Legendary British punk band, The Damned have released a video today for new single, ‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ taken from Evil Spirits, their new album scheduled for release on Search And Destroy / Spinefarm Records on 13 April. Their first new album in a decade.
The single is described “an optimistic song even though it is about a dark subject, in a world obsessed by ‘self’,” explains legendary frontman Dave Vanian, who also directed the video. “This is a cry for humanity to recognize its humanity, before it’s too late. There is a strong influence of Joe Meek here: ‘Telstar’ was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I’d like to think that Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow reflects a similar sentiment.”
To accompany this up-to-the-minute garage psychedelia, the video depicts a vision of the future from a band whose colourful, anarchic, ever-changing vision has been propelled by an indefatigable creative motor. The Damned have always pushed their sound and message forwards from inception back in 1976 and have no plans to slow down in 2018.
“The exploration and colonization of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future,” adds Vanian on his own work directing the video. “My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet.”
Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow is the first serving from Evil Spirits, produced by another legend from pop’s golden age – Tony Visconti, whose production on innumerable classic albums by David Bowie, T-Rex and more, mark him not only as a master of his craft, but a perfect match for The Damned. Recorded in nine days flat, it’s an album bursting with messages, melodies, with scarcely a second of airtime wasted.
The Damned head out on the Evil Spirits tour this January and February. Main support comes from fabled Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom whilst support at Koko and The Forum comes from Kristeen Young.
The Damned play the following UK shows:
30 January: Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
31 January: Manchester, Academy 1
1 February: Birmingham, O2 Academy
3 February: Leicester, O2 Academy
4 February: Nottingham, Rock City
6 February: Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
7 February: Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
9 February: Cardiff, Great Hall
10th February - Bristol O2, Academy Bristol
11th February - Bournemouth, O2 Academy
13th February - Southampton, O2 Guildhall.
14th February - Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
16th February - Koko, London*
17th February London, O2 Forum.
Evil Spirits will be released on 13 April. Pre-order it here.