Manchester indie-band The Courteeners are to issue a newly recorded ‘unplugged’ version of their their debut album St. Jude in April next year and will play two celebratory concerts around the same time: a Teenage Cancer Trust gig at The Royal Albert Hall and a Manchester Arena show.
Speaking of the decision to re-record the album, frontman Liam Fray said:
“We were looking for a way to mark the 10 year anniversary of the release of St. Jude … we thought it might be worth at least raising a little glass to celebrate the fact that we’re still here. I’d been out on an acoustic tour this autumn, re-working and revisiting tunes from the back catalogue, stripping them back, bigging them up and experimenting with some different interpretations. The string section were incredible and unknowingly nudged me into unlocking something special. I loved revisiting all the old songs and putting a new twist on them. So, the day after the final date of my solo tour, I gingerly prised myself out of bed, booked a studio, rang the band, brought in some string-players and we ‘re-did’ St. Jude in a few days. And it sounds fucking brilliant”.
St Jude was originally issued in 2008 and reached number four in the UK album charts. Most of the album was produced and mixed by Stephen Street, best known for his work with The Smiths, Morrissey and Blur.
Pre-order St. Jude: Re-wired will be released on 6 April 2018.
You can pre-order it via the band’s official store.