Welcome to New Music Friday, our weekly round-up of the best album releases. We pull together our five highlights from the UK album release calendar, featuring new music by the biggest, best and brightest acts hitting the road across the British Isles. Check back every week for more of our curated tips, from emerging talent to stadium veterans.
RELEASE OF THE WEEK: The Shires – Accidentally On Purpose
We kick off our New Music Friday with one of country music’s biggest releases this year. UK country-pop duo The Shires have been trailblazing the way for the genre in this country and making their mark in the US scene as well. Their new album Accidentally On Purpose also includes a co-write with none other than pop icon Ed Sheeran. Next month The Shires kick off a huge UK tour, and you won’t want to miss it. [Find Tickets][Buy album]
Cancer Bats – The Spark That Moves
Canadian hardcore metal punks Cancer Bats have dropped a surprise album today. The Spark That Moves marks the band’s sixth studio album. “We were just tired of waiting,” said frontman Liam Joseph Cormier. “We spent all of 2017 working hard on this album, all while playing shows and talking with our fans, who were constantly asking “when can we hear new music!?”. We figured why make anyone wait any longer, let’s just drop the entire new album all at once,” Cormier enthused. “I know as a fan, I just want to hear everything right away, let me buy the record right now! We figured, why not release our own music the way we want.” Next week Cancer Bats will be playing four shows at Camden’s Underworld where you can hear the new material live. [Find Tickets]
Brothers Osborne – Port Saint Joe
More country music this week is coming to you courtesy of duo Brothers Osborne. Port Saint Joe is your blast-out-loud summer tunes wrapped into country melodies. The first track opens with seaside sounds taking the listener right into the scene from the cover art. Next month you can hear the new album live as Brothers Osborne tour the UK. [Find Tickets][Buy album]
A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant
Eat The Elephant is supergroup A Perfect Circle’s first album in 14 years. On their 12-track effort the band is angrier than ever, in a good way. For the album, the band were joined by Smashing Pumpkin’s guitaris James Iha, Puscifer drummer Jeff Friedl and Eagles Of Death Metal bassist Matt McJunkins. In June, A Perfect Circle are plaing shows in London and Manchester with last remaining tickets on sale now. [Find Tickets][Buy album]
Black Stone Cherry – Family Tree
Rounding off our New Music Friday is Family Tree – the latest release from Kentucky hard rockers. Their sixth studio album showcases a more bluesy side of the band. “With this record, we didn’t concern ourselves with songs being heavy. We broke down all the barriers we’d put up ourselves — or that anyone else had put up in front of us — and just made a rock ‘n’ roll record.” Black Stone Cherry say about their new record. In June, the band will be heading to Donington Park for a set at this year’s Download Festival. [Find Tickets][Buy album]
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