An up-tempo gallop into the brighter months of the year comes via The Boo Radleys, who release their ode to beer-sodden romantic misadventure, How Was I To Know? Ahead of the summer release of their eighth studio album, Eight. Setting lead singer Simon ‘Sice’ Rowbottom at the heart of the story of infatuation gone wrong amidst the foam and fumes of a heavy session, the legendary British genre-hoppers aim for the indie-pop bullseye and don’t miss.
Prior to famously hitting the upper reaches of the UK charts with 1995’s radio-friendly staple, Wake Up Boo! and signing themselves into music history forever, The Boo Radleys journey through alt-rock, shoegaze and the grey areas in-between denoted them as a curious anomaly amongst critics and fans. With summer’s 30th Anniversary reissue of their landmark 1993 album, Giant Steps taking the band back to those adventurous years and the new album, Eight, released on Fri 9 June 2023, revealing the playful freedoms in the reformed three-piece’s songwriting, the rich, stuttering story of The Boo Radleys winds intriguingly through time.
With little to lose from laying it all on the line, the current line-up of The Boo Radleys, including Sice, bassist Tim Brown and drummer Rob Cieka turn to more jovial matters on How Was I To Know? having dealt earnestly with hate and discrimination on their last single, Now That’s What I Call Obscene. Joining their expected magic with melody with meaningful messages for most of Eight’s 13 tracks, as they did with their heavyweight 2022 album, Keep On With Falling, their latest release, and the album’s closer finds the fun in foolishness.
Brown says of the single: “A bag of nails, guitars and synths driven through Sice’s drunken shenanigans!”
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The Boo Radleys live return was celebrated by both the band and their loyal fans when they took to the road for the first time in more than two decades in late 2021, taking in intimate venues across the UK. Kicking off with a SOLD-OUT warm-up date at Reading’s South Street Arts Centre on Tue 13 June, the band takes to the road in a seven-date tour devoted to Giant Steps before another ‘greatest hits and more’ tour with friends and fellow John Peel-endorsed indie heroes, Cud happens in October and November.
All of The Boo Radleys’ live dates for 2023 currently announced and on sale are as follows:
Tue 13 June – Reading, South Street Arts Centre – SOLD OUT
Wed 14 June – London, The Garage
Thu 15 June – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
Fri 16 June – Birkenhead, Future Yard
Thu 22 June – Dublin, The Grand Social
Fri 23 June – Belfast, The Limelight
Sun 25 June – Glasgow, Hug and Pint – EVENING SOLD OUT – MATINEE ADDED
Sat 28 October – Manchester, Bread Shed w/Cud
Sun 29 October – Liverpool, O2 Academy 2 w/Cud
Mon 30 October – Sheffield, O2 Academy 2 w/Cud
Tue 31 October – Birmingham, O2 Institute 2 w/Cud
Thu 2 November – Bristol, The Fleece w/Cud
Fri 3 November – Oxford, O2 Academy 2 w/Cud
Sat 4 November – London, O2 Academy Islington w/Cud
Tickets for all dates can be found via links available at https://www.thebooradleys.com
Eight was announced at the start of the year with The Boo Radleys first new music of 2023, Seeker, a song dedicated to the necessity of having someone by your side through good times and bad. They followed up quickly with The Unconscious, which found Sice singing about his disastrous encounter with psychoanalysis.
The restored, three-piece Boo Radleys have worked towards a new vision of the band, formed around the songwriting ideas of each member, since first remaking contact with each other on artistic terms in 2019. Having originally experienced the boom of Creation Records’ 90’s era of big budgets and residential recording studios, the band has embraced complete independence and technological advances to reconnect creatively and push efficiently onwards. Although currently not a member of the band, The Boo Radleys acknowledge and pay tribute to their original guitarist and songwriter, Martin Carr, during live performances.