To My Surprise is the first single to be taken from James' 2016 album Girl At The End Of The World. Premiered on 6 Music this morning, albeit in edited form due to the "were you born an arsehole?" chorus, the song, like many of James' best songs, is a grower and reveals more with each listen.
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 is available to preorder via the James website 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
Tickets for the tour are on sale now 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.