Placebo Announce New Album ‘Never Let Me Go’, Release New Song

    Placebo have announced their next album: Never Let Me Go is slated for release on March 25, 2022. Along with the news, they’ve shared the new track ‘Surrounded by Spies’ and announced a run of 2022 tour dates in the UK and Ireland. Below, check out the new single, the album’s cover artwork and tracklist, and the band’s tour schedule.

    Talking about ‘Surrounded by Spies’, vocalist Brian Molko explained in a press release:

    I began writing the lyrics when I discovered my neighbours were spying on me on behalf of parties with a nefarious agenda. I then began to ponder the countless ways in which our privacy has been eroded and stolen since the introduction of worldwide CCTV cameras that now employ racist facial recognition technologies; the rise of the internet and the cellphone, which has turned practically every user into a paparazzo and spectators in their own lives, and how we have mostly all offered up personal information to enormous multinationals whose sole intent is to exploit us.

    I used the cut-up technique invented by William S Burroughs and popularized in modern song by David Bowie. It’s a true story told through a lens of paranoia, complete disgust for modern society’s values and the deification of surveillance capitalism. The narrator is at the end of their tether, hopeless and afraid, completely at odds with our newfound progress and the god of money.

    Placebo’s last album, Loud Like Love, came out in 2013. In September, the band released their first single in five years, ‘Beautiful James’.

    Never Let Me Go Cover Artwork:

    Never Let Me Go Tracklist:

    1. Forever Chemicals
    2. Beautiful James
    3. Hugz
    4. Happy Birthday In The Sky
    5. The Prodigal
    6. Surrounded By Spies
    7. Try Better Next Time
    8. Sad White Reggae
    9. Twin Demons
    10. Chemtrails
    11. This Is What You Wanted
    12. Went Missing
    13. Fix Yourself

    Placebo 2022 Tour Dates:

    Nov Fri 18 – Portsmouth – Guildhall
    Nov Sat 19 – Brighton – Brighton Centre
    Nov Mon 21 – Liverpool – Eventim Olympia
    Nov Tue 22 – Manchester – O2 Victoria Warehouse
    Nov Thu 24 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
    Nov Sat 26 – London – O2 Brixton Academy
    Nov Sun 27 – London – O2 Brixton Academy
    Nov Tue 29 – Leicester – De Montford Hall
    Nov Wed 30 – Leeds – O2 Academy Leeds
    Dec Fri 2 – Newcastle – O2 City Hall
    Dec Sat 3 – Glasgow – O2 Academy Glasgow
    Dec Mon 5 – Dublin – 3 Arena
    Dec Wed 7 – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
    Dec Thu 8 – Birmingham – O2 Academy 1

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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