Hope is the preserve of the foolish and the brave, the light at the end of the tunnel and the ball and chain that leaves reality inescapable. Hope, the new album by Welsh pop-bruisers The Blackout, is just that – except it sounds killer at ear-bleeding volume.
“The title came up a lot when we were looking through the lyrics,” says Sean Smith, “and we saw the recurring theme of the double meaning.”
“It’s a strong emotion,” agrees Gavin Butler, “because the word itself has sadness to it. But the album is about pushing forward and keeping your head high.”
Hope, produced by Jason Perry, is the work of a band re-energised. Having taken matters into their own hands and enlisting the help of the ‘Riot Squad’, the band funded the recording of this, their third album via Pledge, which in turn opened new doors in terms of labels.
Having signed with Cooking Vinyl (Prodigy, Marilyn Manson) on a worldwide deal at the beginning of 2011, The Blackout are looking forward to leaping to the next level with a label that shares their independent-minded philosophy and one which was enthusiastic about Hope from the very beginning.
HOPE track listing is as follows:
AMBITION IS CRITICAL / NEVER BY YOUR SIDE / HIGHER & HIGHER / HOPE (SCREAM IT OUT LOUD) / THIS IS OUR TIME / THE LAST GOODBYE / NO MORE WAIITNG / THE DEVIL INSIDE / YOU’RE NOT ALONE / KEEP ON MOVING / THE STORM
The Blackout will be unleashing their Welsh wrath once more on a sixteen-date UK tour. Supports slots, both from the US, come in the shape of Fueled By Ramens The Swellers and hip hop’s new boy on the UK circuit Hyro Da Hero, who also appears on the single Higher & Higher, due for release on 28 March.
Higher & Higher has already been called The Hottest Record in the World by Zane Lowe, in fact he loves it so much that he played it on his show twice in one night.
The Blackout will play Norwich Waterfront on Sunday 10th April 2011.