Kino have announced that they’ll release their first album in 13 years on March 23.
Titled Radio Voltaire, it’ll launch via InsideOut Music and sees a reunion for It Bites and Frost* vocalist and guitarist John Mitchell, Marillion bassist Pete Trewavas and It Bites’ keyboardist John Beck. They’ll be joined by Frost* drummer Craig Blundell.
It’ll be the band’s first material since 2005’s Picture, which was reissued on vinyl for the first time in November last year.
Mitchell says: “We actually began the writing process in late August. Pete had a few tunes and so did I, and we went from there.”
Beck has recorded the album as a guest musician, with Mitchell adding: “His keyboard playing is splattered throughout the album, and I’ve also done the odd keyboard part myself.”
- Temples On Mars launch video for So In Love With Your Own Drug
- Steve Hackett announces orchestral Genesis Revisited UK tour
- Alex Lifeson: Rush are basically done
- Our TeamRock+ offer just got bigger. And louder.
Chris Maitland played drums on Kino’s 2005 debut – and he’s been replaced by Blundell in the lineup. “This time around Craig was the obvious choice to be the drummer, as far as I was concerned,” says Mitchell. “I have worked with him so much that there was nobody else in the frame.”
As for the inspiration behind Radio Voltaire, Mitchell reports: “The title sounds very cool and obviously there’s a connection with the band Cabaret Voltaire. But Voltaire himself – the 18th century French philosopher – had a fascination with death, which appealed to me.
“He also stood for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. On top of that, I love the idea of a radio station that would reflect his views on life and cut through the bullshit which seems to be all over politics.
Now, that is the type of radio station I think would reflect what a lot of us want to hear.”
Radio Voltaire will be released on limited edition CD Digipak with bonus tracks, gatefold 180g double vinyl/CD and via digital platforms.
Find the cover art and tracklist below.
Kino Radio Voltaire tracklist
- Radio Voltaire
- The Dead Club
- I Don’t Know Why
- I Won’t Break So Easily Any More
- Temple Tudor
- Out of Time
- Warmth Of The Sun
- Grey Shapes On Concrete Fields
- Keep The Faith
- The Silent Fighter Pilot
- Temple Tudor (Piano Mix)
- The Dead Club (Berlin Headquarter Mix)
- Keep The Faith (Orchestral Mix)
- The Kino Funfair