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The Prodigy announce new album and tour

Newcastle 02 Academy is the first stop for The Prodigy on a new tour of the UK

Keith Flint, Maxim and Liam Howlett are The Prodigy
Keith Flint, Maxim and Liam Howlett are The Prodigy

The Prodigy have announced a UK tour in support of new album The Day Is My Enemy.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday for the May 4 gig at Newcastle O2 Academy, kicking off point for the tour.

A big noise in electronic rock for more than 20 years – or at least since Firestarter was released in 1996 – The Prodigy have sold more than 25m albums and won numerous music awards.

The band was formed in 1990 by Essex boy Liam Howlett who is still the driving force behind the band along with Keith Flint whose mug featured on the memorable Firestarter video deemed too scary for small kids.

Howlett and Flint are still in the band along with Maxim (alias Peterborough-born Keith Palmer) who was welcomed on board in the early years to pep up the live shows.

The new album is to be released on March 30, preceded by a single, Nasty, on February 9.

Enemy? Nasty? We can assume this is not going to be tranquil lounge music.

“I can’t tell you why this record came out so angry,” says Howlett, who trained as a classical pianist before hip hop and rave culture claimed him.

“I think it’s just inbuilt in me. It’s more about what I like music to do.

“I’ve always seen music I like as a form of attack. That’s what I use music for. It’s an attack.

“I didn’t plan this album to sound violent – it’s just the sound that came out of the studio, a kind of build-up over the last four years.

“‘Anger is an energy’ – that’s a lyric which always resonated with me. The tension is buried deep in the music from the first drop. It’s all about the sound having that sense of danger. That’s what The Prodigy sound is about.”

The band, via their publicists, reckon this is “probably the most British-sounding album you’ll hear this year”.

But: “Not British in the flag-waving, jingoistic sense but in a way that understands that the night-time spaces of urban Britain are a multi-hued cacophony of cultures.

“If Invaders Must Die (the last album, out in 2009) was the sound of the rusted urban sprawl decaying like an open wound in the British countryside, then The Day is My Enemy is about the angry humanity existing in the decay of the urban nightmare.”

Tickets for what sounds like a noisy and angry night’s entertainment can be bought from 9am on Wednesday via the ticketmaster and gigsandtours websites.

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