The Proclaimers: Angry Cyclist – video/single and album news

On 10th August, Cooking Vinyl will release The Proclaimers’ first album since 2015’s Let’s Hear It For The Dogs.

Angry Cyclist finds The Proclaimers at the peak of their songwriting prowess. Instantly catchy hooks and melodies, trademark close harmonies, moving, as well as clever and subtle, biting lyrics, great arrangements with  production by Dave Eringa.

They’ve also  crafted a video to go with the release. Conceived and directed by  Rianne White and set in a dystopian world, the video expounds on the message in the song – a dark interpretation of angry cyclists plugge dinto a machine and overloaded with evocative imagery of current and ongoing issues. Not the usual type of Sunshine On Leith cheeriness  you’d expect from Craig and Charlie.

The title track is also the first single. Strings soundtrack a song full of Craig and Charlie’s impassioned vocals and a lyrical metaphor about the reactionary and bigoted times we live in. Their sharp, coruscating and dry observations continue on songs such as Looted, a song about the theft of the British Empire, and Classy, which takes a wry look at the ludicrous strata of the British class system.

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The Proclaimers have always been politically and socially aware artists. On many of the Angry Cyclist songs they further skewer the hypocrisy and inequities that they see around them yet the album remains incredibly positive, hopeful and optimistic: the vitality and passion easily putting artists half their age, or younger, in the shade.

Angry Cyclist will be available on CD, LP, digital download and streaming services.

The Proclaimers are back out live from July through to December this year. As they head for a sell-out 47 shows in the UK, in Scotland they sold out 30,000 tickets in 20 minutes of going on sale. September sees The Proclaimers on a coast-to-coast 13-date tour of Canada.

The Proclaimers’ website is here

They are  also on Facebook and Twitter

THE PROCLAIMERS LIVE 2018

JULY

21 Chalfest Stroud SOLD OUT

22 Llandudno Venue Cymru SOLD OUT

27 Carfest North

28 Carlisle Sands Centre SOLD OUT

29 Scarborough Spa Grand Hall

AUGUST

02 Ayr Town Hall SOLD OUT

03 Dunoon Queens Hall SOLD OUT

04 Oban Corrans Hall SOLD OUT

11 Bournemouth Pavilion

12 Lakefest Eastnor Castle Ledbury

22 Isle Of Man Villa Marina Royal Hall

24 Carfest South

25 Towersey Festival Thame

OCTOBER

10 Cardiff St Davids Hall

11 Norwich Theatre Royal SOLD OUT

13 Blackburn KGH

14 Liverpool Empire

16 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

17 York Barbican SOLD OUT

18 Newcastle City Hall SOLD OUT

20 Hull City Hall

21 Sheffield City Hall

23 Leicester de Montfort Hall

24 Southend Cliffs Pavilion

25 Portsmouth Guild Hall

27 Bath Forum

28 Brighton Dome

29 Birmingham Symphony Hall

31 Cambridge Corn Exchange SOLD OUT

NOVEMBER

01 London Palladium

02 Coventry WAC

04 Manchester Opera House

09 Edinburgh Playhouse SOLD OUT

10 Edinburgh Playhouse SOLD OUT

15 Dunfermline Alhambra SOLD OUT

16 Glasgow Academy SOLD OUT

17 Glasgow Academy SOLD OUT

22 Perth Concert Hall SOLD OUT

23 Inverness Leisure Centre SOLD OUT

24 Aberdeen BHGE Arena SOLD OUT

29 Ipswich Regents Theatre

30 Basingstoke Anvil SOLD OUT

DECEMBER

01 Hastings White Rock

07 Belfast Ulster Hall SOLD OUT

08 Dublin Vicar Street SOLD OUT

13 Motherwell Town Hall SOLD OUT

14 Stirling Albert Hall SOLD OUT

15 Dundee Caird Hall SOLD OUT

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Feature by Mike Ainscoe. You can find more of Mike’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive. He can be found on Facebook and his website is www.michaelainscoephotography.co.uk

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