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Following the announcement of their upcoming studio album Wrong side of heaven, masters of anthemic rock ‘n’ roll Dark Star Riders are delighted to announce the second single from the new disc: Pay the dirt, in the world on 7e September 2022, via Earache.
Pay the dirt further showcases the evolution of the band’s songwriting and is the perfect preview of what fans can expect from the new record.
Singer Ricky Warwick comments:Rock’n’Roll is my lover, my friend, my enemy, my ally, my religion and my saviour. Rock’n’roll is my life. Christian Martucci and the late Todd Youth wrote the music for it. And when I heard it, it reeked of defiance and attitude. He didn’t need to change, just a few words to echo the power of the chords. It’s an ode to Rock’n’Roll… But also a sting to those who don’t learn their art and don’t play from the heart!”
Wrong side of heaven comprises 11 tracks, it was recorded in the fall of 2021 at Studio 606 in Northridge, California and Toochtoon Sound in Redmond, Oregon with producer and longtime BSR associate Jay Ruston.
About the album, Ricky adds: “I’m very proud of this record, Black Star Riders’ fifth album and the first with our new and exciting relationship with Earache Records. As with all BSR albums, “Wrong Side Of Paradise” is an anthemic statement of intent, driven by ferocious guitars and thundering drums. I can only write about my own personal experiences, my families, my friends and how I see a world that is unraveling and changing faster than we can comprehend. That being said, I strongly believe in the power of positivity, something that resonates throughout this album”
In addition to the new record, the Black Star Riders will embark on their 10e Anniversary tour, from the 13e February 2023.
Ricky Warwick adds: “Can you believe that 2023 is 10 years of Black Star Riders?… How time flies while you’re having fun! We’ve decided to do something special to commemorate this occasion. For the UK tour only, to coincide with the release of the album, we’ll be bringing back the legendary Scott Gorham (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) for the dates to make them even more special!
The tour dates are below:
monday 13 february
Wednesday 15 February Norwich, UEA
Thursday 16 February Ipswich, Corn Exchange
Friday February 17
Saturday February 18
Sunday 19 February Leeds, O2 Academy
Tuesday 21 February Cardiff, Tramshed
Wednesday 22 February Bristol, O2 Academy
Thursday 23 February Glasgow, SWG3
Friday February 24
Sunday 26 February London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets are on sale now.
Wrong side of heaven is available for pre-order worldwide here. Formats include: limited colored vinyl (including green, blue, red and black/white), black vinyl, signed CD, cassette and digital download. A special edition of the album containing two bonus tracks is available on CD (accompanied by a 24-page songbook) and on USB stick. Various collector’s bundles are also available, including one with an exclusive 12-inch.
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