Monday, June 17, 2024

The Answer… New Single, Album Due & 2023 UK Tour Ahead!

Northern Irish rockers The Answer make a spectacular and long-awaited return with the release of their first studio single in almost seven years and news of a Europe-wide tour that will follow their appearance as special guests at this year’s Planet Rockstock Festival.

‘Blood Brother’ is the title of the new single, officially released on Friday 14th October, with a brand-new video for ‘Blood Brother’ out now that you can check out here at RAMzine – A power-keg anthem, harkening back to their early sound but with a very contemporary alternative rock twist, as produced and mixed by rising British rock producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow).

“Our new track ‘Blood Brother’ is a thundering slab of positive energy created by four brothers who quite frankly just really missed each other,” declared lead singer and front man Cormac Neeson.

“We’re back and we had more fun writing and recording this new music than we’ve ever had. We truly believe this could possibly be the best album we’ve ever recorded, and ‘Blood Brother’ is a very special track for us!”

As noted, ‘Blood Brother’ precedes the band’s comeback performance as special guests at the Planet Rockstock Festival on 3rd December, where fans will get their first taste of The Answer for a very long time with classic catalogue tracks as well as the latest music from a, soon to be released, new seventh studio album. 

In support of this, the band has also announced a very special run of limited capacity UK and European album shows in March 2023 that will showcase the new album in its entirety as well as classic The Answer tracks, and thereafter be followed by dates across Europe.

“We have been waiting to make this announcement for some time and are so excited to be able to perform once again at these UK and European album launch shows,” said Neeson. “It’s been almost since years since our last gig, and you better believe we are both nervous and pumped at getting back in front of our fans with our new music. Look forward to seeing you down the front!”

Emerging into the rock world spotlight in 2005, their debut single ‘Keep Believin’’ led to The Answer receiving the Best New Band award at that year’s Classic Rock Awards. The following year, the young band consolidated that early promise with Rise, a debut album that went on to sell over 125,000 copies worldwide on the independent Albert Productions rock label, a startling debut achievement.

The ensuing years saw the band cement their reputation, both as a live band and as among rock’s brightest hopes, securing high profile support slots with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and a two-year stint on AC/DC’s 2008 Black Ice tour, that took them around the world and into some of the biggest venues on the planet. 

“We were thrown to the wolves a lot of nights on the road with AC/DC and all we had to fall back on was the four of us playing together” recalled lead guitarist Paul Mahon. “We had to make it work and dig in really hard. It was an incredible rock baptism”.

In 2019, long time uber-fan and international independent hard rock label Golden Robot founder, Mark Alexander-Erber, fulfilled a life-long ambition by signing The Answer for their forthcoming brand-new seventh studio album, due for release in 2023; a record that, in the words of Alexander-Erber will be The Answer’s “Greatest balls out straight ahead rock album ever’, eclipsing the debut of Rise for power, songs and sheer attitude. To say I am excited is an understatement, for me it’s a life-long ambition and privilege to work with these guys”

With over 300,000 catalogue album sales under their belt and considered one of the forebearers of what is now colloquially known as the New Wave of Classic Rock, The Answer are said to be thrilled to release ‘Blood Brother’, a track they feel “represents a truly powerful comeback after a long time away from the scene.”

You can also check out The Answer at both Spotify and Apple digitally.

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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