal budget in his Stoke Newington bedroom, David experimented with drum machines and electronic elements, aided by drummer Craig McClune and engineer Polson.
Self-released at first, White Ladder slowly found an audience. It took a year to creep into the British charts, working its way all the way up to number one. White Ladder spent 3 years (May 2000 to March 2003) in the UK Top 100, spawning hits ‘Babylon’, ‘Please Forgive Me’ and ‘Sail Away’. It remains in the top 30 best-selling British albums of all time and the best-selling album ever in Ireland.
White Ladder is one of 11 complex and heartfelt albums Gray has recorded in a career that spans 25 years. Says Gray, “What happened with White Ladder involved more than music. It was a sort of heart and soul moment of total surrender for everybody involved, for me and the audience. That was it. It doesn't get any better than that.”
WHITE LADDER: THE 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR – UK/EUROPE DATES
20th March - Liverpool @ M&S Bank Arena
21st March - Glasgow @ The SSE Hydro
22nd March - Cardiff @ Motorpoint Arena
24th March - Bournemouth @ International Centre
26th March - London @ The O2 Arena
27th March - Leeds @ First Direct Arena
28th March - Birmingham @ Resorts World Arena
31st March - Belfast @ The SSE Arena
2nd April - Dublin @ 3Arena
3rd April - Dublin @ 3Arena
4th April - Dublin @ 3Arena
7th April - Antwerp @ Lotto Arena
8th April - Amsterdam @ AFAS Live
9th April - Cologne @ Palladium
20th June - Cork @ Irish Independent Park