James have announced that their 14th album Girl At The End Of The World will be released on March 18, 2016 and be followed by an extensive UK tour in May.
The album was written in Scotland at Jim Glennie's Highland retreat and recorded in London with Max Dingel who produced 2014's La Petite Mort album. In a break with tradition from James albums, only one song Nothing But Love has been previewed from the record and that was only played once at a festival show in Scarborough in May.
The album will be available to preorder via the James website on Wednesday morning on cd, 2lp, cassette and a variety of bundles.
Girl At The End Of The World will feature 12 tracks - Bitch, To My Surprise, Nothing But Love, Attention, Dear John, Feet Of Clay, Surfer's Song, Catapult, Move Down South, Alvin, Waking and Girl At The End Of The World
On James' official website Jim Glennie was quoted as saying
"Jim here to announce, drum roll please...........The release of our 14th album, titled 'Girl At The End Of The World' or if you prefer 'GATEOTW' or even just 'Girl'.
The songs for this record were written exclusively in Scotland. Not for any particular reason but still a fact. If you pay close attention whilst you're listening, in a couple of places you can actually smell peat burning mixed with the salty tang of seaweed on the air. Also, possibly bagpipes but that might be just my tinnitus playing up.
As with 'La Petite Mort', the album was recorded at the lovely Rak Studios in St. John's Wood. I've spent so much time there over the last couple of years, I feel I should buy a Bentley Convertible and a pair of white Gucci loafers.
And again, recorded and produced by the eternally patient Max Dingel. Why do you do it Max? Surely there must be an easier way to earn a living?
All that said, 'Girl At The End Of The World' is a record we are very proud of and picks up nicely where 'La Petite Mort' left off. But hopefully, as always, pushes the edges out a little further. The songs are big but personal, abrasive but warming and after taking you on a journey and throwing you a few curve balls, ultimately uplifting. So remember, 'Girl At The End Of The World'.
But the excitement doesn't stop there. I know, I can barely contain myself either. Ladies and Gentlemen we have a UK Tour to announce. A whole bunch of gigs next May, where we will of course be treating you and ourselves to the joys of the new album and of course, a whole heap of other James stuff to boot. So get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
There will be festivals being announced and loads of fun promo stuff happening including single releases and videos, so keep an eye on James social media to find out what/where/when.
Thank you for listening and thanks in advance for your support. And remember, without you lot, we'd just be a bunch of bewildered, grumpy old men arguing with each other in an empty stadium.
Hope to see you on the road,
Front man Tim Booth also made the following statement about the album
“As always with James it’s a collaborative process allowing ample room for improvisation, intuition, skill and dumb luck. From the outside our process looks like chaos, but chaos is our friend and we have a history that gives us confidence that something magical will eventually appear. Most of my best lyrics are unconscious typos so don¹t ask me what it’s about; your projection is as good as mine. This was perhaps the most difficult and stressful album we have ever made. I hope you find it as rewarding as we do. OYSTER-GRIT-PEARL.”
Tickets for the tour will be on sale from 9.30am on Friday November 20 with VIP soundcheck tickets available exclusively from the James website. James' Girl At The End Of The World tour will call at the following venues :
Mon 2 May Colston Hall, Bristol
Tue 3 May Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
Wed 4 May Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Fri 6 May The Forum, Kentish Town, London
Sat 7 May Brixton Academy, London
Mon 9 May The UEA, Norwich
Tue 10 May Bournemouth Academy
Thu 12 May Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Fri 13 May Manchester Arena
Sat 14 May Leeds First Direct Arena
Mon 16 May Hull City Hall
Tue 17 May Newcastle City Hall
Thu 19 May The Hydro, Glasgow
Fri 20 May Barclaycard Arena , Birmingham
Sat 21 May Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
James' official website can be found here. They are on Facebook and Twitter. Some of the band - Tim, Larry, Andy and Dave - are also on Twitter.