Cumbrian punks Colt 45 have revealed the first of their ‘singles club’, which sees the band release six A and B side singles over the course of the year! The first Hard Times comes ahead of their UK tour with Welsh alt-rockers Straight Lines.
Drummer Adam Lewis explains the concept; “In eight years, we’ve never released a proper single before. We’ve promoted lead tracks for all our releases, but we’ve never actually done a single with a B side. We all remember how important singles used to be, and collecting B-sides and rare versions of tracks was always something we loved growing up. So the idea of doing a ‘singles club’ over the next year is a great way to deliver new material regularly and sets everything up nicely for our next album.”
The track will be available on April 24 as a digital download and also on limited edition CDs on the tour!
Vocalist Neil Harper explains of the track; “Hard Times is a song about growing up, changing, coping with the everyday struggles in life. We recorded these tracks just over the Scottish border in Dumfries which is really convenient for us. It’s a relaxed vibe with our friend Grant which has led to some very natural sounding songs. We wanted to approach these tracks in a similar way to last year’s ‘Snakes & Ladders’ EP – we don’t have time or budget to spend weeks in a studio so this way of working feels right for us, and we’re really excited to get these new tunes out there.”
Check out the DIY vide for Hard Times below;
Tour dates with Straight Lines (* Colt 45 only)
27.04 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
28.04 – Liverpool, Shipping Forecast
29.04 – Cheltenham, The Frog & Fiddle*
30.04 – Bridgend, Hobos
01.05 – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
02.05 – Leicester, Duffys