The Wildhearts announce new album, 21st Century Love Songs, and UK tour

The Wildhearts 2021
(Image credit: Graphite Records)

The Wildhearts will release a new album, 21st Century Love Songs, in September.

The follow up to Classic Rock’s Album of 2019, the brilliant Renaissance Men, 21st Century Love Songs is set for release on September 3 via Graphite Records.

Renaissance Men reminded me of our first album, Earth Vs The Wildhearts,” says Ginger Wildheart.No one knew how the fans and press would receive it, so it was balls-to-the-wall rock and fuck 'em if they don't like it.” 

“Going in again, for 21st Century Love Songs, naturally reminded me of our second album, PHUQ, where we got to flex our creative muscle, and show everyone what we're capable of. This time we let the songs simmer until absolutely ready. We let the theme of the album present itself. 

"There's a subtlety to this album, something that people don't often associate with The Wildhearts, and a sense of adventure in the unorthodox arrangements of the songs. This is where I become a fan of the band, when we ditch the rule book and just follow our instinct. Sarcastic, fun, angry, proud, experimental and belligerent, all wrapped up in a big 'fuck you', this is the sound of the band in their natural habitat. This time we're in control.”

The Wildhearts premiered one new song from the album, Splitter, during a livestream performance on April 17: the livestream, which also features more than 90 minutes of interviews with the band conducted by Frank Turner, and a 47 minute cookery lesson from CJ Wildheart,  is still available to purchase. The performance of Splitter is one of the extras on the Deluxe edition of the livestream. 

21st Century Love songs is available to pre-order now.

The band have also announced an 18-date UK tour in September/October to promote the album. 

The Wildhearts’ autumn headline tour

Sep 03: Tramshed Cardiff
Sep 04: Bristol SWX
Sep 05: Exeter Phoenix
Sep 06: Frome Cheese & Grain
Sep 08: Manchester Academy 2
Sep 09: London Electric Ballroom
Sep 10: Norwich Waterfront
Sep 11: Brighton Chalk
Sep 12: Bournemouth Madding Crowd
Sep 15: Wolverhampton KKs Steel Mill
Sep 16: Gloucester Guildhall
Sep 17: Newcastle Boiler Shop
Sep 18: Leeds Stylus
Sep 20: Galashiels Mac Arts
Sep 21: Stirling Tolbooth
Sep 22: Aberdeen The Lemon Tree
Sep 24: Sheffield Foundry
Sep 25: Southampton Engine Rooms
Oct 01: Skegness Great British Alternative Festival
Oct 02: Milton Keynes MK11
Oct 15: Northampton Roadmender
Oct 16: Cornwall Rocks
Nov 05: Birmingham MMH Radio 10 Year Birthday Bash
Nov 11: South Shields Hedworth Hall
Nov 12: Inverness Monsterfest

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