Brighton 4 piece BLACK PEAKS make their return with the hugely anticipated sophomore album 'All That Divides', which is set for release on October 5th through Rise
Records/BMG. Produced by Adrian Bushby (Grammy Award Winner for Muse and Foo Fighters), a brand new single 'Home' is also released today, following on from its world exclusive
premier last night (Sunday June 3rd) on the Radio 1 Rock Show, which you can listen to - HERE
From BLACK PEAKS front man Will Gardner on the new single 'Home' - "We were writing the song against the backdrop of a lot of uncertainty with regards to personal and political identity. We were out on tour in Mainland Europe in mid-2016, during a period where we as British Citizens felt like decisions being made on behalf of our ‘Home’ did not represent us. There is a uneasy feeling of severance that happens when you are not physically at home during a time of transformation. Our feelings of disconnection and division from our country and it’s people, coupled with tour-fatigue and cabin fever, made for some of the most difficult times we have experienced, as a band, as friends, and as people."
Will Gardner on 'All That Divides' - "Lyrically at least, this album represents the fear of a future where freedom is restricted. Over the last two years, we as a band have been incredibly lucky to have been able to travel accross Europe and play our music. The fact this happened to take place during a period where various political changes, at home and abroad, made us focus a lot about the freedom and right to travel. We have seen people, families, relationships and countries divided by conflict and political upheaval, and our reaction to this is a core lyrical theme running through the album."
'All That Divides' is the follow up to the 2016 debut album 'Statues', which was universally acclaimed, saw the band play-listed on Radio 1 with 'Saviour' and tour accross Europe with the likes of Architects, Mastodon, System of a Down, Prophets of Rage and Dillinger Escape Plan.
Live wise, the band will also be on a full UK and European tour after album release, with some incredible supports in tow. ALL dates and supports are below:
BLACK PEAKS UK headline shows, support from Bossk and Gold Key:
Thu-Oct-11- Empire, Belfast - N IRE
Fri-Oct-12 - Grand Social, Dublin - Ireland
Sat-Oct-13 – Newcastle, Cluny
Sun-Oct-14 – Glasgow, King Tuts
Tue-Oct-16 – Leeds, Cockpit
Wed-Oct-17 – Manchester - Academy 3
Thu-Oct-18 – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
Fri-Oct-19 – London, Underworld
Sat-Oct-20 – Sheffield - Festiville - The Plug
Sun-Oct-21 – Worthing, Forty Two
Brighton 4 piece BLACK PEAKS make their hugely anticipated return with their brand new single 'Can't Sleep', which is released today, Monday March 12th through the bands new label Rise
Records ( At The Drive In, Pvris, Of Mice And Men). The single was given its world exclusive premier last night (Sunday March 11th) on the Radio 1 Rock Show, as its Rockest Record (track of the
week), and is the bands first new material in nearly 2 years.
Following a whirlwind couple of years promoting the incredible debut album 'Statues', BLACK PEAKS returned to the studio in December 2017, this time with multiple Grammy Award winning producer Adrian Bushby ( Foo Fighters, Muse, Dashboard Confessional, Everything Everything) at the helm, to record the follow up. 'Can't Sleep' is the first taster of that album, and gives a very strong indication of the growth of the bands sound as well as showcase their key sonic ingredients. This new single is also the first for new bass player Dave Larkin, who joined the band back in late 2017 following the departure of founding bass player, Andrew Gosden.
Of the single, vocalist Will Gardner explains: "The song was written in response to a very difficult time for the band and myself personally. Since writing 'Statues', our political environment has seen a big shift, and some extremely xenophobic and racist comments and actions have been aired in the media, at whom a lot of the anger and fire in these lyrics is directed. Whatever your view is politically, this song deals anxiety, paranoia and insomnia, all stemming from being swept along with a decision you do not agree with."
New boy Dave Larkin (bass) adds: "We haven't wasted any time since I joined the band - we were straight into writing and finishing off ideas for this album and it all came together
so naturally.. Getting into the studio with Ade (producer Adrian Bushby) was definitely the right decision for all of us - he has an incredible high-energy approach
to producing, and was just as hyped on everything as we were. We're all so proud of these songs - the end result is massive, Our first shows back are going to be in
May, with a few festivals and a support run with MARMOZETS which we’re over the moon about. They’re a band who we all respect, their new album is killer and we can’t think of a better way to start
getting some new music out into the world."
Clare Maxwell from Rise Records on signing the band: "We have been fans of BLACK PEAKS for a long time and are so excited to have them join the Rise Records family. ‘Can’t Sleep’ is just a small taster of what is still to come from this amazing band."
Live wise, following UK and European shows and tours in the last year with the likes of Deftones (at Wembley Arena as main support), Prophets of Rage, System of a Down, Dillinger Escape Plan, Architects, Bury Tomorrow and their own sell out, headline tours - the band will be playing a small selection of shows in May as support to MARMOZETS, to celebrate the release of 'Can't Sleep'. They are also already announced on this years Handmade Festival, 2000trees Festival, Teddy Rocks, Fat Lip Fest, ArcTanGent Festival and more. ALL current confirmed live dates are listed below:
Tue 01 ST ALBANS The Horn
Wed 02 ALDERSHOT West End Centre
Thu 03 BATH Moles
Fri 04 NORWICH Waterfront | with MARMOZETS
Sat 05 DORSET Teddy Rocks Festival
Sun 06 LEICESTER Handmade Festival
Mon 07 EXETER Lemon Grove | with MARMOZETS
Wed 09 NORTHAMPTON Roadmender | with MARMOZETS
Thu 10 COVENTRY Kasbah | with MARMOZETS
Fri 11 OXFORD Academy | with MARMOZETS
Thu 12 CHELTENHAM 2000 Trees Festival
Sat 28 BRISTOL Fat Lip Festival
Sat 18 BRISTOL ArcTanGent Festival
Sat 25 READING Festival
Sun 26 LEEDS Festival
Sat 01 NOTTINGHAM McMillan Festival @ Rescue Rooms
BLACK PEAKS are:
WILL GARDNER | vocals
JOE GOSNEY | guitars
LIAM KEARLEY | drums
DAVE LARKIN | bass