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Stereophonics today unveil their new single ‘Forever’ — the third instalment from their forthcoming album ‘Oochya!’, out 4th March 2022 via Stylus Records through Ignition Records Ltd, available to pre-order here.
‘Forever’ follows the previously released ‘Hanging On Your Hinges’ and ‘Do Ya Feel My Love?’, which received widespread national radio support added to A lists across all key networks, and has now received over 2 million streams across all platforms.
As Stereophonics celebrate over a quarter-century as one of the key cornerstones of British rock, they return with ‘Forever’ — a track that oozes with glistening guitar and sweeping vocal melodies, paired with romantic storytelling. A reflective track that evokes freedom and the open road, the bridge builds to a euphoric chorus where frontman Kelly Jones is heard bellowing “I wish I could fly away forever, I wish I could take away the pain from you and release you”. Letting go is felt in the heights of his singing, as much as it is when Kelly puts pen to paper.
Of the new track, Kelly says: “’Forever’ is about escapism. It’s about longing for a freedom for someone and taking away the pain they’re going through, it’s about taking a bullet for them. It’s about wanting to free the ones you love of pain, but we can’t – life’s pain is where we find growth. So the song has a lot wrapped up in it. People are feeling a lot of that these days.”
‘Forever’ is the third single released from Stereophonics’ new LP ‘Oochya!’ released on 4th March. The album calls upon certain tones, feelings and themes that’ll resonate with fans young and old alike. Kelly Jones explains: “It’s quite an emotional record. At times it’s very nostalgic. The whole album is melodic. You put it on and it’s one of those albums you don’t really want to turn off because it keeps going onto different styles and the songs hold your attention. It shows a lot of styles of the band”.
The release of ‘Oochya!’ will also see the Welsh rockers return to the road for what’s sure to be another eagerly anticipated sold out UK arena tour. Kicking off at Manchester Arena on 18th March 2022, the 11 date tour reaches The O2 London on 1st April and culminates at the Birmingham Resorts World Arena on 2nd April.
The band will also headline two nights at Cardiff’s 60,000 capacity Principality Stadium on 17th & 18th June, with very special guests Tom Jones and Catfish And The Bottlemen.
With ‘Oochya!’, Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters. Having now achieved 7 UK Number 1 albums, 10 Top 10 albums, 23 Platinum Sales Awards, 8.5 million albums sold in the UK alone, 5 BRIT Award nominations and 1 BRIT Award win, Stereophonics stand as undeniable giants of British music.
Alongside the new music, Kelly recently sat in for BBC Radio 2’s Johnnie Walker for his widely celebrated The Rock Show with Johnnie Walker, which can be listened back to here.
‘Oochya!’ – Album Tracklisting;
- Hanging On Your Hinges
- When You See it
- Do Ya Feel My Love?
- Right Place Right Time
- Close Enough To Drive Home
- Leave The Light On
- Running Round My Brain
- Every Dog Has Its Day
- You’re My Soul
- All I Have Is You
- Made A Mess Of Me
- Seen That Look Before
- Don’t Know What Ya Got
- Jack In A Box
All songs written by Kelly Jones. ‘Oochya!’ was produced by Kelly Jones with Jim Lowe & George Drakoulias and recorded at The Distillery, Wiltshire.
Stereophonics play the following UK live shows:
Fri 18 Mar Manchester AO Arena
Sun 20 Mar Aberdeen P&J Live
Mon 21 Mar Glasgow The OVO Hydro
Wed 23 Mar Leeds First Direct Arena
Thu 24 Mar Newcastle Utilita Arena
Sat 26 Mar Brighton Centre
Sun 27 Mar Bournemouth IC
Tue 29 Mar Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Wed 30 Mar Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Fri 01 Apr London The O2
Sat 02 Apr Birmingham Resorts World Arena
Fri 17 June Cardiff Principality Stadium
Sat 18 June Cardiff Principality Stadium
Tickets on sale now at https://stereophonics.com/tour/