Musical shaman Richard Ashcroft is back. Last time he put an album out, 2016’s ‘These People’, he said it was his mission to reconnect with his fans “cos I’ve seen what happens when we release that valve.” Since then he’s been round the world performing festivals and gigs with Liam Gallagher and the Rolling Stones and there’s been a reawakening on both sides. New single, ‘Surprised by the Joy’, finds Ashcroft in a state of exaltation, his indestructible vocals as strong as ever. This tune, the first off his upcoming album ‘Natural Rebel’ out on Oct 19, represents his current contentment and appreciation for life, music and his loyal fanbase (“It is for them”, he says).
It’s what Ashcroft’s always been about, the rare knack of capturing emotion and all sides of the human experience. Music is power, so is Ashcroft.
‘Natural Rebel’ is now available to pre-order now, click HERE to order on 180 gram vinyl, CD and cassette. A limited edition clear orange vinyl in a gatefold sleeve is available to pre-order from HMV and select independent stores.
UK Tour Dates;
Friday October 26th– Glasgow Barrowlands – SOLD OUT
Sunday October 28th– Middlesborough Town Hall – SOLD OUT
Monday October 29th– Nottingham Rock City – SOLD OUT
Wednesday October 31stManchester Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
Friday November 2nd– Kentish Town Forum – SOLD OUT
Words: Lisa Higgins