Sunday, June 16, 2024

Same Damn Thing with Albany Down

UK blues rock band Albany  Down release their new album, Born In  The Ashes, on Friday 1st September, and ahead of that is the second single taken from it, with ‘Same Damn Thing‘ available on all streaming platforms right now.

‘Same Damn Thing’ has a hint of Motown about it,” said Albany Down’s guitarist and vocalist Paul Turley. “The premise of the song is about feeling of being stuck in a rut, unable to escape your worries.” 

You can stream/purchase the single by clicking here and check out the video for it right here at RAMzine.

Featuring drummer and backing vocalist Pete Hancock, and bassist and backing vocalist Ben Atkins, alongside Turley, the band initially pulled together classic rock and British blues rock influences, but by their 2011 debut album, South Of The City, they found their own sound, and have since recorded four studio albums with producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME, Super Furry Animals).

In 2013 the band stepped up to the plate with 12 original well-crafted songs on their formidable second album Not Over Yet, including the 2013 ISC award winning Best Blues Song – ‘You Ain’t Coming Home’. With the release of their third album The Outer Reach in 2016, Albany Down won many new fans touring in the UK and The Netherlands. They were voted winners of the 2016 UK Song Writing Competition for Best Rock Song for ‘Feeding the Flame’, Best Music Video, and voted #5 Best Album of 2016 by Blues Rock Review

In 2020 they released Born In The Ashes, that like previous albums has a strong “overcoming adversity” theme, inspired by those darkest days during the 2020/22 global pandemic followed by war in Ukraine, political, civil, and economic unrest. The new album was recorded at Rockfield Studios with Haver bringing together the same recording and production team as he used on all previous Albany Down albums.

“We all came to the band with different but related musical influences,” said Turley. “I wanted to build on those and write and play music that was all our own and contemporary. We enjoyed working with Greg and his team and he has undoubtedly enabled us to expand both our musical horizons and our self confidence in trying out new things.”

Tracks featured on Born In  The Ashes are: ‘Always Want What You Can’t Have’, ‘Good News’, ‘Same Damn Thing’, ‘The Memory Of What Used To Be’, ‘Reflections’, ‘Born In The Ashes’, ‘Darkest Day’, ‘Kingdom of the Blind’, ‘Don’t Look Back’, ‘I’ll Come Running’, ‘Your Days Are Numbered’, ‘This Heavy Soul’ and ‘Let Your Love Shine’.

Available on CD, digitally and on vinyl it can be ordered here.

’You Always Want What You Can’t Have’ is one of the first songs I wrote for the new album,” said Turley regarding their previous single release. “It was also the first song we recorded at Rockfield. The lyrics of the songs are both potent and relevant to those who are never satisfied with what they have in life.”

The band have also made a music video for that one. Recorded at The Musician in Leicester, and you can also check it out here at RAMzine and stream the single here. 


SATURDAY 12th AUGUST: THE KINGS ARMS, 24 St. Mary’s Street, Bedford, MK42 OAS.
FRIDAY 1st SEPTEMBER: THE GREYSTONES, Greystones Road, Sheffield, S11 7BS.
SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER: QUAINTWAYS LIVE, 12-16 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2SA.
MONDAY 16th OCTOBER: THE TEMPERANCE, 33 Bath Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 3AF.
FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER: THE GRIFFIN EARLESTOWN, Earle Street, Newton-Le-Willows, WA12 9LR.
(Supporting Chantel McGregor).

Tickets available here.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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