Ready to Embrace the spotlight

Band Embrace are back with their sixth album after an eight year absence
Band Embrace are back with their sixth album after an eight year absence

Brighouse band Embrace have announced their first full UK tour for more than seven years.

Last week the band was in Scotland and now a nine-date tour of UK venues has been arranged for May. Embrace will be at the O2 Academy in Leeds on May 14 and tickets are now on sale from TicketWeb.co.uk or Gigs andTours.com

In addition the band’s new EP ‘Refugees’ has been released and the first album for eight years will be out on Cooking Vinyl on April 28.

After secret gigs in Halifax and Bradford, Embrace are back and winning over fans new and old with their fresh sound.

Brothers Richard and Danny McNamara along with bass player Steve Firth, keyboard player Mickey Dale and drummer Mike Heaton, who have all had their own musical projects duri ng the band’s break, are enjoying playing together and looking forward to being back on the road.

Richard McNamara has a studio in Halifax and had been working with young bands when he found his enthusiasm for writing new songs was back.

When he had around a dozen new songs, he played them to vocalist Danny and the positive reaction was enough to convince him to get the band together again.

“When we got together, it was great.

“We worked through the ideas at my place, getting the sound and some rules down for what we would and wouldn’t do. I think we have more focus - the sharpness is back.”

The support from loyal fans on social media sites in the build-up to the band’s return and positive reviews of the new single have impressed the Embrace lads and made the hard work of planning the gigs worthwhile.

“We’ve had a great response from the press, radio and music insiders,” he added.

“We’re really looking forward to touring and to the year ahead.”