Dexys announce new album

The band’s fifth studio album will draw on their Irish roots.

Dexys have announced a new album, titled ‘Let The Record Show Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul’.

The Kevin Rowland-led eight-piece will release their fifth studio album on June 3. The record sees the band draw on their Irish roots and will feature a combination of their interpretations of Irish songs and other select compositions.

“We had the idea to do this album in 1984 or 1985,” says Rowland. “It was to be called Irish and was to feature songs like ‘Carrickfergus’. ‘Curragh of Kildare’ and ‘Women Of Ireland’ – all of which are featured here. Dexys broke up not too long afterwards, so it didn’t happen.”

He added:“The album is called ‘Dexys DO Irish and Country Soul’: DO it, not BECOME it. We’re not trying to be Irish, and we haven’t used too many Celtic instruments on there. It’s our sound. We’re bringing our style to these songs.

I’m just a guy who follows my intuition, my inspiration. This really felt like the right thing to do. We have put probably more care and attention into these songs than we might have done with our own songs, because the odds were high. It was important to get them right, and make sure every one of them felt relevant to us.”

In 2012, the band reunited, shortening their name to Dexys, and released their first album in 27 years, ‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’.

Dexys Midnight Runners released three studio albums in the first half of the 1980s, with their debut, ‘Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’, in 1980, ‘Too-Rye-Ay’ in 1982 and ‘Don’t Stand Me Down’ in 1985.