Courteeners announce new album ‘Pink Cactus Cafe’ and release first single - how to listen

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Courteeners have brought rumours and speculation to an end by announcing their seventh studio album. ‘Pink Cactus Cafe’ will be released on October 25 - with the first single off the record out now.

It’s been over four years since Courteeners last released new music. ‘More. Again. Forever’ was dropped in January 2020, and many fans have been waiting a long time to see what the next step for the band was. 

Today, that wait is over. The band formed in Middleton have announced their seventh studio album ‘Pink Cactus Cafe’, and other big names from music have played a part in the creation of it. 

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Courteeners are back with brand new music (Photo: Michael Clement)Courteeners are back with brand new music (Photo: Michael Clement)
Courteeners are back with brand new music (Photo: Michael Clement) | Michael Clement

Friends of the band including DMA'S, Brooke Combe, James and Ian Skelly of The Coral and Blossoms bassist Charlie Salt are amongst those who feature. The October wait might have been a bit too long for some, and so to give fans a taste Courteeners have released the first single from the album.

 ‘Solitude of The Night Bus’ is out now and available to listen to through The Courteeners website. This was a bit part of the teaser video released by the band last night. 

Frontman Liam Fray said: “The last record came out on the cusp of lockdown so straight away I went into panic (writing) mode...on my own but with no real plan. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a side project, Courteeners, or a solo project. Just songs. 

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“Everything was up in the air. So, it wasn’t necessarily a Courteeners sound… I started reaching out on my Indie Rolodex as a bit of fun really, and it’s ended up being the most collaborative and rewarding thing we’ve ever done. It’s a real collage of an album, we threw everything into the melting pot. Cam & Cones have brought their magic to these songs, along with... to name a few.... DMA’S, Charlie from Blossoms, Theo from Hurts., James Skelly and his percussion genius of a brother - Ian, and two of the best vocalists out there in Brooke Combe and Pixey. 

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“It’s the most collaborative thing we’ve ever done, and we couldn’t be happier. Four and half years in the making, we genuinely believe it’s the best set of songs we’ve released into the world since St. Jude… we hope you buzz off them as much as we do.”

Courteeners full track listing for new album ‘Pink Cactus Cafe’

  • Sweet Surrender (featuring Brooke Combe)
  • Weekend Shy Of A Feeling
  • Pink Cactus Cafe
  • Where Are We Now?
  • The Beginning Of The End (featuring DMA’S)
  • Solitude of the Night Bus
  • First Name Terms (featuring Pixey)
  • Lu Lu
  • Love You Any Less
  • Bitten By Unseen Teeth

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