The band will donate 'Winter Wonderland' proceeds to homeless charity Shelter
The Courteeners have announced a deluxe reissue of their 2014 fourth album ‘Concrete Love’, as well as a charity Christmas single ‘Winter Wonderland’.
‘Concrete Love’ will be reissued under the name ‘Concrete Love – Extra Love’ on November 27 on [PIAS]. It features the original eleven-track album, plus nine extra tracks that include the new Christmas single.
Christmas track ‘Winter Wonderland’ is described as “custom built for live shows.” Frontman Liam Fray wrote the song on Norah Jones’ piano in New York, and has previously performed it at a night in the city curated by the late Lou Reed, back in 2011.
The single was produced by Stephen Street – who also produced the band’s debut album ‘St Jude’ – and recorded in September of this year. It will debut in its studio form on Radio X during Phil Clifton’s show on the evening of November 16.
All profits from the single will go to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.
The ‘Concrete Love – Extra Love’ bonus track listing comprises of three EP rarities, the new single and five unreleased acoustic versions of ‘Concrete Love’ album tracks. It will be released on double CD, as a download and via streaming services. The additional, second disk tracklisting is as follows:
Why Are You Still With Him?
How Good It Was (acoustic)
Next Time You Call (phone recording)
Small Bones (acoustic)
A Live recording of the new single ‘Winter Wonderland’ can be seen via YouTube, here:
The band also play a 17-date UK tour this winter, with all but the upgraded Wolverhampton show sold out. The tour includes a five-night run in their home town of Manchester, following on from a 25,000 capacity Heaton Park date in the city over the summer. The dates are as follows:
Stoke Victoria Hall (November 26)
Lincoln Engine Shed (27)
Glasgow O2 Academy (29)
Newcastle O2 Academy (30)
Leicester O2 Academy (December 1)
Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (3)
London 2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (4)
Manchester O2 Apollo (8, 9, 10, 11, 12)