The Concretes’ new vocalist Lisa Millberg has revealed the band have “fallen in love with each other” again after the departure of former singer Victoria Bergman.
Bergman quit suddenly last year just before the band were due to perform on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’. Former drummer Millberg then took over on vocal duties.
Now the revamped band are to release new album ‘Hey Trouble’ on Monday (June 4), followed by the single ‘Oh Boy’ on July 2.
Speaking to NME.COM, Millberg said: “I think we had a really horrible time all of last year.
“For me, at the time, it made sense to start writing, it wasn’t like something I planned. Then I could survive! Then we talked about the different scenarios – should we keep going? Should we bring in someone new? Should we change the name? It seemed to make the most sense to remain the way we were.
And Millberg is glad the band ultimately took the path they have.
She revealed: “Doing the new album, it felt quite natural, it felt like a new route. But I can see for someone else’s perspective it’s different. That’s very us to choose the most difficult path!
“It’s been fantastic, we’ve fallen in love with each other all over again. We’re having loads of fun. And we have a good excuse not to play old songs!”
But Millberg did admit to a little bit of stagefright when she first stepped up to sing.
She said: “At first I was absolutely terrified, but now I quite enjoy it. It’s intense and weird, but it’s good.”
The band will play the following dates:
Birmingham Academy 2 (June 5)
London Luminaire (6)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (7)
Leeds Cockpit (8)
Bristol Thekla Social (9)
Newcastle Academy 2 (10)
Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (11)
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