Cerys Matthews says the follow-up to 'Equally Cursed And Blessed' is "less stupid" than its predecessor...

CERYS MATTHEWS has spoken about CATATONIA‘s new album, describing it as “less

stupid” than its predecessor.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM in advance of their first live show in two years at Manchester Evening News Arena in support of Unison’s “Campaign For A Living Wage”, Matthews said: “I think it’s stronger than the last album, a bit more avant garde! No it’s not, it’s a bit less stupid. (‘Equally Cursed and Blessed’) was all over the shop stylistically, I think it’s a bit more focused. And I think it’s a bit more impassioned.”

The singer also confirmed that the first single from the as-yet-untitled album will be called ‘Stone By Stone’, and is likely to be released on July 2 through Blanco Y Negro, which she joked sounds like Frank Zappa. Previous reports have suggested that the album would be called ‘It’s What’s Not There That Makes What’s There What It Is’. However, Matthews said that the band had yet to decide on a title.

She told NME.COM: “There’s some mad lyrics on the album. There’s a song called ‘Misogyny’, which delves into a realm of lyrics that probably hasn’t been dealt with before. I’m very, very proud of it, I can’t wait for it to come out, to be honest. We’ve got a single coming out called ‘Stone By Stone’, I think that’s out on July 2. (It sounds like) Frank Zappa! No, I don’t know, you’ll have to hear it because I can’t really describe it.”

Catatonia will debut the new material at the Campaign For A Living Wage benefit show at the Manchester Evening News Arena on Saturday (April 28), along with Toploader, Idlewild, Wheatus and Dum Dums. The campaign, run by trade

union Unison, aims to get the UK minimum wage raised to £5 per hour for people of all ages.

Asked why the band chose the show for their return, Matthews said: “It was simply that Unison were good enough to ask us, and it’s a cause that we are sympathetic to, and it was timed well for us to go onstage again. Any project

that stands against exploitation is something to stand up for. I’m as

political as any man, I wouldn’t say I was very knowledgeable. Not any more so

than any politician, but maybe they’re not knowledgeable either!”