MANC indie veterans James have finally confirmed details of their comeback album.
The sextet, whose triumphant return to the fray culminated with last April’s sell out show at the M.E.N. Arena , will release their first LP of new material on April 7.
Entitled Hey Ma, the six-piece’s 10th studio LP features 11 new tracks and a controversial sleeve of a baby reaching for a gun.
On the record guitarist Larry Gott had this to say on the band’s official website : “Yes, we know that some of your faves aren’t there, and you will no doubt moan about the ones that got away, but the process of making a James album is a strange and mysterious one that even baffles us at times.
“Some of them will return no doubt, and some will be available as a limited special treat.”
Hey Ma is the band’s first since 2001’s Pleased To Meet You – flamboyant singer Tim Booth quit soon after its release.
Gott added: “The album has been a wonderful, and at times very intense, journey. I assure you that now it is out of the way our main priority is to wake up the designers and roll it out in the next couple of weeks.”
The band, who showed just how imbedded they were in the public’s affections when their 1998 ‘Best Of’ shot to number one in 1998, announced their return on Booth’s official website at the start of last year – a subsequent arena tour sold out in a matter of hours and fans have been eager to see just what direction the new material will take them in.
A theatre tour has been confirmed for April, with Blackpool Empress Ballroom on April 22, the closest to a hometown date.
If the record receives a healthy response though, don’t bet against hearing the anthemic opening chimes of Come Home in Manchester again later this year.