Lostprophets 5th album Weapons is out today. To celebrate, first single ‘Bring ‘Em Down’ has had the remix treatment in this ‘God’s Army’ edition by Jared.
It’s been two years since the Welsh sextet released their fourth studio album, ‘The Betrayed’ (January 2010). Two very hectic years. After triumphant tours across the UK and Europe on which they played in front of tens of thousands of people, Kerrang! Magazine bestowed the prestigious ‘Classic Songwriters Award’ on the band, and it was time for Lostprophets to remind the world just how deserved that honour was.
Before the writing and recording process for fifth album, ‘Weapons’, could begin, 2010 needed to be closed out with a series of big experiences. As has become the norm, Lostprophets wowed the massive Reading and Leeds main stage crowd. They then went on to steal the show at Belfast’s Belsonic Festival and about a month later, were asked to participate in the opening ceremony for the Ryder Cup at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Immediately following the Ryder Cup festivities, the band decamped to a private home in Norfolk for an initial round of writing. After Norfolk, Lostprophets moved back to the more familiar turf of Los Angeles to work on developing their existing ideas and creating even more monstrous ones. Studio work began in February 2011 at LA’s NRG Studios with Ken Andrews (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, A Perfect Circle). Now, as 2012 kicks off, the band is ready to share their work with the world.
Lostprophets is a band whose members have known each other since their school days in Pontypridd, South Wales, a group that were friends long before they became bandmates and colleagues. Through their four previous albums – 2000’s ‘fakesoundofprogress’, 2004’s ‘Start Something’, 2006’s number one ‘Liberation Transmission’ and 2010’s ‘The Betrayed’ – the sextet have risen from the clubs of England to the stages of Wembley and other impressive arenas. Almost by stealth, the band have grown, both in songwriting and success, stacking up a dozen or so top 40 singles and selling over 2 million albums worldwide. They have become one of the UK’s biggest rock bands without compromise or flirting with musical fashions, instead choosing to stick with what they believe in and constantly striving to do better, more creatively challenging things.
Lostprophets will be coming to the following venues this spring:
Sun 15 Dublin Olympia
Mon 16 Belfast Ulster Hall
Thu 19 Liverpool O2 Academy 1 0844 477 2000
Fri 20 Manchester Academy 1 0161 832 1111
Sat 21 Leeds O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Mon 23 Birmingham O2 Academy 1 0844 477 2000
Tue 24 Aberdeen Music Hall 0844 499 9990
Wed 25 Glasgow O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Fri 27 Newcastle O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Sat 28 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena 0292 022 4488
Mon 30 Nottingham Rock City 0115 822 1314
Tue 01 Cambridge Corn Exchange 0122 335 7851
Wed 02 Southampton Guildhall 0238 063 2601
Fri 04 London O2 Academy Brixton 0844 477 2000
Tickets are ￡22.50 (London – ￡25) and go on sale Friday 27 January at 9am
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Lostprophets are Ian Watkins (vocals), Jamie Oliver (keyboards, turntables, vocals), Stuart Richardson (bass), Mike Lewis (guitars), Lee Gaze (guitars) and Luke Johnson (drums).