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Primal Scream announce new album, Beautiful Future

Primal Scream

Story by Jack Foley

PRIMAL Scream have announced details of their latest album, Beautiful Future, their ninth studio album and their first for B-Unique.

The bulk of the album was produced by Björn Yttling [Peter, Björn and John] and Paul Epworth (Bloc Party), including the first single Can’t Go Back, which is out on July 14th.

The album features guest collaborations from Lovefoxx of CSS, Josh Homme from Queens Of the Stone Age and folk legend Linda Thompson.

The band promise a heady mix of genre crunching on the new album, taking in Philly soul, dark electro, accelerated rock ‘n’ roll riffs and pure British pop – all with that particular Scream edge.

Frontman Bobby Gillespie explains: “If you hear this new record of ours from start to finish and you hear all the different sounds and styles and moods, atmospheres and instrumentation that we use, it’s different from the last record and different from the record before that.

“You know, there’s not one set Primal Scream song where it’s verse-bridge-chorus-middle-eight. But this album is more like a pop record, more like classic songwriting.”

Highlights look set to include the single, Can’t Go Back, which is the
kind of high energy rock ‘n’ roll the band excel at, all kinetic drum beats
and scuzzy guitar riffs, everything moving at methamphetamine rate.

Elsewhere, there’s a duet with CSS’ Lovefoxxx, called I Love To Hurt (You Love To Be Hurt) and a duet of Fleetwood Mac’s Over And Over with legendary British folk singer Linda Thompson.

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme contributes guitar to the album’s closing track Necro Hex Blues.

London fans can catch Primal Scream and hear new tracks at their June 25 gig at the Royal Festival Hall, while they’re also playing Hop Farm on July 6 and T In The Park on July 13.

Beautiful Future is released on July 21, 2008.