Glastonbury rockers REEF follow the release of their brand new single ‘Shoot Me Your Ace’, which premiered on Chris Evans breakfast show on Virgin Radio last Friday, with news of their new album of the same name. Produced by former Duran Duran/ Power Station guitarist Andy Taylor, it will be released on April 15th, midway through the band’s UK headline tour.
REEF – now a five-piece featuring Gary Stringer on vocals, Jack Bessant on bass, Andy Taylor and Jesse Wood (son of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood) on guitars, and Luke Bessant, (ex-Bryan Ferry / KT Tunstall / Joe Strummer) on drums – bring together a remarkable array of talents who can justly lay claim to being a national rock’n’roll treasure.
And Shoot Me Your Ace showcases their talents in one of the most thrilling rock albums of recent years. From the title track’s swaggering opening salvo to rollercoaster closer ‘Strangelove’, Shoot Me Your Ace is a thrilling blast of unadulterated rock’n’roll joy. There’s plenty of colour and shade across its ten tracks, from the soaring ‘When Can I See You Again’ and the soul-powered of ‘I See Your Face’ to ‘Wolfman’s lupine rock’n’roll, there’s no let-up in its delivery.
Andy Taylor believes that Shoot Me Your Ace is one of the three defining albums of his entire career. “I’ve been looking to make a record like this for a long time,” Taylor enthuses. “I can’t love it enough. The chances you get in life to do something as great as this album don't come along very often, so when they do you just grab them.”
Not only did Taylor co-write and produce the 10 exhilarating songs that makeup Shoot Me Your Ace, he’s now a fully signed-up member of the band.
“Andy has this deep love of playing rock’n’roll music, and we had a chance to play with this amazing talent,” says vocalist Gary Stringer, who co-founded Reef with bassist Jack Bessant in their native Somerset more than 25 years ago.
“The universe has put all the pieces into place for us,” continues Bessant. “This line-up, these five guys, is just one big ball of energy that we managed to bottle. It feels like the start of a new chapter for us - Reef Mk II.”
This cosmic alchemy has resulted in a record that doesn’t just match such classic Reef albums as 1995 breakout debut Replenish or 1997’s transcendent Glow but exceeds them. After two years of uncertainty, despondency and gloom, it feels like an outpouring of positivity. As Gary Stringer puts it: “It’s the sound the world needs right now.”
SHOOT ME YOUR ACE – tracklisting
Shoot Me Your Ace
When Can I See You Again
Best Of Me
Hold Back The Morning
Everything Far Away
I See Your Face
REEF – Shoot Me Your Ace Tour
7th Newcastle University
8th Glasgow QMU
9th Manchester – O2 Ritz
14th Exeter – Phoenix
15th Cardiff – Tramshed
16th London – O2 Forum Kentish Town
21st Leeds – University Stylus
22nd Bristol – O2 Academy
23rd Birmingham – O2 Institute
28th Brighton – Chalk
29th – Southampton – Engine Rooms
30th – Norwich – UEA