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New album and Aberdeen gig for Stereophonics unveiled

By Alan Beresford

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STEREOPHONICS are to roar back with Hanging On Your Hinges, the first song to be unveiled from forthcoming album Oochya!.

Stereophonics have unveiled their new album Oochya!.
Stereophonics have unveiled their new album Oochya!.

The single is set to be released on March 4, 2022, 16 days before they are due to appear at Aberdeen’s P&J Live.

As the band celebrate their 25th year, Hanging On Your Hinges (listen here) is a gloriously unshackled palette cleanser for fans ahead of the multifaceted, Oochya!.

With distorted question-and-answer vocals and scuzzed up guitars, it’s a song that harks back to some of the band’s loudest moments, drawing on Kelly Jones’ love of garage rock. After 18 months of lockdown, Hanging On Your Hinges is an optimistic yet defiant howl as the band get back to doing what they do best.

Kelly Jones said: “Hanging On Your Hinges was influenced by my love of early ZZ Top and darker stuff like Masters of Reality and maybe some Iggy Pop too and probably nods back to Bartender and the Thief.

"It’s the song on this album that says Oochya! more than anything else, so it’s something we wanted the fans to hear first. Having done some really emotionally lead and introspective songs on the last album (Kind), we decided to come back with a bang this time, give the fans something to get a little loose to.

"The album title (Oochya!) was always a saying me and the band used in the studio to mean 'let’s have it, a blast of energy and optimism and that’s what we wanted to get across with Hinges.”

A short, sharp explosion of colour and defiant attitude, the album title is perfectly complemented with a pop art album cover, which has also been unveiled.

Pop art is a major feature of the new album cover.
Pop art is a major feature of the new album cover.

Oochya! follows Stereophonics’ previous album Kind, which went to Number One in the UK album charts in 2019, outselling nearest competitor Kanye West by over 10,000 copies. It became the band’s seventh UK number one album in the process. The release of Oochya’ will also see the Welsh rockers return to the road for what’s sure to be another eagerly anticipated sold out UK Arena tour.

Kicking off at Manchester Arena on March 18, 2022, the 11-date tour reaches the O2 London on April 1 and culminates at the Birmingham Resorts World Arena the day after.

Louise Stewart, Head of Entertainment, Exhibitions and Marketing at P&J Live commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Stereophonics back to P&J Live after an unbelievable night back in March 2020.

"The band are a very welcome addition to what is lining up to be an exciting 2022. I know the people of Aberdeen will give them a warm welcome back to this part of the world – we can’t wait to hear the crowds roar.”

Tickets are on sale Friday at https://stereophonics.com/tour/ while the album cam be pre-ordered at https://stereophonics.lnk.to/oochyaPR

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