Listen: Young Fathers announce new album ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’, share ‘Rain Or Shine’ track

Read the Mercury Prize-trio’s in-depth explanation behind the new album’s title.

2014 Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers have announced an instant follow-up to ‘DEAD’.

‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ is out this April on Big Dada. It’s being led by ‘Rain or Shine’, a dense, chaotic lead track up to its knees in pop-inclined melodies. 

Sessions for the album took place in Melbourne, Berlin, Edinburgh and London. The Leith Congregational Choir feature on a couple of tracks.

Alongside the new track and album news, Young Fathers’ Alloysious has written about the title ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’. Below, you’ll find a detailed explanation, taken from a previous email exchange between band and management.

“I’m aware of the points we’ve discussed but all that sounds like to me is, we are trying to cater to what other people might think, as if it’s a negative thing, which it’s not. We came at it from a different angle, a positive angle. it’s got issues of race and so what?  Why should alarm bells start ringing, even though in general conversations race, politics, sex and religion are always the subject matter? Why should it be discussed behind closed doors and never confronted head on?

How do we help tackle one of the biggest hinderances in people’s lives and the world… by not putting the question forward and not letting people debate positively or negatively about the statement?  

Motown music helped change the world, made it expectable for blacks to be on radio and seen on tv, MJ did it too.  Martin Luther King wanted equality and achieved it to some degree. But, after all that, are things equal in this world? FUCK NO.  I still want to ask for it (equality) backed with the best music we’ve ever recorded. A pop album, our interpretation of what a pop album should be. 

Weight with words, which is the title plus the pop sensibility of the songs (respectively). 

I wanna stand for something which I helped make. Folk will complain about absolutely anything… Even if it’s it from the purest of intentions you just can’t win.  We don’t make music to please other people or write certain lyrics to do so, either.  Why start now?

When the title was first put forward everybody was excited and 100% there was no fear. That same commitment needs be carried on to make it work despite worries after it’s been digested.”

“Why should alarm bells start ringing, even though in general conversations race, politics, sex and religion are always the subject matter?”

Alloysious, Young Fathers

Listen to ‘Rain or Shine’ above forthcoming Young Fathers dates.

Tracklist:

1) Still Running
2) Shame
3) Feasting
4) 27
5) Rain Or Shine
6) Sirens
7) Old Rock n Roll
8) Nest
9) Liberated
10) John Doe
11) Dare Me
12) Get Started

Young Fathers, 2015 tour dates:

MARCH
06 Bratislava, Electronic Beats Festival
13 Skelmersdale, Live in Libraries+
14 Rochdale, Live in Libraries

APRIL
10 New York, Music Hall of Williamsburg
24 Los Angeles, The Echo

MAY
20 Glasgow, Art School
21 Newcastle, Riverside
22 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
25 Manchester, Gorilla
26 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
27 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
28 London, Koko
29 Brighton, The Haunt
30 Southampton, Engine Rooms

JUNE
01 Gloucester, Guildhall
02 Oxford, Academy 2
03 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
04 Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill
05 Norwich, Arts Centre
06 Sheffield, Academy 2
07 Liverpool, Kazimier

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