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News: The Xcerts announce new album ‘Hold On To Your Heart’

At long last, Brighton 3 piece THE XCERTS can announce details on their brand new album ‘Hold On To Your Heart’, which is set for release on the 19th January, 2018 through Raygun Records.

“Hold On To Your Heart is about finding a pinhole of light in the dark and turning it into the sun. We really did shoot for the stars with this one.” When Murray Macleod, frontman of THE XCERTS, surmises the band’s new album, it’s with the same wild-eyed enthusiasm and passion with which he pens sing-along modern pop anthems infused with a thick layer of 80’s heartland rock. His proclamation of how music can turn the smallest pinprick of light into a dazzling solar spectacle is the motivating thread that weaves throughout the album. ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ is a bold, pure love letter to a bygone era inked by a sentimental hopeless romantic.

The band looked to the classics as a vessel with which to deliver these songs; shying away from contemporary influences and digging into the deep-rooted rich tapestry once weaved by Springsteen and Petty, THE XCERTS throw-back to more innocent times, where the boy gets the girl and lives happily ever after. They yearn for a simpler time where dreams were made for living. “We were going for a timeless, stripped back sound,” says Murray. “The mantra in the studio was we wanted it to feel classic but have a modern twist, which is not an easy feat to pull off. We wanted people to listen to the record and just think anything’s possible; we were trying to capture the ending of (seminal 1985 John Hughes movie) The Breakfast Club. It’s about that feeling of wanting to be outside and experiencing life; don’t sit in your house looking at the girl on Facebook, go get the girl!”

‘Hold On To Your Heart’ is a cathartic listen, an exorcism of personal demons scored to an invigorating soundtrack through the eyes of a passionate idealist. THE XCERTS writes euphoric anthems about falling in love no matter how bleak the darkness gets. They capture that magical moment where you first fixed eyes with someone across the room and started feeling butterflies at the pit of your stomach. The only music THE XCERTS will ever be able to write is going to come straight from the heart and aim straight for the gut. “I am someone who romanticises pretty much everything and anything” he admits “but I also wanted it to be something pure, real and honest. We want to make people feel like anything is possible whilst listening to this record.”

Murray on the new single – “(new single) ‘Daydream’ was actually the first song we wrote that made the album as we had written a batch of songs prior that weren’t up to scratch. ‘Daydream’ was the lightbulb moment in regards to the 80’s influence which is across the record. Musically it was very much inspired by Rick Springfield and Cheap Trick, we wanted to make an upbeat power pop anthem for people to run wild to and lyrically it’s about not taking loved ones for granted. You never know when they’ll exit your life, and when they do, it may feel like the things you shared and experienced with them was one big daydream. Cherish love.”

‘Hold On To Your Heart’ purchase link – HERE

Recent single ‘Feels Like Falling In Love’ was debuted on the Radio 1 Rock Show as its Rockest record/track of the week and went onto go on the Kerrang!, Radio X and MTV Rocks playlists. It is also currently on 1.5 million streams on Spotify after only 6 weeks. Watch the video – HERE

The band will be on the Nothing But Thieves European Tour as main support, tickets on sale now. Their own headline UK dates through Sept/October are now on sale and selling fast. All dates for both tours are below.

UK Tour – Headline
September
29th – The Haunt, Brighton
30th – Bodega, Nottingham

October
1st – Brudenell Games Room, Leeds
3rd – St Luke’s Church, Glasgow
4th – Tunnels, Aberdeen SOLD OUT
5th – Think Tank, Newcastle
7th – Neighborhood Festival, Manchester
8th – Exchange, Bristol SOLD OUT
9th – Flapper, Birmingham
10th – Scala, London

Nothing But Thieves – Main Support
November 
23rd – Brussels, Botanique
24th – Amsterdam, AFAS Live
25th – Cologne, Luxor
27th – Berlin, Lideo
28th – Warsaw, Progresja
30th – Prague, Rock Café

December
1st – Vienna, Szene
2nd – Milan, Magnolia
3rd – Zurich, Dynamo
5th – Munich, Strom
6th – Frankfurt, Zoom
7th – Luxembourg, Atelier
9th – Paris, Le Petite Bain

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