After more than a decade without an official release, Big Country is back with the new record, The Journey (via Cherry Red Records), which landed at #68 on the UK charts its first week out. The aptly titled album comes on the heels of a veracious two-year tour during which the legendary Scottish rockers performed at many of the UK and Europe’s most prestigious festivals, including Isle of Wight, V, T In The Park and Oxegen. But even amongst all the successes and accolades, the release of this ninth studio album is their first since the sad and untimely death of lead singer and songwriter Stuart Adamson in December 2001.
Now, the group is at the start of new era. Guitarist and founding member Bruce Watson officially invited Mike Peters — of The Alarm — to join them as lead vocalist, and in addition, the group added Simple Minds‘ Derek Forbes — who was recently voted Best Scottish Bass Player of all time — on bass. This new crew, flanked by Mark Brzezicki on drums and Jamie Watson on guitar, is currently touring across the UK and Ireland. Make sure to mark you calendars accordingly.
If you’re unfamiliar with the infectious sounds of Big Country, here’s a little backstory for you. The group formed in 1981, has released seven Top 30 albums during their historic career, sold millions of records, and toured the globe with their captivating live show. But for the new album, the band did something quite unconventional, recording in an old Cold War nuclear bunker in the Welsh border town of Wrexham. The studio had 8-feet thick walls and no phone or internet signal — talk about a truly isolating and productive experience.
Feel free to nab a copy of the band’s bunker-recorded album, The Journey, over on iTunes. In the meantime, you can listen to and watch the music video for the first single “Hurt” on the band’s YouTube channel, and below. It’s a powerful track accompanied by emotional visuals. Catch the remaining April tour dates for the group after the jump!
Big County Tour Dates in the UK & Ireland:
25/04/2013 — Norwich, Waterfront
26/04/2013 — Reading, Sub 89
27/04/2013 — Dublin, The Academy
28/04/2013 — Belfast, Limelight 1
02/06/2013 — London, The Forum