I got a chance to see Underworld this summer at the Hollywood Bowl and the experience reinvigorated my inner Underworld fanboy.
I've been a huge fan of the band since dubnobasswithmyheadman came out in the early 90s but as with most things time passes and you forget.
It's been a while since Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have put out an album, almost five years actually. That's a long time by today's standards where artists are dropping a new track almost biweekly; Underworld is moving at a glacial pace.
I'm cool with that; sometimes it's nice to drift away and come back to one of your favorite bands with fresh ears. Anticipation is sometimes part of the fun, and that is completely lost in today's musical ecosystem of "I want it now."
They gave us a nice little preview of the new album to whet our appetites a bit; you can listen to the snippets below.
Another piece of good news is that the record will be released on legendary imprint Astralwerks, one of my long-time favorites who gave us such acts as The Chemical Brothers and Fat Boy Slim.
"We're really excited to be working with the team at Astralwerks...they've been a constant in the world of electronic music throughout our career and it's fantastic to finally work with them on our new album," said Underworld's Karl Hyde and Rick Smith.
Official Press Release:
Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future - the duo's first studio album since 2010's Barking - finds Underworld creatively reborn. Its seven tracks are fleet-footed, raw and spontaneous - a direct result of a strict working process in the studio that saw the band members write entirely new music each time they met. That process has helped produce an album that stands alongside the recently reissued classics dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest In The Infants, Underworld's first and second albums. The tour that followed the reissues included a sold-out show at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl in June of 2015, which prompted the Los Angeles Times to marvel, "Underworld mesmerizes...On a revelatory night of giddy release, Underworld turned the Bowl into a massive party..." Visit underworldlive.com for touring news.