The Blackout name their new studio album and unveil new single – listen

Welsh rockers' fourth album will emerge in January 2013

The Blackout name their new studio album and unveil new single – listen

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The Blackout have announced that their fourth studio album will be titled 'Start The Party' and that it will be released in January.

The album is the follow-up to the Welsh rockers' 2011 effort 'Hope' and will come out on January 21 via Cooking Vinyl.

Speaking about the album, which has been produced by McFly/Kids In Glass Houses knob twiddler Jason Perry, co-frontman Gavin Butler said: "Music can be a great form of escapism and we tried to fully encapsulate that with this record. There's a lot of bands out there at the moment that do deal with this depression and the shit state of the world, but that's just not us."

He continued: "We wanted to write about enjoying yourself and not worrying about things. Take a half hour out of your life, switch off and hear something fun!"

The band are giving away the album's opening and title track 'Start The Party' as a free download on their website Theblackout.co.uk. You can also hear the track at the bottom of the page.

The tracklisting for 'Start The Party' is as follows:

'Start The Party'
'Radio'
'We Live On'
'Let Me Go'
'Take Away The Misery'
'Keep Singing'
'Running Scared'
'You'
'Free Yourself'
'Sleep When You're Dead'
'Throw It All Away'


The Blackout will tour in October and January in support of the album.

The January trek begins at Glasgow's King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on January 20 and runs until January 26, when the band play Manchester's HMV Ritz. They also headline gigs in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London as part of the tour.

The band will also play an intimate tour next month, which begins at Leeds Cockpit on October 23 before the band move on to Bournemouth's Old Fire Station on October 24. The Blackout will then play Oxford's O2 Academy 2 on October 25 and finally London's Underworld on October 29.

The Blackout will play:

Leeds Cockpit (October 23)
Bournemouth Old Fire Station (24)
O2 Academy Oxford 2 (25)
London Underworld (29)
Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (January 20)*
O2 Academy Newcastle (21)
Edinburgh HMV Liquid Rooms (22)
Birmingham HMV Institute (23)
London Electric Ballroom (25)
Manchester HMV Ritz (26)

*The Blackout will play two shows, one beginning at 4pm and the other at 8pm


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