Black Star Riders bemoan the dangers of social media on new single Catch Yourself On

Black Star Riders group portrait
(Image credit: Earache Records)

Black Star Riders have released another single from their upcoming fifth album Wrong Side Of Paradise. The new song, Catch Yourself On, finds frontman Ricky Warwick railing against the dangers of social media.   

“'Catch Yourself On' is a phrase often used in my home country of Northern Ireland," says frontman Ricky Warwick. "It’s used to tell someone to ‘stop being ridiculous’ or ‘to get real’. 

"We’re sadly becoming slaves to technology and social media (guilty as charged). We don’t think twice about sharing our inner most feelings and thoughts with a world of strangers… We seem to be losing the ability to think for ourselves. Technology is controlling us, instead we should be controlling technology. It feels like it’s already surpassing human interaction."

Wrong Side Of Paradise was recorded at Studio 606 in Northridge, California, and Toochtoon Sound in Redmond, Oregon, with longtime producer Jay Ruston. It's the follow-up to 2019's Another State of Grace, the last album the band made with former Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham before he announced his departure from the lineup. 

Gorham will return to the band's touring lineup when they hit the road to celebrate their 10th anniversary with a run of UK dates in February 2023, with support from Michael Monroe and Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons. The Black Star Riders dates are preceded by a series of in-store appearances from Warwick. Full dates below.

Black Star Riders 10th Anniversary UK Tour

Feb 11: Belfast Limelight, UK*
Feb 13: Nottingham Rock City
Feb 15: Norwich UEA
Feb 16: Ipswich Corn Exchange
Feb 17: Manchester O2 Ritz 
Feb 18: Wolverhampton KK's Steel Mill
Feb 19: Leeds O2 Academy
Feb 21: Cardiff Tramshed
Feb 22: Bristol O2 Academy
Feb 23: Glasgow SWG3
Feb 24: Newcastle O2 City Hall 
Feb 26: London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

*support from Trucker Diablo
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Ricky Warwick in-store dates

Jan 20: Edinburgh Assai Records, 1pm
Jan 20: Glasgow LoveMusic, 7pm
Jan 21: Sunderland HMV, 2pm
Jan 21: Newcastle Reflex, 6pm
Jan 22: Leeds Crash Records, 2pm
Jan 22: Huddersfield The Parish, 7pm
Jan 23: Manchester HMV, 6pm
Jan 24: Liverpool Phase One, 7pm
Jan 25: Birmingham HMV The Vault, 6pm
Jan 26: Kingston Banquet Records, 7pm
Jan 27: Norwich Soundclash, 6pm
Jan 28: Crawley HMV, 1pm
Jan 28: Brighton Resident, 6.30pm
Jan 29: Reading HMV, 1pm
Jan 29: Oxford Truck, 6pm
Jan 30: Southsea Pie & Vinyl, 1pm
Jan 30: Southampton HMV, 5pm
Jan 31: London Rough Trade East, 7pm
Feb 01: Cambridge Relevant Record Cafe, 5pm
Feb 02: Leicester HMV 5pm

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 37 years in music industry, online for 24. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.