LIVERPOOL’S upbeat popsters Red Rum Club are gonna be swinging into autumn with a new album, in which the sextet are gonna unveil a dastardly plan couched in well-turned tunesmithery – How To Steal The World. Top hats, twizzling ‘taches and some bloody decent tunes.
Wanna hear a first single? Good-o, because “Nightcalling” is with us right now, a brass-stinging, choppy funk guitar nugget ripe for an underlit dancefloor and heavy red drapes, gazing across the Mersey towards Miami.
There’s a wishfulness for bonding in the groove, a celebration of anxiety; and, as the video depicts, a little nightmarish anxiety as lead singer Fran playing out a worst-case scenario: his lover with another man, all on a late-night drive in a 1974 Ford Granada.
Fran says: “’Nightcalling’ brings disco hooks for the dancefloor that we’re aching to jump onto together. While the club doors remain shut, it should be enjoyed blaring out of car speakers, cruising by on a late-night drive.
“The track is an energetic and cocky perspective of new love and the irrepressible excitement that accompanies it.”
And with that album ready to roll and the live scene returning, the band have lined up a massive string of British dates for the summer and beyond.
They’ll be starting in August with a run in support of Circa Waves, as follows:
Tuesday, August 10th, Cardiff, The Tramshed;
Wednesday, August 11th, Leicester, O2 Academy;
Friday, August 13th, Stoke-on-Trent, Keele University Students’ Union;
Saturday, August 14th, Liverpool Guild of Students;
Tuesday, August 17th, Glasgow, O2 Academy;
Thursday, August 19th, Norwich, The Waterfront, and
Friday, August 20th, London Brixton Academy.
The band then have two festival appearances – on Sunday, September 5th, at Warrington’s The Neighbourhood Weekender and also on Friday, September 10th at Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival, before a fortnight with their feet up and finally embarking on a series of headline shows through the autumn, the dates for which are as follows:
Tuesday, September 28th, Newcastle, Riverside;
Wednesday, September 29th, Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut;
Thursday, September 30th, Hull, Adelphi;
Friday, October 1st, Blackpool, Bootleg Social;
Saturday, October 2nd, Liverpool, Sound City;
Sunday, October 3rd, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club;
Monday, October 4th, York, The Crescent;
Tuesday October 5th, London, King’s Cross, Lafayette;
Wednesday, October 6th, Milton Keynes, The Craufurd Arms;
Friday, October 8th, Bedford, Esquires;
Saturday, October 9th, Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach;
Sunday, October 10th, Brighton Patterns;
Monday, October 11th, Bournemouth, The Anvil;
Wednesday, October 13th, Bristol, Thekla;
Thursday, October 14th, Truro, The Old Bakery;
Friday, October 15th, Exeter, Cavern;
Saturday, October 16th, Oxford, O2 Academy;
Monday, October 19th, Birmingham, O2 Institute 3;
Tuesday, October 19th, Sheffield, O2 Academy 2;
Wednesday, October 20th, Huddersfield, The Parish;
Thursday, October 21st, Manchester, Club Academy, and finishing with
Saturday, October 23rd, Liverpool, Mountford Hall.
Red Rum Club’s How To Steal The World will be released by Modern Sky on Friday, October 22nd; pre-order your copy here.