The Charlatans have announced the release of their 13th studio album, Different Days, which features contributions “from friends and heroes.”
This follow-up to their superb 2015 LP Modern Nature will be out 26 May through label BMG. The enticing new album was recorded at the band’s own studio in Crewe, Cheshire, and the core quartet of vocalist Tim Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers invited some of literature and music’s biggest names down for some sessions.
Starting with music; drum takes were split between their touring drummer Pete Salisbury, formerly of The Verve, and New Order’s Stephen Morris. The two legends are honouring the legacy of the late, great Jon Brookes (The Charlatans original drummer, who sadly passed away in 2013, rather than replacing him.
Standout cuts, ‘Not Forgotten’ and ‘Plastic Machinery’ feature guitar legends Johnny Marr and Anton Newcombe. This is Marr’s first contribution to a Charlatans album ever, and, Burgess told 6Music that it came about because he invited him around to the studio for a cup of tea and told him to bring his guitar, and in one session The Smiths legend ended up playing on three tunes.
This is the first single from their soon-to-be released new album “Different Days”, featuring Johnny Marr & Anton Newcombe… Lauren Laverne got to play it for the first time ever on BBC6 Music today!