Stereophonics today return with ‘Fly Like An Eagle’. The song is the first to be unveiled from forthcoming album ‘Kind’, released on October 25th via Parlophone Records.
Recorded in just eleven days at The Distillery, Wiltshire, ‘Kind’ was co-produced by Kelly Jones and George Drakoulias (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Screaming Trees, Primal Scream). The recording sessions used minimal studio techniques, overdubs or technology. This stripped back, raw approach to committing Kelly Jones’ songwriting to tape provides listeners with captivating and candid snapshots of one of the UK’s most enduring bands. The performances are led by Jones’ distinct and emotive vocals that reveal a raw vulnerability not yet heard. The results are an honest and hopeful album for our times, and an album that stands shoulder to shoulder with the band’s best work.
‘Fly Like An Eagle’ is a perfect first taster of ‘Kind’. An ode to endless possibility, it is the sound of a band exuding confidence in their craft as they allow the quality of songwriting and musicianship to take centre stage.
Kelly Jones says: ‘Our last gig of the world tour was September 2018, in Brooklyn - I was done, had written no songs, nothing new, I thought I felt like quitting for a while. Then by November I had a load of songs that just came through me, lyrics just filling up pages, no crossings out, complete songs formed. They became a very open and to be honest, bunch of really vulnerable songs about things I hadn’t quite worked out for myself, the songs began to inform me how I was feeling. I didn’t know, or really mind if others wanted to hear them or like them, I just needed to get them out of me. So when it came to an album, I wanted to just capture honest performances of them and we recorded the album in just 11 days. ‘Fly like an Eagle’ was one of the first I wrote and I feel it covers a lot of ground on the record and the line came, ‘wanna fly like an eagle, and dare to reborn’ - not in a religious sense but it’s about changing and growth, and learning not relying on the comfort zones of your life. And as people we all morph into new and different versions of ourselves. We don’t have to stay the same.’
The accompanying video, an emotionally affecting coming-of-age tale, is also unveiled today. The video was shot by Charlotte Regan and stars Charlie Creed-Miles (Peaky Blinders).
With an unparalleled longevity and continued success, Stereophonics are a band woven into the fabric of popular music. With ‘Kind’ Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters with an ability to sketch and capture truth and beauty from everyday observations as well as delving into his own life experiences. Having achieved 6 number 1 albums, 10 top 10 albums, 23 Platinum Sales Awards, 8.5 million albums sold in the UK alone, 5 BRIT nominations and 1 BRIT Award win, and still headlining arenas and festivals to legions of dedicated fans, Stereophonics stand as undeniable giants of the current music scene.
‘Kind’ is released on 25th October on Parlophone Records. Details of a forthcoming tour will be announced in the coming weeks.
‘Kind’ standard track-listing:
1. I Just Wanted The Goods
2. Fly Like An Eagle
3. Make Friends With The Morning
5. Hungover For You
6. Bust This Town
7. This Life Ain’t Easy (But It’s The One That We All Got)
8. Street Of Orange Light
9. Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day
10. Restless Mind
All songs written by Kelly Jones.
Produced by Kelly Jones & George Drakoulias, except Bust This Town produced by Kelly Jones & Jim Lowe.