To mark the release of Merrie Land, the new album from The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Steve Lamacq will broadcast his entire BBC 6Music show live from Damon Albarn’s Studio 13 in West London on 21st November. The special three-hour show will see Steve talk to Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong about their new album Merrie Land, set for release on Friday 16th November.
The programme will also include interviews with guests who have worked at the studio over the past 10 years, where Albarn has written and recorded music with The Good, The Bad & The Queen; Blur; Gorillaz; Africa Express; among others. The show will culminate in a live performance by The Good, The Bad & The Queen of tracks from the new album.
December sees the band set out on tour for a run of UK shows, performing this collection of new songs live, for the very first time, in Blackpool, Glasgow and East London. Ahead of the tour, the band will play a total of three very special warm-up shows at two tiny working men’s clubs in the North East – Tynemouth CIU Club on 26th November and Cullercoats Crescent Club on 27th & 28th November – each with a capacity of less than 100.
About Merrie Land:
Following an eleven-year hiatus since their eponymous debut, the four musical storytellers are back with Merrie Land, which will be self-released on the newly created label Studio 13. Produced by Tony Visconti and The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Merrie Land contains 10 new songs – written during the current period in which the UK is preparing to leave the European Union – creating a reluctant good-bye letter, a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018.
– Merrie Land
– Gun to the Head
– Nineteen Seventeen
– The Great Fire
– Lady Boston
– Drifters & Trawlers
– The Truce of Twilight
– The Last Man to Leave
– The Poison Tree
ABOUT The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The Good, The Bad & The Queen began life as the acclaimed 2007 album of the same name, a heartfelt tribute to London described by The Observer in a 5-star review as –“One of the most surprising and magical records for which Damon Albarn has ever been responsible”. The record traced a journey from the English music hall tradition to West Africa and Afrobeat, zigzagging through the West Indies and its reggae and dub, back to England and London’s punk scene, all the while taking in a strand of British beat music from the ’50s right through to Britpop. The result was a record specific to a place and mood but with a background that was geographically wide-ranging.