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Public Image announce first new material for 20 years
Public Image announce first new material for 20 years

”ËœPublic Image Ltd’ confirm their first new material in 20 years with the release of will the EP ”ËœOne Drop’ which will be released for ”ËœRecord Store Day’ on April 21st

This will be followed by the album ”ËœThis Is PiL’ on May 28th
Ton the band’s own label ”ËœPiL Official’
There is also a gig anounnced

-PiL live at Brighton Concorde August 16th- Sold out-
-2nd date at Brighton Concorde added August 15th-

Public Image Ltd can confirm that a 4 track ”ËœEP’ entitled ”ËœOne Drop’ is set to be released for ”ËœRecord Store Day’ on April 21st, marking their first new material for 20 years. The 4 track ”ËœEP’ is taken from the forthcoming album ”ËœThis Is PiL’ released on May 28th. (EP track listing revealed below)

Both the new EP and album is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL’s own label ”ËœPiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution. All the new material was recorded in the UK last year at Steve Winwood’s studio in the Cotswolds.

PiL were recently confirmed as special guests at BBC Radio 6 birthday celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London March 16th where they will be performing live, including some new tracks. With their show at The Brighton Concorde on August 16th sold out, a second date has been added at the venue on August 15th.

Lead track ”ËœOne Drop’ from the EP of the same name was given an exclusive airing by Steve Lamacq on his BBC 6 show last week. John Lydon describes the track as-

“One Drop is a reflection of where I grew up in Finsbury Park, London. The area that shaped me, and influenced me culturally and musically, a place I will forever feel connected to. But within this I am also saying it doesn’t matter where you come from, we all go through the same emotions especially the disenchanted youth of today, yesterday and the future. Bearing in mind the Olympics are in London this year and who knows what that could bring for London and our country”¦.”
Full track listing for the EP
Ӣ One Drop
Ӣ I Must Be Dreaming
Ӣ The Room I Am In
Ӣ Lollipop Opera

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 Singles and 5 UK Top 20 Albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound John Lydon guided the band from their debut album ‘First Issue’ in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’, before a 17 year hiatus.  John then resurrected PiL in 2009 playing live worldwide. Now after 20 years yet another new and unique chapter is set to unfold in the shape of new PiL material.

Public Image Ltd live line up / wrote and recorded the new material

John Lydon- After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978.  Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses.
Lu Edmonds- Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album Happy? and co-writing the album ”Ëœ9′ adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.

Bruce Smith- Former drummer in The Pop Group and The Slits became percussionist for PiL also in 1986 playing and recording on the albums Happy? and ”Ëœ9′. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce Smith brought his unique style into the fold.

Scott Firth- A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn, and Elvis Costello.

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  1. Johnnie has great taste in musicians. can’t say enough about the drummer – love these songs – love these guys live. go johnnie go


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