Fatherson are back, but not as you know them. Today, the Glaswegian three-piece have announced details of “Normal Fears”, their first album in three years. The album is a lush lesson in letting go. Gorgeous, groove-led singalongs steeped in electronics find the band in a playful mode, putting break-ups, old ways of working and everyday worries behind them to start afresh, sunny side up.
The announcement comes as the band share a new short film titled “Same Old, Brand New”, which features stunning live session footage of the band performing fan favourites from previous releases, their recent synth-drenched standalone single “End Of The World”, as well as the next taster of their new material with new single “Normal People” – which is also released today.
Speaking on the short film the band says, “We wanted to do something special to announce our new album. The idea was to create something that could be shared all over the world, a celebration of the new music we’ve created with a nod to what has come before. ’Same Old, Brand New’ is just that. A collection of exclusive live performances presented as a short film that explores some of the concepts around the album and the world in general.
We were incredibly excited to get the opportunity to work with Forest of Black on this. Throughout the pandemic they really embraced this style and created some amazing films for Liam Gallagher, Biffy Clyro, The Snuts etc. Michael Sherrington directed it and was really the creative force behind the vision for the film. We have worked with Michael previously and jumped at the opportunity to work with him again - he has such a great style and is incredibly talented.
This performance film is our way of showcasing our new music to the whole world and we can’t wait for everyone to watch it.”
Watch 'Same Old, Brand New' - BELOW:
Part love song, part commentary of the world, “Normal People”, draws on the anthemic nature of the band’s previous material whilst also leaning into their new alt-pop focused melodic direction.
Speaking on the single, frontman Ross Leighton says, “there is a perspective in the song that is about falling in love and feeling like you’re the only two people in the world, looking out at everyone else. At that moment I had never been so sure of anything before, which was an amazing feeling. However, in all honesty it is kind of a bluff because I am a normal person riddled with fear.”
Listen to 'Normal People' - BELOW:
Alongside their new material, Fatherson have also announced details of a new headline UK tour for March 2022 in support of “Normal Fears”. The dates will follow their recent October tour which saw them play to multiple sold-out crowds. The band are renowned for their encapsulating live performances, which have seen them tour alongside the likes of Lewis Capaldi on his EU arena dates and at Wembley Arena, as well as playing with Frightened Rabbit, Biffy Clyro, Idlewild, Augustines, Enter Shikari, Amber Run, Twin Atlantic, and more.
Live dates – March 2022:
11: Glasgow, Barrowland
17: Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
18: Newcastle, Northumbria University
19: Leeds, The Wardrobe
20: Manchester, Club Academy
22: Stoke on Trent, The Sugarmill
23: Birmingham, Castle & Falcon
24: Nottingham, The Bodega
25: Cambridge, The Portland Arms
27: St. Albans, The Horn
28: Bristol, Exchange
29: London, Islington Assembly Hall
Tickets will go on general sale on 26th November at 10 am GMT. However, fans who pre-order ‘Normal Fears’ from the band’s store will get access to a special presale on Wednesday 24th November, at 10 am GMT. More info HERE
“Normal Fears” Tracklisting:
1. End Of The World
2. Love For Air
3. Normal People
5. Do It For Yourself
6. Honest To God
7. That Feeling and the Sound
9. Better Friend
10. All The Time
12. Crying Wolf
13. Wreckage in the Rubble