The long wait is over as Brighouse band Embrace has announced their release date for their first album and single in eight years.
From starting in a shed in Bailiff Bridge, the five piece of Danny McNamara, Richard McNamara, Mike Heaton, Steve Firth and Mickey Dale, have been performing their new material and previous hits at secret gigs over past few months.
Now their self entitled album will be released on April 28 through Cooking Vinyl.
Danny, who attended Hipperholme Grammar School with his brother Richard, said: “The album feels like we’ve come full circle to the band we were before we even got signed, but the clock is ticking louder than it ever has before and everything feels more do or die now.
“All our original influences have floated back to the surface. I have to say that for my part, we’ve never felt more focussed or distilled. I think we’ve done it at last - we’ve finally made an album that’s better than the first one.”
The first release from the band’s new album will be the single ‘Refugees’ which will be released as part of a four-track EP on February 17, giving fans a taster of what lies ahead with three brand new songs - Chameleon, Decades and Bullets - not featured on the new album.
“Richard brought this in as a near finished recording,” said Danny “It was one of the first songs we finished and it really set the bar for the rest of the album.
“To say we have argued over this song would be an understatement.
“I guess you know you’ve got a good one when that happens because everyone gets really precious about it.
“But it was really important to us that all the other tracks are strong too.
“We wanted to go back to how we were at the beginning when we released EPs and every track was as good as the lead track. It feels just like those days, we’re all fired up and hungry for it because we’ve got it all to prove again.”
With three number one albums, six top ten singles, sold out arena shows, over 2.5 million record sales and their last record achieving both number one album and number two single in the charts, Embrace were on the crest of a wave when they suddenly vanished without a trace.
However they are now back and will be playing four intimate gigs in Scotland next month.
To watch the video for Refugees click here