What better way to celebrate your first album in five years, than with a tour?
Thankfully for their fans, Liverpool veterans Echo & the Bunnymen fully concur with this view, and will be completing the Newcastle date of said tour tomorrow night.
The album in question is the band’s 12th studio long player, Meteorites which has offered a journey of self discovery to lead singer, Ian McCulloch.
He believes the record is right up there with the Bunnymen’s best from the eighties and nineties – only more truthful, lyrically powerful and spiritually cleansing.
For all the Bunnymen hallmarks, which long time fans will doubtless recognise - from McCulloch’s aching, velvety tenor to Will Sergeant’s shimmering guitar work - the new album’s most striking feature is its unprecedented and startling lyrical candour.
It sees McCulloch finally facing up to his demons with an honesty that his previous records, however emotionally raw, have shied away from.
“It’s been a way of dealing with where you’re at, though it doesn’t necessarily stop the pain,” he explains.
“As a friend of mine says, ‘You’re never out of the woods.’ But now I’m doing it properly, I’m writing soliloquies up there with Shakespeare. I need to be as good as him.
“For me, this is a whole new approach,” he adds. “It’s more edgy than anything I’ve ever done. I’m dealing with something on this record I didn’t want to deal with for a long time.”
Lovers On The Run will be the first single to be taken from the album, which will be released on May 26.