Stereophonics, New Album And Tour For 2022
by Geoff Ford
Stereophonics are to release their twelfth studio album in the spring ahead of an 11-date UK tour. The first track off the forthcoming Oochya! album, released on 4th March 2022 via Stylus Records (through Ignition Records Ltd), is Hanging On Your Hinges.
As the band celebrate their 25th year, Hanging On Your Hinges is a gloriously unshackled palette cleanser for fans ahead of the multifaceted, Oochya!. With distorted question-and-answer vocals and scuzzed up guitars, it’s a song that harks back to some of the band’s loudest moments, drawing on Kelly Jones’ love of garage rock. After 18 months of lockdown, Hanging On Your Hinges is an optimistic yet defiant howl as the Stereophonics get back to doing what they do best.
Kelly Jones says: “Hanging On Your Hinges was influenced by my love of early ZZ Top and darker stuff like Masters of Reality and, maybe, some Iggy Pop too,” says Kelly Jones. “It probably nods back to Bartender & The Thief. It’s the song on this album that says Oochya! more than anything else, so it’s something we wanted the fans to hear first. Having done some really emotionally led and introspective songs on the last album (Kind), we decided to come back with a bang this time, give the fans something to get a little loose to. The album title Oochya! was a saying me and the band used in the studio to mean “let’s have it”, a blast of energy and optimism and that’s what we wanted to get across with Hinges.”
A short, sharp explosion of colour and defiant attitude, the album title is perfectly complemented with its comic book-pop art album cover.
Oochya! follows Stereophonics’ 2019 album Kind, which went to Number One in the UK album charts. It outsold its nearest competitor, Kanye West, by over 10,000 copies and became the band’s 7th UK Number One album in the process. The release of Oochya! will also see the Welsh rockers return to the road for what’s sure to be another eagerly anticipated, and sold out, UK arena tour kicking off at Manchester Arena on 18th March 2022.
Friday 18 March, Manchester, AO Arena
Sunday 20 March, Aberdeen, P&J Live
Monday 21 March, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Wednesday 23 March, Leeds, First Direct Arena
Thursday 24 March, Newcastle, Utilita Arena
Saturday 26 March, Brighton, Centre
Sunday 27 March, Bournemouth, IC
Tuesday 29 March, Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
Wednesday 30 March, Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Friday 1 April, London, The O2
Saturday 2 April, Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
For more information and tickets please visit https://stereophonics.com/tour/