One of my all-time fave bands – The Charlatans UK – Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Martin Blunt and Tony Rogers – release their twelfth album, Modern Nature on BMG Chrysalis on April 21st in North America.
MODERN NATURE features eleven new tracks, including the limited edition 7” singles and 6 Music A List records “Talking In Tones” and “So Oh”, as well as the single “Come Home Baby”. The album was produced by The Charlatans and Jim Spencer and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead). The album features a cacophony of contributors from their three temporary drummers – Pete Salisbury of The Verve, Stephen Morris of New Order and Gabriel Gurnsey of DFA’s avant-disco group Factory Floor, to Kate Bush’s backing singers Melanie Marshall and Sandra Marvin, strings by Sean O’ Hagan and brass courtesy of Dexys’ Big Jim Paterson.
Q have already described the album as “ one the finest of their career”, while the Guardian have called it “a triumph”.
The album comes after a difficult year for the band following the death from brain cancer of their old friend and drummer Jon Brookes last year. The band were determined to carry on with the making of the album to honor Brookes’ memory.
Modern Nature will be available on cd, vinyl, deluxe cd and download. The tracklisting for the album is as follows; Talking In Tones/So Oh/Come Home Baby/Keep Enough/Tall Grass/Emilie/Let The Good Times Be Never Ending/Need You To Know/Lean In/Trouble Understanding/Lot To Say
The live shows in March will be The Charlatans’ first full UK tour since 2010. Pete Salisbury (The Verve) who plays on much of the album will be drumming on the dates.
Let’s leave the last word with The Quietus……
“In Modern Nature, The Charlatans have achieved that rare feat of making a gigantic step forward without losing what made them so special in the first place.”
Mar 03 Bristol, UK @ Academy Bristol
Mar 05 Manchester, UK @ The Albert Hall SOLD OUT
Mar 06 Manchester, UK @ The Albert Hall SOLD OUT
Mar 07 Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds SOLD OUT
Mar 09 Hull, UK @ Hull University
Mar 10 Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Barrowlands SOLD OUT
Mar 11 Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Barrowlands
Mar 13 Wolverhampton, UK @ Woverhampton Civic Hall
Mar 14 Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy Leicester SOLD OUT
Mar 15 Worthing, UK @ Worthing Pavilion Theatre
Mar 16 London, UK @ London Roundhouse SOLD OUT
Mar 19 Tokyo, Japan @ O-East Tokyo
Mar 22 Taipei, Taiwan @ Neo Studio
Mar 25 Osaka, Japan @ Club Quattro
Jul 24 Sheffield, UK @ Tramlines Festival
“Talking In Tones” Video:
“So Oh” Video:
“Come Home Baby” Video: