Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) returns in 2016 with his fourth solo album These People, released on his new Righteous Phonographic Association label via Cooking Vinyl Records on 20th May.
Hold On is the latest single from the album and is now available to stream and comes as an instant grat when you pre-order the album.
Watching personal and world events take a darker turn compelled Richard to record the album, his first new music in six years, and, he says, led to “ a sense of urgency and a clearing of the mind.” While These People addresses such topics as the war in Syria, the Arab Spring uprisings and the death of a friend, it also brims with hope and defiance, as evidenced in the anthemic and sweeping crescendo of new single Hold On.
These People is Ashcroft’s first new album in six years. Recorded in London, it was produced by Richard and longtime collaborator Chris Potter, as well as marking a reunion with Wil Malone, who worked with Richard on the string arrangements on the seminal albums by The Verve A Northern Soul (1995), Urban Hymns (1997), and his debut solo album Alone with Everybody (2000).
Ashcroft will be making a long awaited UK live return when he plays sold out shows on 14th May at Albert Hall in Manchester, 16th May at the Roundhouse in London, and 27th May at the O2 Academy in Glasgow. He will be making further select festival appearances in the summer including the Isle Of Wight as special guest of headliners The Who (full dates below).