Cast have confirmed that they will officially release ‘Troubled Times’, their first new album for 10 years, on 20th February 2012.

The album will be released during the band’s 20th anniversary year, two decades after they formed in 1992. ”˜Troubled Times’ will be preceded by a single, ‘See That Girl’, slated for 19th December and will be promoted by a full UK tour. The album is being released via Pledge Music, so Cast are able to nominate a charity to benefit from the sales of the album – if you are not familiar with how Pledge Music please visit the website.

The band’s original line-up; John Power, Liam ”˜Skin’ Tyson, Pete Wilkinson and Keith O’Neill and producer John Leckie are behind ‘Troubled Times’. Cast initially split in 2001 following the release of their fourth album ‘Beetroot’.

John Power has spoken about the band reuniting, saying:
Getting back with the band and working with John Leckie again after all these years apart was just how I envisioned it when I started writing the songs for this album. Then it was all about putting into words what it was I was feeling, about all the things I was seeing all around me and troubled times is what we found.

The ‘Troubled Times’ tracklisting is:

‘Bow Down’
‘Troubled Thoughts’
‘The Sky’s Got A Gaping Hole’
‘See That Girl’
‘Not Afraid Of The World’
‘Silver And Gold’
‘Bad Waters’
‘Hold On Tight’
‘About A Girl’
‘Brother Fighting Brother’
‘Time Bomb’
‘Tear It Apart (All Over Again)’

Cast play Middlesbrough Empire (15th December), Dunfermline Glen Pavillion (16th) and Coventry Kasbah (17th).

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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