The Scarborough News

New album and tour will delight star singer’s fans

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Rag’n’Bone Man has collected a lot of glitter during his short but incredibly successful musical career.

The soul singer’s first album Human went fourtimes platinum following its release in 2017 and became the fastest-selling debut album by a male artist during the 2010s. He’s also scooped BRIT and Ivor Novello awards.

So there is eager anticipati­on over his new album Life by Misadventu­re, which comes out on May 7.

Rumoured to be a slight departure from Human sonically, it sees Rag’n’Bone Manexplore inspiratio­ns from Radiohead to Americana.

The record was made just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. The British born singer-songwriter said: “We went over to Nashville this time last year as it was just as the pandemic hit that we were over there.

“We had three weeks set out to record the album then they said ‘you’ve got to quarantine for two weeks when you get there’ so it was me, my keys player and bass player who I brought out to play on the album, and we had to stay in this house, which was next door to the studio.

“But we weren’t allowed in the studio. We just had to spend two weeks by ourselves in the house, which was so frustratin­g!

“We had nothing to do for two weeks, but we started rehearsing the songs a little bit between us, and then realised we only had a week to record the whole album.”

“It forced us to make the decision to just record the album as if it were live and put everyone in place. We just played it until we got it right and it was the best decision, even though we were forced to do it.

“It was the best decision ever, because when I listen to it now, I can visualise where all the instrument­s are in the room, and it feels like I’m standing there again, and that’s what I wanted in the first place, so it works out perfectly.”

Fans have already had two sneak previews of the album in the form of singles. All

You Ever Wanted came out earlier this year, while his collaborat­ion with US singer P!nk, Anywhere Away From Here was recently released.

Rag’n’Bone Man said of the duet: “This song is an honest reflection of wanting to disappear from uncomforta­ble situations - about the vulnerabil­ities that we all face. It’s an honour to have P!nk on this record and I’m so glad she is able to be a part of it.”

The album was finished in the artist’s home town of Brighton. He can’t wait to take it out on the road in the autumn. A 12-date UK tour has been announced, beginning at Brighton Centre on October 17.

He said: “It’ll be well emotional because I haven’t sung most of the songs in public before properly. Apart from a couple... and so I don’t really know how they’re going to make me feel.

“That’s always the worry that, when you write the songs and you’re in the moment when you write them it’s great, but then when you have to play them in front of people and you have to look people in the face when you’re saying these things, it’ll be too emotional. But I’m ready for it.”

Rag’n’Bone Man said he is particular­ly looking forward to playing in Bristol on October 22 and in Manchester a week later. He likes the former because he has loads of friends and family there who usually descend on the gig and end up having a big party afterwards.

Whereas, he loves Manchester’s mad crowds. He said: “I just can’t wait to see people to be honest. I just want to see people’s faces. I can’t wait.”

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