Tour of Australia
& New Zealand
9th – 24th March 2018
Bruce Watson and Mike Peters will be appearing on Clyde 2 with Billy Sloan on this Sunday evenings show.
Bruce and Mike will be chatting about the new album “The Journey” and the upcoming UK tour which starts in Glasgow on Friday.
Billy’s show begins at 8pm, and you can listen live via the website.
Big Country‘s new single ‘Hurt’ is a universally shared feeling, loss breaks all barriers of race, religion, or age. The band’s video for the single captures raw visuals that accompany the feeling that comes with their story of loss. ‘Hurt’, ultimately is about the strength we find in this life to carry on when the worst happens.
Now the band wants to see your story. Will you share it with us, with the world? Tell your story, who you lost, what you sacrificed; but ultimately the strength you have found in your life to carry on. It can be anything… A comment on our YouTube Channel or Facebook page of your story, a poem or even a video of yourself telling us your story.
The band will post every video submitted on their Youtube channel.
The band will personally choose a winner who will be announced on July 15th, 2013 (the 30th Anniversary of ‘The Crossing’). They will receive tickets, backstage passes, a premium merchandise package, and dinner with the band for you and a guest at a future Big Country concert of choice.
Please note the winner must provide their own travel and accommodation to the show / dinner.
To enter either post your story / comment / poem below the video for ‘Hurt’ on our YouTube channel or the Facebook post, or if you are submitting a video, upload your video to your Youtube Channel posting the link in a comment or send us the video file using Wetransfer.com to firstname.lastname@example.org
The band will be sharing the significance each clip featured in the video for ‘Hurt’ has daily from Monday 8th April (album release day) midday to 7pm posting one fact every hour daily throughout the week of release for ‘The Journey’ on their Twitter page using the hashtag ‘#hurtfact’
The brand new single ‘Hurt’, from the forthcoming album ‘The Journey’, is now available to download from iTunes.
Big Country and Cherry Red have previewing the album with extended sound clip and exclusive video interviews.
We are delighted to announce the release of our new album ‘The Journey’. The album is available to pre-order on CD and Limited Edition Vinyl from Cherry Red Records and digitally via iTunes and Amazon.
‘The Journey’ was recorded on the Welsh border town of Wrexham in an old cold war nuclear bunker, with 8-feet thick walls and no phone or internet signal, group members found themselves isolated and disconnected from the outside world, allowing for an interesting and productive time in the studio.
Speaking of the record lead singer Mike Peters has said “There are themes of redemption and of coming to terms with a life lived all through this record, and the process has brought us together as a family united and ready to stand proud for what and who we are…..Big Country.”
In addition drummer Mark Brzezicki added “I am looking forward to the next Big Country chapter…. it feels right and fitting that Big Country continue the journey… and as Stuart always said, “When taking a journey, it’s not about the getting there, it’s enjoying the view on the way”
We are pleased to announce, as a countdown to the release of the brand new Big Country album “The Journey”, we will be previewing one new song each day up to the release of the album.
Each track will appear in the playlist on the main page of the website, and under the ‘albums‘ section.
Each exclusive edit will be on the site for one day, so check back each evening for the days track.
The tracks as they appeared were:
Monday – “In A Broken Promise Land”
Tuesday – “The Journey”
Wednesday – “After The Flood”
Thursday – “Hurt”
Friday – “Home of The Brave”
Saturday – “Angels And Promises”
Sunday – “Strong (All Through This Land)”
Monday – “Last Ship Sails”
Tuesday – “Another Country”
Wednesday – “Return”
Thursday – “Winter Fire”
Friday – “Hail And Farewell”
The Journey – Big Country
“It’s an album about hope and redemption,” says Bruce Watson. And from the opening chords of anthemic opener In A Broken Promise Land – a nod, stylistically at least, to Big Country’s early days when the songs he and Stuart Adamson conjured up felt like the equivalent of a Molotov cocktail being lobbed into the midst of ‘80s pop – it’s impossible to ignore the spirit of optimism that burns brightly throughout all 12 tracks of The Journey.
This is the sound of a band being reborn. Fired by those trademark duelling guitars and Mark Brzezicki’s meticulous drum work, The Journey is a tour de force that buzzes with excitement. Though it’s been 14 years since Big Country last released an all-new studio album (just edging Bowie’s decade-long hiatus) it’s a triumphant comeback that feels more like a creative peak.
Through love and loss, from hurt to healing, the songs themselves – like the blazing title track, say, or the aptly-named Return – connect with both the band’s extraordinary past and (on After The Flood or the gorgeous lilting groove of Strong, for instance) deliver a blueprint for what’s still to come.
“It’s a document of a band bereaved but not broken,” insists Mike Peters. And though his voice, at times, sounds uncannily similar to Adamson’s, the golden thread that connects this version of Big Country with those wide-eyed dreamers who first stormed the charts on both sides of the Atlantic back in 1983, is sewn much deeper.
Hurt, for instance, blazes with the kind of quiet intensity that Adamson and Watson first trademarked on The Crossing. In spirit, it’s a successor to the heart-stopping Chance while the brooding Winter Fire seems to draw its inspiration from the most memorable moments of Steeltown, say, or No Place Like Home.
But the album stretches even further back into the band’s roots, to the glorious, adrenalised post-punk rush of The Skids too. While Big Country’s debut single Harvest Home marked the mid-point between The Absolute Game – Adamson’s last full outing with The Skids – and the alchemy he would go on to forge with his new bandmates, The Journey sees them reconnect with those inspired, rapid-fire bursts of guitar genius that influenced everyone from The Edge to James Dean Bradfield.
One of the album’s no-contest highlights, for instance, is The Last Ship Sails. It’s a dizzying rush of chrome guitars, thundering drums and drilling bass – courtesy of new recruit Derek Forbes – that may be the closest anyone’s come yet to replicating the all-out aural assault Adamson hallmarked in the early days of The Skids. And just to square the circle, it’s not Watson – who, fresh out of school, used to watch The Skids from a corner of their rehearsal room – playing that superb guitar solo, but his son Jamie.
Overall, The Journey feels like a bulletin from the rock’n’roll frontline. It’s about good times and bad times, fears and dreams. It’s about dusting yourself off and taking the next step, in spite of a wounded heart, in spite of the worst the world has to offer. It’s about the triumph of hope and, as it turns out, it’s also a three-act masterpiece that mirrors the story of Big Country themselves
Sometimes you’ve got to make the journey …
The new Big Country album ‘The Journey’ finally get’s an airing tonight when leading Scottish Radio DJ Billy Sloan will preview tracks from the forthcoming album (Released April 8th), ahead of an exclusive interview and playback session with Bruce Watson and Mike Peters that will take place a week on Sunday on April 7th.
Billy Sloan has only just received the new album and is so excited about it that he has asked for permission to play some tracks ahead of schedule tonight exclusively on his Billy Sloan Sessions Show on Radio Clyde. Billy’s show is on air from 6 until 10 o’clock. Tune in from 6 PM (GMT) here: www.clyde2.com
The new Big Country single ‘Hurt’ will also premiere exclusively tomorrow night at www.rollingstone.com.
The prestigious American magazine will give the single an exclusive first ever play as the album gears up for a worldwide release along with a Big Country World tour. More information to follow.
Here at www.bigcountry.co.uk we are planning for some exclusive presentations that will be announced tomorrow.
Tonight is the final of the global Battle of the Bands competition, Hard Rock Rising, to be held at The Hard Rock Cafe in Edinburgh.
The judges feature our own Bruce Watson, Jamie Watson and Derek Forbes.
This is a great opportunity to check out the bands of the future!
Information for dates / venues / ticketing can now be found in the GIGS section for all the European Tour Dates.
The band will be playing in 5 mainland European countries on the tour and look forward to having the opportunity once more to play throughout Europe.
Tues 14 May Zoetermeer, The Netherlands : Cultuurpodium
Wed 15 May Saarbruken, GERMANY : The Garage
Thur 16 May Bochum, GERMANY : Zeche
Sat 18 May Mannheim, GERMANY : Alte Seilerei
Sun 19 May Osnabruck, GERMANY : Rosenhaf
Tues 21 May Aschaffenburg, GERMANY : Colossaal
Wed 22 May Hamburg, GERMANY : Markthalle
Thur 23 May Dresden, GERMANY : Tante Ju
Fri 24 May Karlsruhe, GERMANY : Substage
Sat 25 May Vienna, AUSTRIA : Szene Wein
Mon 27 May Basel, SWITZERLAND : Sommercasino
Tues 28 May Milan, ITALY : Tunnel Club
Wed 29 May Memmingen, GERMANY : Kaminwerk
Thur 30 May Bremen, GERMANY : Modernes
“My Life In Five Songs” : Phil Cunningham in conversation with Bruce Watson.
Listen again at BBC iPlayer:
(available for next seven days, until 7th March)
“My Life in Five Songs” is presented by the well-known and respected musician Phil Cunningham (www.philcunningham.com). In the programme Phil invites his guests to pick and talk about five songs or pieces of music that are special to them.
Broadcast today on BBC Radio Scotland, it is 8 minutes of music, 20 minutes of chat, where Bruce picks 5 songs that hold special meanings to him, and discusses his formative years, plus various aspects and memories of life with Big Country.