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West Country rockers Reef return with their first album in 18 years, their first album since 2000’s ‘Getaway’

West Country rockers Reef return with their first album in 18 years,  their first album since 2000’s ‘Getaway’.

Recorded in Ireland with Producer George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes, Primal Scream, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), it’s the bands first record with new guitarist Jesse Wood.

“We didn’t want to just make a good record, we wanted to make a great record,” says Reef vocalist Gary Stringer of ‘Revelation’. “We were writing the songs for two and a half years, road-testing them when we were on tour. We’d play four or five new songs every night, really watching the crowd. If their eyes glazed over or they went to the bar, then we dropped those songs! But if a song engaged with them – a melody they can hook into, a guitar riff – then that was a real pointer for how we went about it. Hopefully that’s helped make the album is as strong as it is.”

And the result of all that hard work is an album worth the long, long wait.  From big rock anthems like album opener ‘Revelation’ and the Led Zeppelin inspired ‘Just Feel Love’, to deep blues of ‘Don’t Go Back’ and the radio friendly pop of current single ‘My Sweet Love’ (which features the vocal talents of Sheryl Crow), ‘Revelation’ is a relentless success.

After an 18 year absence Reef return with an album louder and more mature than any other Reef album, but as enjoyable and essential as anything they’ve ever done.

You can see Reef live at one of the following venues…

May
4             Academy, Manchester (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
5             Digbeth Arena, Birmingham (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
6             Eventim Apollo, London (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
10           Sub89, Reading
11           Concorde 2, Brighton
12           Waterfront, Norwich
18           Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
19           O2 Academy, Glasgow (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
20           O2 Academy, Newcastle (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
24           O2 Academy, Leeds (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
25           Motion, Bristol (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
26           Guildhall, Portsmouth (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
27           LeeStock Music Festival, Suffolk
31           Green Room, The Academy, Dublin
June
1            Harmony Live 2018, Holywood, County Down
23          Beautiful Day Out At Eden, Eden Project, Cornwall
July
8              B LOVE Festival, Basingstoke
August
24      Watchet Festival, Somerset

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