Released Friday 10th June 2016
CD, 180 gram Vinyl, Digital Download
“Albany Down is the new voice of British Rock music.
A blend of contemporary rock – with added brilliance on top.”
AD Recordings Ltd are pleased to announce the third studio album from British rock bandAlbany Down will be released on Friday 10th June 2016. The album will be available to pre-order from iTunes, Amazon, and from the band’s official website in the months leading up to release. Physical copies of the album will be available on CD and 180 gram vinyl.
London-based Albany Down are a contemporary rock band with influences ranging from classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Thunder to modern bands such as The Black Keys and Clutch. They combine a diapason of original songs with contemporary high energy rock.
Albany Down are Paul Muir on vocals, guitarist Paul Turley, drummer Donna Petersand bassist Billy Dedman and they have already recorded two albums with award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME, Super Furry Animals).
Blues Rock Review offered a fair assessment of both the band and their 2011 debut album: “South of the City” is a solid debut album from Albany Down and they will be an interesting band to watch develop in the coming years”. The album clearly showcased what the band are capable of – ranging from the superbly arranged “Mercy” to the low-down dirty, slide-led blues rock epic of the title track.
Their formidable second album, Not Over Yet (2013), is packed with quality songs, lingering melodies and great musicianship. And where vocalist Paul Muir could previously have been compared to the likes of Paul Rodgers, he stamps his own personality on this album, while guitarist Paul Turley produces a virtuoso impassioned performance. Traditionally a band’s second album is regarded as being problematical but Albany Down turned that notion on its head.
It is no surprise therefore that for their highly anticipated third album they turned once again to Greg Haver to produce their new opus The Outer Reach.
“The band have really stepped up in both their song writing and performance” says Greg, “The Outer Reach is their best album yet, and I’m really pleased with the result.” The album was recorded at Modern World Studios and features 11 original songs.
To coincide with the album release, the band have also recorded a new music video produced and directed by Andrew Merlino. The video features the first track on the album, the new single Feeding the Flame and reflects the theme of the album.
“The overall concept of the album is that the songs have a “trying and failing theme” and overcoming adversity” says singer Paul Muir. “The video portrays this concept vividly set in the near future where the band find themselves drawn to each other by fate, and embarking on a journey to freedom.”
“I really enjoyed working with the band on their first video I Won’t Wait (2011). However for this new video we wanted to do more than just a traditional music video of the band playing a song” says Andrew. “Feeding the Flame is a powerful track. It evokes passion, inspiration and rebelliousness. The sound is huge and cinematic, driving and hot blooded with a sense of continuously striving forward.”
With over 10,000 fans on Facebook, fans of Albany Down agree that their live show never disappoints. The band run on pure adrenalin, unrelenting energy and raw emotion and soon have any crowd entranced. The music is based on thunderous guitar riffs and pounding drums juxtaposed with soulful, soaring, emotionally-charged ballads.
Rock blogger Neil Mach probably got it right, when he described the band; “As hot as volcanic ash and yet as cool as snow slippers.”
Photo Credit: © Laurence Harvey
The Outer Reach reflects the band’s ambition and is a measure of a band on the up-escalator currently tearing up venues around the UK and Europe.
“The new album represents how far the band has come in terms of our song writing and live performances,” says lead singer Paul Muir. “Evolution happens slowly and you don’t always notice, then one day you look back and realise you’ve gone from swinging in trees to flying spaceships!”
THE OUTER REACH – TRACK BY TRACK
1. FEEDING THE FLAME
A song about addiction and compulsion. Repeatedly running back to something you can’t (or won’t) give up, no matter how much it keeps hurting you and the people around you.
2. DO YOU WANT ME NOW
A typical story of a couple that clearly have some kind of a connection, but the signals are mixed. It’s basically one person calling the other out to make a decision.
3. SUPERSONIC GIRL
In a funk style, this is about trying to keep up with a dynamic partner who can’t seem to sit still and just sweeps you away.
4. MR HANGMAN
A sequel to South of the City, Mr Hangman is about the wait before an old cowboy-style execution. It’s all about the regret that comes from not doing more with your life.
5. LIKE A BULLET
A song about obsessive love. Bittersweet because maybe you shouldn’t be together.
A semi-autobiographical tale about the desire to get back to the comforts of home when you’ve been away for a long time. I bet most bands can sympathise with this one!
This is about unhappiness at the way people are treated by governments and how the only way to change it is to stand up for what you believe in.
8. THE DROP
Just waiting for something to happen. While it’s a relationship that’s described in the lyrics, it was actually written with a video game in mind!
9. LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO ME
A double meaning here. Although it could easily be about a relationship, the lyrics were actually inspired by a particularly bad hangover!
10. I NEED YOU
An old school rock track. This is about leaving someone behind, regretting it and begging to be taken back.
11. SING ME TO SLEEP
This is about the desire to be with someone who makes everything in your life feel right. Whether that’s a partner, a parent or a sibling, this song celebrates togetherness.
ALBANY DOWN – THE OUTER REACH
2016 UK ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR
SOUTHAMPTON – TALKING HEADS
FRIDAY 6th MAY 2016
(SUPPORTING CORKY LAING)
Tickets: £12 / Book Online: http://talkingheads.vticket.co.uk
Talking Heads, 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2BN
FROME – BLUES RHYTHM & ROCK FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 8th MAY 2016
Tickets: £22 / Box Office: www.fromebluesfestival.co.uk
The Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Justine Laine, Frome, BA11 1BE
SCUNTHORPE – THE LINCOLN IMP
FRIDAY 3rd JUNE 2016
Tickets: £6 / Box Office: 01724 840 981
The Lincoln IMP, Gloucester Avenue, Scunthorpe, DN16 2DN
MILTON KEYNES – THE STABLES
FRIDAY 17th JUNE 2016
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 01908 280 800
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavedon, MK17 8LU
CLEETHORPES BLUES RHYTHM & ROCK FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 19th JUNE 2016
Tickets: £29 / Box Office: www.cleethorpesbluesfestival.co.uk
Pleasure Island, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0PL
CHISLEHURST – THE BEAVERWOOD CLUB
TUESDAY 21 JUNE 2016
Tickets: £10 / Box Office: 0208 761 9078
The Beaverwood Club, Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6HF
WHITEHAVEN – ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 12th AUGUST 2016
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: www.mightyboofpromotions.com
Copeland Stadium, Overend Road,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8SD
HARTLEPOOL UNITED SUPPORTERS CLUB
SATURDAY 13th AUGUST 2016
Tickets: £10 / Box Office: 07535 979 658
140 Sandringham Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS26 8PS