Suede – Live at Vida Festival, Barcelona – June 30, 2023 – RNE Radio 3 –
Suede to end the week. Recorded only hours ago at the 2023 Vida Festival in Barcelona and broadcast live by RNE Radio 3.
In November 2020 an announcement on the official Suede Facebook page stated that a new album was currently being recorded. The same post also asked for fans to contribute some vocals for some as-yet-untitled tracks. In a BBC interview Anderson suggested that the record would be “nasty, brutish and short.” On 9 July 2021, Music Week revealed that Suede had signed to the BMG label for the release of their next album, though no release date had been confirmed. On 23 May 2022, eighteen months after the band announced that they were recording a new album, Suede revealed the title of their ninth studio album as Autofiction, which was released via BMG on 16 September. On the same day, the band both revealed the name of their lead single as “She Still Leads Me On” and premiered it at a concert at the Cirque Royal in Brussels. The song is inspired by Anderson’s late mother. Speaking about the new album, Anderson said: “Autofiction is our punk record. No whistles and bells. Just the five of us in a room with all the glitches and fuck-ups revealed; the band themselves exposed in all their primal mess”. Speaking to Billboard, Anderson further explained: “our intention was also to recover certain aesthetic lines in the sound … [the] post punk sound is back very strongly in the limelight”.
Two more singles, “15 Again” and “That Boy on the Stage” were released before the album. According to Anderson the former is “a song about falling in love with life for the first time,” and the latter “[is] about persona. It’s about the people we become.” On 12 September, the band announced the dates of a March 2023 UK tour. The 2023 tour is due to begin at Bath’s Forum on 3 March, closing at O2 Academy Brixton on 25 March, 30 years after the band made their debut performance at the London venue in May 1993. On 13 September, the band announced its first United States concert tour since 1997, a co-headlining North American tour with Manic Street Preachers. Both bands will play ten shows in the US and two shows in Canada throughout November. Suede was one of the bands performing at the 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.
Today kicks off a European tour which should keep them on the road until December.
In case you missed it, here is what Suede were up to a few hours ago in Barcelona.
You really do need to play this one loud.
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