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Lighthouse Family to release new album after eighteen year gap

By | Published on Friday 22 March 2019

Remember the Lighthouse Family? Sure you do. They did all those songs that were offensively inoffensive back in the 90s. Well, they’re back.

After a gap of eighteen years, they’ve signed a new deal with Universal’s Polydor label and are releasing a new album. Titled ‘Blue Sky In Your Head’, it will be bundled with a best of compilation to mark their 25th anniversary as a band.

The duo actually first started trying to put together their fourth album back in 2010, reveals Paul Tucker. But “somehow we couldn’t knock it together in the studio”, he says.

“So we decided to go and do some shows”, he goes on, “to remind ourselves who we are and what we do. As one of the Duran Duran guys said to me: ‘What do you want to go in the studio for? That’s where all the arguments happen! Go and do some gigs’. So, that’s what we did, and it was great”.

So that all worked out. Even though what Mr Duran said doesn’t really apply to the Lighthouse Family anyway. “What happens when Tunde [Baiyewu] and I get in the studio is, we just drift off – we don’t ever row. There’s no shouting or throwing things. In fact we only ever had one argument – but it lasted 20 years!”

Sadly, he doesn’t elaborate on what this two decade argument was about, even though it’s possibly the most interesting thing going on here. But feel free to use this time to imagine what might have caused a 20 year dispute. And while you have a little think about that, you can put on new single ‘My Salvation’, which is out now.

“We’re trying to create something anthemic and uplifting but real”, says Tucker of the song. “That idea of ‘I know the sun’s gonna shine again’, it’s quintessential Lighthouse Family”.

As well as putting out their new album on 3 May, the duo will be heading out on tour in November. Here are the dates:

11 Nov: Birmingham Symphony Hall
13 Nov: Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
14 Nov: Newcastle City Hall
15 Nov: Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
17 Nov: Halifax, The Victoria Theatre
18 Nov: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
20 Nov: Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
21 Nov: Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre
22 Nov: London Palladium