Co. Down swamp rockers The Answer have scheduled 17th March - St Patrick's Day - as the release date for new single 'In This Land', via Napalm Records. Taken from last year's critically acclaimed 'Solas' release, the track has been described as; "a soaring paean to their Northern Irish culture".
'In This Land', which was recently performed live as part of a set on Vintage TV (see clip below), sees The Answer bring to life a land of "heroes, criminals and stars." Referencing influences such as Van Morrison, Alex Higgins and Rory Gallagher, the song not only acknowledges the success of local boys made good, but also tips a hat to the many diverse local characters and talent that make up this unique landscape of ‘Irish-ness’. Welcome also to the world of ‘Crazy Joe’ and the 'Mystery Men’, a fictional band of armchair socialists and freedom fighters whose alcohol-induced views dissipate into reality with every passing sunrise.
Says singer Cormac Neeson; “The song is about growing up in Northern Ireland and the sense of cultural identity that such an upbringing spawns. It’s a very colourful and wonderful place, at times contradictory, at times tragic but always unique and oh so memorable. It’s something we’re all very proud of; our little land has been responsible for its fair share of heroes, criminals and stars!”
With 'In This Land', The Answer have gone back to their roots and rediscovered their inner selves bringing to the fore a much more contemporary and mainstream sound, utilising acoustic guitars, mandolins and layered chorus harmonies. Never have they sounded so fresh and this new sonic approach has garnered some of the best international reviews the band have ever had.
The Answer kick off their UK and Irish tour next month, starting in their hometown of Belfast on 24th February. The full list of dates is as follows:
Feb 24th - Belfast, Limelight
Feb 25th - Dublin, Academy 2g
Feb 26th - Dorset, Winters End Festival (Headliners)
Feb 28th - Bristol, Fleece & Firkin
Mar 1st - Cardiff, Globe
Mar 2nd - Southampton, Engine Rooms
Mar 3rd - Manchester, Band On The Wall
Mar 4th - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms