The reconfigured Big Country — with The Alarm’s Mike Peters filling in for the late frontman Stuart Adamson and the recent addition of original Simple Minds bassist Derek Forbes — is due to release The Journey, the band’s first new album in 14 years, next month, and is previewing the disc with first single “Hurt,” which you can stream below via Rolling Stone.
The band also is unveiling a new song each day on its website in the lead-up to the album’s release.
Of the new album, Peters tells Rolling Stone:
“After all that has happened to Big Country in its 30-year history, it would have been easy to say ‘no’ to the notion of making a new Big Country record, but as a cancer survivor and someone who was inspired by the words ‘Stay Alive’ from their signature song ‘In a Big Country,’ I chose to say ‘yes.'”
The record is due out April 8 in the U.K. and April 30 in the U.S., and the band is committed to extensive touring, with a nearly 30-date tour of the U.K. and Europe this spring followed by U.S. dates in June and July that currently are being rolled out.
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