LIVERPOOL band The Zutons have confirmed a gig at Birkenhead's Future Yard ahead of their first new album for 16 years. 

The multi-platinum selling band released three studio albums between 2004 and 2008, scoring nine UK Top 40 singles including two Top 10s with Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love? and the all- conquering Valerie, which later became a triple-platinum hit when covered by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse.

The reformed band's new album, The Big Decider, is out on April 26 and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with legendary songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, alongside the band's original producer Ian Broudie, of the Lightning Seeds.

According to a press release, Dave McCabe (guitar, lead vocals), Abi Harding (saxophone, vocals) and Sean Payne (drums, vocals), wrote the new album "against the backdrop of a decade and a half’s worth of lived experience."

It continued: "It is born under the weight of family tragedies, lives lost and created, reality checks, and home truths faced up to and stared down.

"Wrestled into shape under the kind of steam that only decades-long friendships - with all their messy fall-outs, make-ups, breakdowns and ultimately love - can muster, The Big Decider became the sound of water passing under the bridge, and love for music, love for each other, and love for creating together becoming the most important thing of all."

The pandemic seemingly fast-tracked the process of the band’s next phase with McCabe’s subsequent time in rehab sparking a turning point in the positivity of the new album and the joyful experience of putting it together.

Harding said: “Dave has been through an awful lot in the last few years, and these things have obviously really impacted him.

"But his song writing has only got better. Now he spends more time on his songs. He’s in touch with his own and others’ emotions, and that all goes into the songs. It has been so nice to watch him grow. I’m so proud of him.”

McCabe said: “Working with Nile was just an amazing experience, he gave me a confidence that I’ve never felt before making a record. He’s very laid-back as a person and a good listener.

"On the song Disappear , I wrote a spoken word piece about The Zutons travelling the stars and galaxies asking the most powerful question in the universe, 'Why?'. I asked Nile if he’d read it out over the top of the end section of the song, thinking he’d just say no. But he jumped in the vocal booth with his chain around his neck and his sunglasses on and did about 20 different takes, all in different styles of himself. It was mind-blowing!

"It was as though he really does travel around the universe in some spaceship and just makes music in his spare time. He’s just one of the coolest people I’ve ever met.

"It was great to reconnect with Ian Broudie on this record as well. He told me the demo of Big Decider brought a tear to his eye and that’s why he said yes to working with us again. It was one of the first songs we wrote for the album so getting that reaction from Ian made me feel like we were doing something right. The song spoke for itself.”

Payne added: “We had a genuine feeling of a shared vision. In the past we haven’t really said how we feel, or we’ve taken each other the wrong way. But this album was different. We really didn’t feel good until it was just how we wanted it.”

The Zutons have also announced that they will be embarking on an intimate tour of UK venues in the coming months including a date at Birkenhead's Future Yard on Saturday, February 3 next year.

Tickets are available on pre-sale with pre-orders of the new album from 5pm GMT on Tuesday, November 14 from the band's Official Store. Tickets will then go on general sale from 10am on Friday, November 24. 

January 2024
Wed 31 - Old Fire Station, Carlisle, UK

February 2024
Thu 01 – Bootleg Social, Blackpool, UK
Fri 02 – Parish, Huddersfield, UK
Sat 03 – Future Yard, Birkenhead, UK
Wed 07 – Ku, Stockton, UK
Thu 08 - The Welly, Hull, UK
Fri 09 – Gorilla Beer Hall, Mexborough, UK
Sat 10 – Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil, UK
Thu 15 – MK11, Milton Keynes, UK
Fri 16 – Boileroom, Guildford, UK
Sat 17 – Chinnerys, Southend, UK
Thu 22 – Corn Exchange, Hertford, UK
Fri 23 – Waterfront, Norwich, UK
Sat 24 – Roadmender, Northampton, UK
Wed 28 – Bask, Stockport, UK
Thu 29 – Real Time, Chesterfield, UK

March 2024
Fri 01 – O2 Academy 2, Leicester, UK
Sat 02 – Sugarmill, Stoke, UK
Wed 06 – PJ Molloys, Dunfermline, UK
Thu 07 – Fat Sams, Dundee, UK
Fri 08 – St Mary’s Chambers, Rosendale, UK
Sat 09 – St Laurence Church, Reading, UK

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