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To celebrate the release of our new album ‘The Journey’ we have decided to hold a competition… and entering could not be simpler! Take a picture that you thinks symbolises ‘The Journey’ and upload it to Twitter using the hashtag #bcthejourney (all in lowercase). This image could be taken on your way to work, while walking the dog, while on the way to one of our shows in April or May or anything that you feel represents your own ‘Journey’.
We can accept any images uploaded using Instagram, Twitpic, yFrog, Flickr and Plixi. Just remember the hashtag! Please ensure all entries are your own or the content poster will be held responsible for any claims against the content.
All images uploaded using the hashtag (#bcthejourney) will be showcased on a special section of the official Big Country website (along with some of our own ‘Journey’ snaps), and we will personally choose the winner in June. The winner of the competition will receive a personalised copy of ‘The Journey’ signed by all the band. We have uploaded a few examples and we will continue to do so throughout the tour. You can see these by visiting the dedicated page on this site!
We are pleased to report that the brand new album from Big Country, “The Journey” has hit the charts at number 37 in it’s first week of release.
This is fantastic news, and the rehearsal room is buzzing with the news. The band are overwhelmed by the support of the fans and can’t wait to hit the stage in Glasgow on Friday.
We are pleased that we will have two great musicians joining us for The Journey Tour.
Our first tour support is Dave McPherson.
Dave is a member of alt-metal outfit InMe, but he is also a great solo performer. Dave is also a prolific live act, performing over 200 shows last year alone.
Our main tour support will be Simon Townsend. A familiar name … and someone who has generated comments like this…
It’s great to have them making the journey with us.
The tour supports will appear as follows.
Glasgow – Dave McPherson
Aberdeen – Dave McPherson
Newcastle – Simon Townsend
Liverpool – Simon Townsend
Sheffield – Simon Townsend, Dave McPherson
Manchester – Simon Townsend, Dave McPherson
Southampton – Simon Townsend, Dave McPherson
London – Simon Townsend, Dave McPherson
Cardiff – Simon Townsend, Dave McPherson
Wolverhampton – Simon Townsend, Dave McPherson
Norwich – Simon Townsend, Dave McPherson
Reading – Simon Townsend, Dave McPherson
Dublin – Local Support (to be confirmed)
Belfast – Local Support (to be confirmed)
Due to unforeseen circumstances and scheduling issues, Big Country’s appearance on BBC Breakfast News has been postponed until further notice, as well as the band’s appearance at the London Forum on April 21st, which will now take place on the later date of June 2nd (all tickets remain valid).
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We’re pleased to announce that the Aberdeen show has Sold Out.
Please find dates as follows:
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 email@example.com
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 …