Doc Out, Dave In: The Angels Confirm First Album In 12 Years
News posted Thursday, August 9 2012 at 02:00 PM.
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The Angels have announced a new album, their first in a dozen years. Take It to the Streets is the iconic band’s first studio album since 2000’s Left Hand Drive. It’s also their first with Dave Gleeson – frontman of Newcastle’s long-running pub rockers The Screaming Jets – stepping to the mic in place of now-solo former singer Doc Neeson.
Longtime members Rick Brewster, John Brewster and Chris Bailey picked Gleeson after he was invited on stage to sing a few Angels songs at a pub gig by the Brewster brothers in Adelaide. The collaboration spilled over into Sydney’s hallowed Albert Studios a few weeks later, including recently added drummer Nick Norton. They finished four songs in the first two days and had booked a pair of gigs at the Annandale Hotel – which led to a national tour last year – by the third day.
While The Angels soldier on, Doc Neeson has seen better days. In an unflinching Fairfax profile published in June, he is said to have been “pummelled by a wicked cocktail – booze, painkillers, injury, divorce, financial hardship, bitter disputes with his bandmates, depression.”
Produced by the Brewsters, the new Angels album includes new versions of the band's ‘Small Price’ and ‘When the Time Comes’ and a cover of Elvis Costello’s ‘Pump It Up’. The press release singles out “the punk-crash slam of ‘Getting Free’, the rumbling grooves of ‘Some Kind of Hell in Here’ and ‘Life Gets Better’” and “melodic, atmosphere-soaked ballads like ‘The More You Know’, ‘There Comes A Time’ and the haunting ‘Telephone.’” The album will be packaged as a limited 2CD edition with a bonus live disc recorded at QPAC in Brisbane.
Take It to the Streets is due August 31 on Liberator and will be preceded by the single ‘Waiting for the Sun’ – heard on a 2011 EP of the same name – next Monday (August 13). The Angels have booked September tour dates in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, along with A Day on the Green dates in November with Hoodoo Gurus, Baby Animals, James Reyne and Boom Crash Opera. They'll also appear Nov. 17 at Kings Park in Perth with Baby Animals, Ian Moss, James Reyne and Boom Crash Opera.
THE ANGELS ‘TAKE IT TO THE STREETS’ TOUR
Wed, Sept. 19 – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Thurs, Sept. 20 – Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC
Fri, Sept. 21 – Bridge Hotel, Rozelle, NSW
Sat, Sept. 22 – Bridge Hotel, Rozelle, NSW
A DAY ON THE GREEN
Sun, Nov 4 – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD
Sat, Nov 10 – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sat, Nov 24 – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC
Sat, Dec 1 – Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sat, Dec 8 – Josef Chromy Wines, Launceston, TAS