The Charlatans perform at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing at 7.30 pm tomorrow (Sunday March 15th). The show is sold out – for returns call 01903 206206.
The Charlatans – Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Martin Blunt and Tony Rogers – released their twelfth album, Modern Nature on BMG Chrysalis on 26th January.
The album comes after a brutally difficult year for the band following the death from brain cancer of their old friend and drummer Jon Brookes last year. Rogers says that they were determined to carry on to honour Brookes’ memory – “Jon was adamant that there was going to be another Charlatans record, and you have to put that into your own thoughts.”
The band went into their studio Big Mushroom in January 2014 and as Tim recalls “We were aching for the summer when we wrote it. It was freezing and we were trying to write songs that made us happy. “
The result is Modern Nature. Featuring eleven new tracks, including the recent limited edition 7” single and 6 Music A List record Talking In Tones, the album was produced by The Charlatans and Jim Spencer and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead). The album features a cacophony of contributors from their three temporary drummers – Pete Salisbury of The Verve, Stephen Morris of New Order and Gabriel Gurnsey of DFA’s avant-disco group Factory Floor, to Kate Bushs’ backing singers Melanie Marshall and Sandra Marvin, strings by Sean O’ Hagan and brass courtesy of Dexys’ Big Jim Paterson.
Q have described the album as “one the finest of their career.” Modern Nature is available on CD, vinyl, deluxe cd and vinyl (featuring four bonus songs and coloured vinyl) and download. The tracklisting for the album is as follows: Talking In Tones/So Oh/Come Home Baby/Keep Enough/Tall Grass/Emilie/Let The Good Times Be Never Ending/Need You To Know/Lean In/Trouble Understanding/Lot To Say.
The live shows in March will be The Charlatans’ first full UK tour since 2010. Pete Salisbury (The Verve) who plays on much of the album will be drumming on the dates.
Tickets are priced at £30 for the exclusive South Coast show at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre.
Let’s leave the last word with The Quietus “In Modern Nature, The Charlatans have achieved that rare feat of making a gigantic step forward without losing what made them so special in the first place.”
The Pavilion Theatre is at the entrance to Worthing Pier.