Thursday, July 17, 2014

James Return With 'La Petite Mort' Out September 16, 2014


"There are precious few 32-year-old bands who still feel this fresh" - The Independent

"uplifting celebrations of lives well lived" - Uncut Magazine
UK’s finest Manchester band James are making a welcomed return with their impressive new album ‘La Petite Mort’, which hits stores nationwide and all digital platforms on September 16th via BMG.

Formed in 1982 and first signed to the infamous Factory RecordsJames are, without doubt, one of the UK’s most influential Brit-pop bands of our time. With a prestigious career that spans over 30 years and includes 12 studio albums and 12 millions records sold worldwide, James hold countless notable musicians as fans who speak highly of the their artistry and songwriting, including Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry who claims their 1994 release Wah Wah "changed how I listened to music. And expanded my idea of what collective/group artistic processes could be."
The band's critically acclaimed and Brian Eno produced album "Laid" was their highest charting release in the U.S. debuting in the Billboard Top 200 in 1993, since then they have gone onto release classic hits such as ‘Born of Frustration’, ‘Laid’, 'Sit Down, ‘Say Something’, ‘She’s A Star’, ‘SometimesCome Home and ‘Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)’, and continue to write astoundingly great music to this day.

  The band's stunning new album (already hailed as one of the "Best Albums of 2014" so far by The Guardian) ‘La Petite Mort’ was produced by Max Dingel (Killers, Muse, White Lies) and was written by the band, with chief lyricist and front-man Tim Booth’s captivating and heartfelt lyrics, ranking this new full-length as one of their finest in their impressive 30 year career.

Despite the album’s cheerful and uplifting sound, ‘La Petite Mort’ was recorded in the months following the passing of Tim Booth’s mother and his best friend. Many of the songs deal with facing mortality (hence the album title), but in true James form -- much like some of the greatest Manchester story-tellers (Morrissey, Guy Garvey, Ian Brown, Richard Ashcroft) -- they also deal with the realness of life (and death), with lyrical poignancy, wit and a charm that has become their trademark.

The current lead single ‘Moving On’ is a true testament to the band's ability to continually create outstanding music. The simple but incredibly moving animated short film that serves as the single's video was created by esteemed BAFTA award-winning animator and director Ainslee Henderson. “My Mother's death was clearly a birth of some kind and that description caught Ainslie's imagination” explains Booth. Watch the video here.

Famed for their live performances, the band recently embarked on an extensive European tour, performing at all the leading festivals and kicked things off with a huge homecoming gig at Manchester's Summer in the City this week.
James are: Tim Booth (vocals), Jim Glennie (bass), Larry Gott (guitars), Saul Davies (guitar, violin), Mark Hunter (keyboards), David Baynton-Power (drums) and Andy Diagram (trumpet).

OUT 09/16/14

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