Photo by Brian Kremkau
Nearly four years after launching a campaign to fund the project, Dave Wakeling’s oft-touring incarnation of The English Beat is preparing to release a brand-new studio album — the first from Wakeling under the Beat imprint since 1982’s Special Beat Service.
The album, Here We Go Love, will be credited to The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, and is now available for pre-order in a wide variety of formats and packages via Pledge Music. It’s due out in May.
At the time the crowdfunding campaign was launched in 2014, the new album was pitched as the first from The Beat in 32 years. In 2016, however, Ranking Roger’s version of the band — The New English Beat featuring Ranking Roger — released its own studio album, called Bounce.
Neither incarnation of the band features any other original members.
An instrumental version of the new album’s title track can be streamed on the Pledge Music site, and, below, check out a solo performance of the forthcoming first single.
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