Young Fathers have announced details of their new album ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’, the follow up to 2014’s Mercury-winning debut LP ‘Dead’. Hear new song ‘Rain Or Shine’ below.
The album will be released on April 6 via Big Dada. It’s striking title is explained by Alloysious Massaquoi of the group in an email exchange with management published today on Young Fathers’ website.
Responding to the suggestion that the name ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ could be deemed offensive or pretentious, he replied: “I’m aware of the points we’ve discussed but all that sounds like to me is, we are trying to cater to what other people might think, as if it’s a negative thing, which it’s not. We came at it from a different angle, a positive angle. it’s got issues of race and so what? Why should alarm bells start ringing, even though in general conversations race, politics, sex and religion are always the subject matter? Why should it be discussed behind closed doors and never confronted head on?”
The band said ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ was recorded in a hotel room in Illinois, a rehearsal room in Melbourne, “a freezing cellar in Berlin”, a photographic studio in London and their “normal hole in the ground basement in Edinburgh”.
Young Fathers beat off tough competition from FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest, plus Royal Blood and Damon Albarn, to win last year’s Mercury prize. The Scottish group will kick off a massive UK live stint in March 2015 – beginning on March 13 in Skelmersdale and ending on June 7 in Liverpool.
The ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ Tracklisting:
‘Rain Or Shine’
‘Old Rock n Roll’