Walking On Cars will release their new album, Colours, via Virgin EMI on 12th April. The four piece group from Dingle, Ireland, whose debut catapulted them to fame in their homeland and abroad, release Monster, the LP’s first single, today, along with news of three massive shows in Dublin, Cork and Belfast next spring to follow the release.
Recorded between the band’s own home studio in County Kerry, London’s legendary RAK studios, and Angelic Studios near Banbury where The 1975 also made their latest, Colours is a second album kaleidoscopically rich with sounds, emotions, synth-rock imagination and the brilliant song writing synonymous with the bands previous releases.
As Irish music bible Hot Press put it, hymning the country’s newest big rock export in a cover feature, “With the massive European success of their double platinum-selling debut, Everything This Way, Kerry’s Walking On Cars pretty much owned 2016.” Indeed Everything This Way went on to sell a hefty 325,000 copies worldwide. Over 18 months’ touring the band sold 60,000 gig tickets, reaching arena level at home and sold out tours across Europe, as well as playing the mains stages of some of the biggest festivals out there, including Isle of Wight, Rock Werchter, Rock Am Ring and Electric Picnic in 2017. Their total global video views stand at an impressive 50 million, their cumulative global streams an eye-watering, ear-trembling 200 million.
Following the success of Everything This Way, the band continued to tour extensively. Their efforts begat success, but success begat strains. A stressful couple of years took their toll on the writing process, but the band came out fighting, albeit a guitar player down and with new management, and in February of this year came a breakthrough: Monster, the first fruits of the band’s labour to be released as a taster track from Colours, is a cathartic howl of a song, strident with piano, punchy electronics and a sky-grabbing chorus.
In its mix of synthesiser, guitars and feedback, Monster was to became a sonic pathfinder track for the album. “On the first album it was very organic: sit in a room, jam it out, tour it, come back, change the song,” remembers the band’s Sorcha Durham. With the new album, the band found themselves become more involved with the production side, experimenting with programming and synths while staying true to the world beating songs and classic sound of their debut.
Walking On Cars will play the following three shows, with a huge combined capacity of over 30,000 next May/June. Fans can get exclusive access to pre-sale tickets when they pre-order the new album COLOURS from the official store - https://shop.walkingoncars.com/
BELFAST, Waterfront Hall
CORK, The Irish Independent Park
Patrick Sheehy (vocals and guitars), Sorcha Durham (keys), Paul Flannery (bass), Evan Hadnett (drums)