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Wednesday 13 March 2024

After Sixteen Year Break The Zutons Return With New Album The Big Decider and Date @ Chalk Brighton

The Zutons have announced details of their first album together for sixteen years as well as the date of their show at Chalk Brighton
Credit: Jonathan Turton

The Big Decider is out 26th April and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, alongside the band's original producer Ian Broudie. 

The multi-platinum selling band released three studio albums between 2004 and 2008, scoring 9 UK Top 40 singles including two Top 10s with "Why Won"t You Give Me Your Love?" and the all- conquering "Valerie", the latter a triple-platinum hit for Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse

The Big Decider comes into view as an album of stark significance to the band, completed by Dave McCabe (guitar, lead vocals), Abi Harding (saxophone, vocals) and Sean Payne (drums, vocals).


Written against the backdrop of a decade and a half's worth of lived experience, it is born under the weight of family tragedies, lives lost and created, reality checks, and home truths faced up to and stared down. 

Wrestled into shape under the kind of steam that only decades-long friendships - with all their messy fall-outs, make-ups, breakdowns and ultimately love - can muster, the album became the sound of water passing under the bridge, and love for music, love for each other, and love for creating together becoming the most important thing of all.

Curiously, the pandemic seemingly fast-tracked the process of the band's next phase. 

As McCabe characterises that time, shortly before he went into rehab: 

"We were all living together in our own little bubble, plenty of booze and mushrooms and a lot of bonding! It was necessary." 

It was McCabe's subsequent time in rehab that truly sparked a turning point in the positivity of the new album and the joyful experience of putting it together. 

Harding says: 

"Dave has been through an awful lot in the last few years, and these things have obviously really impacted him. But his songwriting has only got better. 

"Now he spends more time on his songs. He's in touch with his own and others" emotions, and that all goes into the songs. It has been so nice to watch him grow. I'm so proud of him."

Talking about the new album, lead singer and guitarist Dave McCabe says: 

"Working with Nile was just an amazing experience, he gave me a confidence that I've never felt before making a record. He's very laid-back as a person and a good listener. 

"It was great to reconnect with Ian Broudie on this record as well. He told me the demo of Big Decider brought a tear to his eye and that's why he said yes to working with us again. 

"It was one of the first songs we wrote for the album so getting that reaction from Ian made me feel like we were doing something right. The song spoke for itself."

Pre-order new album The Big Decider HERE. The Zutons play Chalk Brighton on Monday 22nd April 2024. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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