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‘Fastboy/Liquid Lips’ April 21st

The Bluetones are to release a brand-new double A side ‘Fastboy’ and ‘Liquid Lips’ on April 21st 2003 through Superior Quality Recordings.
Having been tucked away in a recording studio since last year, the two tracks are taken from their forthcoming as yet unnamed fourth studio album. Both tracks were produced by the band and Gordon Mills at Raezor studios in Wandsworth.

With a fifty date tour approaching next month, taking The Bluetones back to the kind of venues fans won’t have seen them play since the early days, the new material also denotes a change in direction for the band. As Mark Morriss puts it, "Both songs are from the first session recorded for the album in which we’ve taken a stripped down approach to the songwriting process.". He also goes on to say that both tracks, representative of the forthcoming album as a whole, are incredibly different to anything form the last studio album ‘Science And Nature’, in fact "completely different to anything we’ve ever done before".

Fans received the first whiff of new material early this month when ‘I©The City’ was given away as a download to those registering their details at the brand spanking new website, www.bluetones.co.uk. A video for ‘Fastboy’ will be recorded shortly, and is set to feature a cameo from the latest recruit to the blue army, legendary DJ, Dave Lee Travis. In keeping with the band’s DIY ethic, the video has been co-written and directed by Mark also the single and album artwork has been created by Scott.

The Bluetones’ biggest ever tour starts on March 16th in Colchester and continues right through to London Astoria on May 22nd. The band have hinted that the tour will be of a completely different format to their last Bluetones Promenader tour of last summer and the Best Of The Bluetones tour prior to that. Mark Morriss has said "We’re using this tour as a new beginning hence we’re taking it back to the smaller venues, it’s like we’re just starting out again". He adds that the show will be built quite heavily around the new material, far removed from the fan-selected set-list shows they’ve done in the past.

‘Fastboy/Liquid Lips’ is released April 21st, the as yet untitled album will follow in May, both on Superior Quality Recordings/Vital.