May 20, 2024

The Chameleons release first new material in over 20 years: ‘Where Are You?’

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The Chameleons releases first new material in over 20 years: 'Where Are You?'

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(Photo by Mick Peek) Out May 24 digitally and as a 7 inch vinyl via Metropolis Records is the brand new 3-track EP from the English cult post-punk act The Chameleons: “Where are you?”. It’s the band’s first new material in over 20 years.

“It’s exciting to finally be putting out fresh Chameleons material for the first time in over twenty years, although initially I found it quite daunting,” admits Mark Burgess, the vocalist/bassist of iconic post-punk band The Chameleons about their brand new single. “The question about new music is one I had been asked the most by people coming to our gigs, many of whom weren’t even born when our previous records were made, but were excited and inspired by the music enough to catch us on various tours.”

And he adds: “For the first time since the death of John and the departure of Dave, I felt we were a proper band capable of creating some interesting and exciting music.” The band’s original drummer John Lever died in 2017, while Dave Fielding left the band after the band’s reunion in 2000. The Chameleons announced 2024 consist of Mark Burgess (vocals, bass), Reg Smithies (guitar), Stephen Rice (guitar), Danny Ashberry (keyboards) and Todd Demma (drums).

The new EP acts as a teaser for an upcoming album entitled “Arctic Moon” planned for late 2024. “We’re halfway through it at the moment, but everyone in the band is excited by what they’re hearing,” continues Burgess. “We’ve managed to transcend the confines of our own legacy and finally forge something fresh. It’s undoubtedly The Chameleons to everyone that has heard the direction the band is now heading in.”

The Chameleons on tour

The Chameleons will be playing dates in the UK and mainland Europe either side of a North American tour beginning in late May that will celebrate their 1986 album “Strange Times”. The schedule continues into December and includes a London show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire before winding up at the Albert Hall in their home city of Manchester.

May

  • 23.05.24 Leeds Old Woollen
  • 24.05.24 Catton Park Bearded Theory Festival
  • 27.05.24 Barcelona Primavera Festival

July

  • 06.07.24 Bolton Right To Roam

August

  • 28.08.24 Bedford Esquires
  • 29.08.24 Brighton Chalk
  • 30.08.24 Holmfirth Picturedrome

September

  • 10.09.24 Amsterdam (Nl) Melkweg
  • 11.09.24 The Hague (Nl) Paard
  • 12.09.24 Bielefeld (De) Movie Bielefeld
  • 13.09.24 Oberhausen (De) Turbinenhalle Oberhausen
  • 14.09.24 Hamburg (De) Gruenspan
  • 15.09.24 Berlin (De) Columbia Theater
  • 17.09.24 Frankfurt (De) The Bed
  • 18.09.24 Munich (De) Backstage Kulturzentrum
  • 19.09.24 Lyon (Fr) L’epicerie Moderne
  • 20.09.24 Paris (Fr) Cabaret Sauvage
  • 21.09.24 Tourcoing (Fr) Le Grand Mix

December

  • 06.12.24 Bristol Marble Factory
  • 07.12.24 London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
  • 09.12.24 Dublin (Ie) Opium
  • 10.12.24 Belfast Limelight 2
  • 12.12.24 Glasgow The Garage
  • 13.12.24 Newcastle Riverside
  • 14.12.24 Manchester Albert Hall
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Bernard - Side-Line Staff Chief editor
Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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