Following the release of last month’s single “Right Side Of Heartbreak (Wrong Side Of Love),” The Waterboys released today the video for “Where The Action Is,” the title track and new single from their forthcoming album out May 24th via Cooking Vinyl.
“It began as a kind of mixtape album that I was going to put out almost privately,” Waterboys founder and frontman Mike Scott told Billboard. “After I finished the last record I had a number of instrumentals left over, and I started playing with those and putting vocals over them. Then a couple of them turned into actual songs and little by little what began as a mash-up mixtape record turned into a regular Waterboys record of serous songs.”
The title for “Where The Action Is” was inspired by the chorus of Robert Parker’s 1960s mod / northern soul classic “Let’s Go Baby”. The track’s update – with new lyrics by – is a cyclone of a song, all storming drums, skyscraping guitar solos played by Steve Wickham on his fuzzboxed-up violin, and wild soulful female vocals provided by the band’s fabulous Jess Kavanagh and Zeenie Summers.
It’s an exciting introduction to a 10-song, genre-defying album that is itself a testament to the enduring talents of Mike Scott and his band. One of the finest British songwriters of the past four decades, Scott’s songs have been covered and/or recorded by artists including Prince, who crafted two different arrangements of the classic “The Whole Of The Moon”, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Steve Earle, and Ellie Goulding, who had a number three hit in 2013 with “How Long Will I Love You”.
Diverse in breadth, Where The Action Is is an album of incredible songwriting, experimentation and musical brilliance. It will excite Waterboys fans and new converts alike.
Watch “Where The Action Is” – BELOW:
May 19 – Millenium Forum, Derry, UK
May 20 – Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK
May 22 – The Forum, Bath, UK
May 23 – The Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, UK
May 24 – Roundhouse, London, UK
May 25 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
May 27 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK
May 28 -Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK
May 29 – Sage, Gateshead, UK
June 27 – Auditori de Burjassot, Valencia, Spain
June 29 – Plataforma de Gredos, Avila, Spain
June 30 – Noches Del Botanico, Madrid, Spain
Aug 8 – Cropredy Festival, Oxford, UK
Sept 5 – Skye Live Festival, Isle of Skye, UK
Sept 6 – Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK
Sept 7 – Glasgow Barrowland, Glasgow, UK