Justin Currie, the lead singer and songwriter of Scottish pop-rock band Del Amitri, is set to release Lower Reaches on Compass Records on April 15th. The new album is the follow-up to Currie's 2010 critically acclaimed project The Great War which garnered 4 star reviews and earned Currie the moniker of "a songwriter's songwriter" from Mojo. On Lower Reaches, Currie's pop sensibilities and radio ready vocals are ever present, but it's his songwriting that is perhaps most striking. The new set of self-penned songs show Currie emerging as a writer of great depth and sensitivity, deftly examining life, relationships and the human condition, albeit delivered with the healthy dose of cynicism and wit that his fans have come to count on.
Currie wrote most of the songs on Lower Reaches during a solitary songwriting retreat on the Isle of Skye off the coast of Scotland. Hunkered down in a remote cottage in the shadow of The Cuillins, the mountain range that dominates the Hebridean island, Currie had no internet and no mobile phone, just an acoustic guitar, a piano, and a ghetto-blaster on which to record his ideas. "I suppose it was a bit like my Brill Building," he smiles. "You're being your own boss and putting yourself under pressure to write." Currie wrote fifteen songs in eleven days, something of a personal best in terms of rapid-fire delivery. When it came time to capture the music in the studio Currie traveled to Austin, Texas to work with producer Mike McCarthy (Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Spoon, Patty Griffin, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead). The process was, in Currie's words, "a brilliant experience" and the resulting tracks have been heralded by the UK press as among the songwriter's recent best.
As singer and main songwriter in Del Amitri, formed in Glasgow in 1983, Currie wrote many of their biggest hits including 'Roll To Me', 'Always The Last To Know', and 'Nothing Ever Happens'. During their long and distinguished career, Del Amitri released four Top 10 albums, including 'Waking Hours' (1989), which sold over a million copies in the UK alone.
Justin Currie will be on tour in support of Lower Reaches in the following markets:
April 21 Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel
April 22 New York, NY - City Winery
April 24 Chicago, IL - Schubas
April 25 Evanston, IL - SPACE
April 26 Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
April 29 Denver, CO - The Soiled Dove Underground
April 30 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
May 2 Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall
May 3 Santa Monica, CA - McCabe's Guitar Shop
May 4 Los Angeles, CA - Largo
May 6 Scottsdale, AZ - The Western
May 8 Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theatre
May 9 & 10 Austin, TX - Cactus Café
May 13 Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
May 14 Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle
May 16 Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
*All tickets on-sale Friday, February 21