The Popes return with their new album in March 2012 – the follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed 'Outlaw Heaven'. 'New Church' is the band's strongest album to date - from punked up blitzkreig of opener 'Storming Heaven' to the rousing Celtic tones of 'How Many Bullets', from the feelgood anthem that is 'Alice' to the Bond theme-esque vibe of the brooding 'In A Broken Dream'.
The album also features a stunning guest slot from Howard Marks on 'Throw Down Your Aces'. The album was produced by The Popes.
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The band are an established live draw. March 2012 will see them on a full UK tour as main support to The Stranglers with festivals and further dates to follow later in the year.
Shane MacGowan formed The Popes to record his album 'The Snake' in 1994 after leaving The Pogues. The band released two studio albums and a live album with Shane but have gone onto record a further three albums with Paul (Mad Dog) McGuiness taking charge of lead vocals. 'New Church' is the band's fourth album.
The current line up of The Popes are Paul (Mad Dog) McGuinness - Guitar and Vocals, Charlie Hoskyns - Guitars and Backing Vocals, Will Morrison - Drums and Backing Vocals, Dave Allen – Fiddle and Backing Vocals, Jim McAllister – Bass and Backing Vocals and Whiskey Mick – Mandolin and Backing Vocals.
Full UK dates (with The Stranglers) – all March 2012:
Thursday 1st Leeds O2 Academy
Friday 2nd Dunfermline Alhambra
Saturday 3rd Glasgow O2 Academy
Monday 5th Liverpool O2 Academy
Tuesday 6th Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 8th Cambridge Corn Exchange
Friday 9th London Roundhouse
Saturday 10th Birmingham O2 Academy
Sunday 11th Exeter Phoenix (headline)
Monday 12th Oxford O2 Academy
Tuesday 13th Portsmouth Pyramid
Wednesday 14th Bedford Esquires (headline)
Thursday 15th Lincoln Engine Shed
Friday 16th Brighton Dome
Saturday 17th Bristol O2 Academy
Monday 19th Leamington Spa Assembly
Tuesday 20th Guildford G Live
Wednesday 21st York The Duchess (headline)
Thursday 22nd Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday 23rd Sheffield O2 Academy
Saturday 24th Manchester Academy