James return in 2016 with a new album and national headline tour that includes stops at three iconic London venues.
The veteran Manchester band, who release their 14th album ‘Girl At The End Of The World’ on 18 March 2016, play O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, O2 Forum Kentish Town, and O2 Brixton Academy on 4, 6, and 7 May respectively.
“The essence of James is live,” says James bassist Jim Glennie. “The pleasure never diminishes. I can’t wait for us to get our hands on these songs in front of the best audience a band can have.”
Tickets for James’ 2016 tour go on general sale on 20 November 2015.
‘Girl At The End Of The World’ was, like its predecessor 2014’s ‘La Petit Mort’, recorded at London’s Rak Studios with producer Max Dingel. Long-time collaborator Brian Eno also chipped in.
“’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,” explains Glennie. “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.”
Elaborates frontman Tim Booth: “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.”
With a career spanning 32 years, James are one of the UK’s most enduring bands, having sold over 12 million albums worldwide off the back of hit singles like ‘Laid’, ‘Sit Down’, ‘Destiny Calling’, and ‘She’s A Star’.