Stereophonics today return with ‘Fly Like An Eagle’. The song is the first to be unveiled from forthcoming album ‘Kind’, released on October 25th via Parlophone Records.
Recorded in just eleven days at The Distillery, Wiltshire, ‘Kind’ was co-produced by Kelly Jones and George Drakoulias (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Screaming Trees, Primal Scream). The recording sessions used minimal studio techniques, overdubs or technology. This stripped back, raw approach to committing Kelly Jones’ songwriting to tape provides listeners with captivating and candid snapshots of one of the UK’s most enduring bands. The performances are led by Jones’ distinct and emotive vocals that reveal a raw vulnerability not yet heard. The results are an honest and hopeful album for our times, one that stands shoulder to shoulder with the band’s best work.
‘Fly Like An Eagle’ is a perfect first taster of ‘Kind’. An ode to endless possibility, it is the sound of a band exuding confidence in their craft as they allow the quality of songwriting and musicianship to take centre stage.
Kelly Jones says: ‘Our last gig of the world tour was September 2018, in Brooklyn - I was done, had written no songs, nothing new, I thought I felt like quitting for a while. Then, by November I had a load of songs that just came through me - lyrics just filling up pages, no crossings out, complete songs formed. They became a very open and, to be honest, a bunch of really vulnerable songs about things I hadn’t quite worked out for myself; the songs began to inform me, how I was feeling. I didn’t know or really mind if others wanted to hear them or like them, I just needed to get them out of me. So, when it came to an album, I wanted to just capture honest performances of them and we recorded the album in just 11 days. ‘Fly like an Eagle’ was one of the first I wrote and I feel it covers a lot of ground on the record and the line came, ‘Wanna fly like an eagle, and dare to be reborn’ - not in a religious sense, but it’s about changing and growth, and learning not relying on the comfort zones of your life. And as people we all morph into new and different versions of ourselves. We don’t have to stay the same.’
The accompanying video, an emotionally affecting coming-of-age tale, is also unveiled today. The video was shot by Charlotte Regan and stars Charlie Creed-Miles (Peaky Blinders). Watch the video below.
With an unparalleled longevity and continued success, Stereophonics are a band woven into the fabric of popular music. With ‘Kind’ Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters with an ability to sketch and capture truth and beauty from everyday observations as well as delving into his own life experiences. Having achieved six No.1 albums, ten Top 10 albums, twenty-three Platinum Sales Awards, 8.5 million albums sold in the UK alone, five BRIT Award nominations & one BRIT Award win, and still headlining arenas & festivals the world over to legions of dedicated fans, Stereophonics stand as undeniable giants of the current music scene.
‘Kind’ is released on 25th October 2019 on Parlophone Records.
Details of a forthcoming tour will be announced in the coming weeks.
‘Kind’ standard album tracklisting;
1. I Just Wanted The Goods
2. Fly Like An Eagle
3. Make Friends With The Morning
5. Hungover For You
6. Bust This Town
7. This Life Ain’t Easy (But It’s The One That We All Got)
8. Street Of Orange Light
9. Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day
10. Restless Mind