David Gray unveils the video for ‘Gulls’, the first track from ‘Mutineers’, his first album in 4 years and 15 years since 15 million-selling ‘White Ladder’. The album is due out June 30 via Kobalt Label Services and to coincide with the release, David will tour the UK for the first time in 3 years.
Check out ‘Back In The World’, the first single to be lifted from Gray’s new album and follows initial teaser track ‘Gulls’.
‘Mutineers’ was Recorded in Church Studios, London and produced by Andy Barlow (Lamb)…Gray explains: “His brief was – don’t let me make the same record I’ve made before take me out of my comfort zone. And he’s a very gentle kind of guy, but courageous. He really took me on creatively in a way that no one else has ever done.
So I thought, yeah, this is going to work, but it was a tortured process because I found it so hard to take at times that he would tear up bits of my work in front of my eyes!”
On his past…making ‘White Ladder’, in a bedroom studio back in 1997 he says: “It was a very special thing that happened [with White Ladder] and it was only a blessing, but of course there are complications to the blessing. So the wonderful, graceful arc that it traced from obscurity into ubiquity was a tremendous thing and the entire upward curve of it was exhilarating in the extreme.
And not only that, it didn’t have anyone’s permission, off we went.” “No one could take it away from us and it was a wonderful thing, but of course you go beyond a certain point and you’re just kind of up on this very high plateau, success, and the game has changed. But I think now it’s the morning after the night before – I don’t want to just be going on about that.
Now I’ve got 15 years between me and it, and also I know I’ve done something here that has an authority that is inspiring me and I don’t have to worry about my past or any of that. This record will speak, and then I think I’ll be understood and I think the question will change a little. The lovely thing about this is we’ve had the time to experiment, and the experiment has been a wonderful success so far.”
“I think if you’re going forward with an open heart, good things will happen,” says David. “You have to sort of tear up the past and let it go…”
June 23 Birmingham Symphony Hall
June 24 London Royal Albert Hall
June 26 Gateshead The Sage
June 28 Westport Festival Westport, Ireland
June 30 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
July 2 York Barbican
July 3 Manchester Lowry Theatre
July 5 Daytripper Festival Waterford, Ireland
July 6 Groove Festival County Wicklow, Ireland
July 8 Bristol Colston Hall
July 9 Bournemouth Pavilion
Tickets go on-sale NOW priced at £47.50 /£38.50 / £29.50 regionally and £49.50 / £47.50 / £38.50 / £29.50/ £25.00 in London (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from livenation.co.uk or ticketmaster.co.uk