The Rakes name new album

It's due out next March

The Rakes have named the follow up to their 2005 debut ‘Capture/Release’.

Entitled ‘Ten New Messages’, their new album was layed down by Arctic Monkeys producer Jim Abbiss and Brendan Lynch who has previously worked with Primal Scream, in London‘s Mayfair Studios.

Singer Alan Donohoe described the album as a “combination of choral music, the television show ‘24’, (James) Bond theme tunes, World War 1 poets and the Sugababes“.

“It’s a bit more focused than the last album. It has the same sort of lyrics but its more character driven,” Donohoe told NME.COM. “We’ve got this one song called ‘When Tom Cruise Cries’. Its about media sensationalism on one level but on another level it’s about how actors can be so believable you get into an emotional relationship with them when they’re only acting. I got the idea for this from the scene at the end of ‘Magnolia’ when he’s crying at his sick father’s bedside.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, the band will be hitting the road for a UK tour to coincide with the release ‘Ten New Messages’.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (December 15) from 9am. For availability after then and to get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS.

The Rakes will play the following venues:

Nottingham Rock City (March 19)

Glasgow Barrowlands (21)

Sheffield Octagon (22)

Norwich UEA (23)

Manchester Ritz (25)

Newcastle Academy (26)

Birmingham Academy (28)

Bristol Academy (29)

Southampton Guildhall (30)

London Brixton Academy (31)