West Bromwich's unsigned band WOUNDEDSPiRiT return with single
West Bromwich rockers WOUNDEDSPiRiT are back with a new single this spring.
The former The Ticket Unsigned page stars - who had a busy 2018 releasing their debut album Forever Young and a special World Cup song to rouse spirits ahead of the Three Lions' Russia campaign - will release Taking Back Control on May 3.
Support dates for the album followed last year with Grammy-nominated Big Country and Grammy winners Kentucky Headhunters, which brought the band to a wider audience.
They have seen many line-up changes since they first got together, and only two original members remain. But what they all have in common is that they aren't a band of teenagers with lofty ambitions of global stardom - they are tongue-in-cheek "taking back control for the 40-somethings".
The band were born out of the 80s stadium rock era that gave music U2, The Alarm, Big Country, Something Happens, and their personal heroes Simple Minds.
“We are yesterday’s generation who have become the new generation,” declares lead singer Jason Kelly, from Rowley Regis. "WOUNDEDSPiRiT are shouting it from the rooftops."
The band - all in their 40s - are carrying the torch for all the lost bands of the 80s and 90s who disbanded and never got their music out to the masses.
"Dust off your guitars from the attic, amp them up and play them loud is the message the band are keen to promote," Jason added.
WOUNDEDSPiRiT did take a hiatus, like so many bands of their generation as they grew older. But unlike many of their contemporaries it wasn't permanent. They reformed after 16 years, coming back together for a one-off charity gig.
It created such a buzz that the newly-energized band recorded their first official single, with the accompanying video shot at The Hawthorns, home of their beloved West Bromwich Albion.
That link to The Baggies has remained strong, with shows at the club's former Fan Park coming fairly regularly, and the video for that World Cup single England Stand Up shot there too.
They utilise "big choruses, catchy hooks and old-school songwriting", says Kelly, and that is continued in their latest material.
"Taking Back Control is an 80s alternative retro upbeat journey into all things great with music, already receiving a Reverbnation Artist Spotlight," he added. "It will be WOUNDEDSPiRiT's biggest release to date and will set the tone for our forthcoming album.
"Entitled Diversity, it is due out in 2020 and we have UK tours planned for this and Spring 2020. Who’s to say WOUNDEDSPiRiT won’t be the voice of the new generation?"
The band also hope to have an accompanying video out by the end of the month. For updates on this, follow them on Twitter @WoundedSpirit1