PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. (PIL) share new single ‘Car Chase’ – from their forthcoming album ‘End of World’

Credit: Andres Poveda Photography

Public Image Ltd. (PiL) share new single, “Car Chase”, taken from their forthcoming 11th studio album and first album in 8 years, End of World, released on 11th August 2023 on PiL Official LTD via Cargo UK Distribution. It is followed by a 38-date UK and European Tour.

The video to “Car Chase” gives an insight into the recording of the new album and features handwritten lyrics by John Lydon. Talking about “Car Chase”, John said, “Typical PiL, unpredictable to the last. It’s a fantastic smash-and-grab of a song. It’s about someone who cleverly breaks out of the mental institution every night, unbeknownst to his owners. It’s based on having to go to shopping malls at night for cigarettes and wine and seeing the vast carpark space and lighting surrounded by a little village and a lot of dark trees and country lanes. It’s a really creepy scenario, what if somebody creeps out of there, like a mad lunatic?”

Check out the video for ‘Car Chase’ – BELOW:

Earlier this year, PiL released “Hawaii”, the most personal piece of songwriting and accompanying artwork that John Lydon has ever shared. The song is a love letter to John’s wife, Nora, who sadly passed away from Alzheimer’s on Wednesday 5th April. A pensive, personal yet universal love song that has resonated with many since its release in January, the song sees John reflecting on their lifetime well spent and, in particular, one of their happiest moments together in Hawaii. John said, “Nora loved the album; she wouldn’t have wanted us to postpone it or change any of our plans.” Previously he has said of “Hawaii” “It is dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life, with the person they care for the most.”

They followed “Hawaii” with “Penge”, which John describes as “something of a mediaeval Viking epic.”

The band began writing and recording End of World in 2018, during their 40th-anniversary tour. After The Great Pause, the band regrouped in the studio and “there was just this massive explosion of ideas,” Lydon says. The result finds PiL set to release 13 of the best tracks they have ever written.

Celebrating their 40-year anniversary in 2018, the band is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time.

PiL’s music and vision have earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound – fusing rock, dance, folk, pop and dub – Lydon guided the band from their debut album First Issue in 1978 through to 1992’s That What Is Not, before a 17-year hiatus. Lydon reactivated PiL in 2009, touring extensively worldwide and releasing two critically acclaimed albums, This is PiL in 2012, followed by their 10th studio album What The World Needs Now… in 2015, which peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim from both press and public. (The album also peaked at number 3 in the official UK indie charts and number 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). What The World Needs Now… was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label, ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution. In 2018 PiL celebrated their 40th anniversary with a career-spanning box set and documentary, both called ‘The Public Image Is Rotten’.

John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth and Bruce Smith continue as PiL. They are the longest stable line-up in the band’s history and continue to challenge and thrive.

Track Listing
1. Penge
2. End Of The World
3. Car Chase
4. Being Stupid Again
5. Walls
6. Pretty Awful
7. Strange
8. Down On The Clown
9. Dirty Murky Delight
10. The Do That
11. L F C F
12. North West Passage
13. Hawaii

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PiL will be touring the UK and Europe in September and October 2023 – dates below.

UK Tour Dates

Fri 8th Sept – Sheffield – Leadmill

Sat 9th Sept – Leeds – The Woollen Mill

Mon 11th Sept – Swansea – Patti Pavillion

Tue 12th Sept – Margate – Dreamland

Wed 13th Sept – Lincoln – Engine Shed

Fri 15th Sept – Blackburn- King Georges Hall

Sat 16th Sept – Buckley – Tivoli

Mon 18th Sept – Sunderland – Fire Station

Tue 19th Sept – Scotland – Aberdeen Beach Ballroom-

Thurs 21st Sept – Edinburgh – O2 Academy

Fri 22nd Sept – Manchester – O2 Ritz

Sat 23rd Sept – Holmfirth – Picture Dome

Mon 25th Sept – Coventry – HMV

Tues 26th Sept – Brighton – CHALK

Thurs 28th Sept – Bristol – O2 Academy

Fri 29th Sept – Torquay – Foundry

Sat 30th Sept – London – The Forum

Europe Tour Dates

Mon 2nd Oct – Germany – Cologne – Kantine

Wed 4th Oct – The Netherlands – Amsterdam – Paradiso

Thurs 5th Oct – Belgium – Gent -Vooruit

Fri 6th Oct – Germany Stuttgart Im Wireman

Sun 8th Oct – Germany – Hamburg – Gruenspan

Mon 9th Oct – Sweden – Gothenburg – Pustervik

Tues 10th Oct – Sweden – Stockholm – Nalen

Thurs 12th Oct Estonia – Tallin – Helitehas

Fri 13th Oct – Finland – Helsinki – Ääniwalli

Sun 15th Oct – Germany – Berlin – Metropol

Mon 16th Oct – Czech Republic – Prague – Lucerna Music Bar

Tues 17th Oct – Czech Republic – Brno – Fléda club

Fri 20th Oct – Spain – Madrid – Shoko

Sat 21st Oct – Spain – Barcelona – Salamandra

Sun 22nd Oct – Spain Bilbao – Cafe Antzokia

Tues 24th Oct – Portugal – Porto Hard Club

Wed 25th Oct – Portugal – Lisbon LAV

Fri 27th Oct – France – Paris – Le Trianon

Sun 29th Oct – Switzerland – Lausanne – Les Docks

Mon 30th Oct – Italy – Milan – Magazzini Generali

Tues 31st Oct – France – Strasbourg – La Laiterie


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