It’s been six years since The Prodigy released their last sledgehammer album, Invaders Must Die in 2009, which instantly landed itself in the number 1 spot, despite a mixed response from critics and pretty soon they’ll be back again with their sixth album, The Day Is My Enemy. To accompany the announcement the Braintree band has put out their lead track, Nasty, as a single to preview what to expect from the album, which you can listen to for yourself with the epic music video below. If the single is anything to go by, we’re putting our money on a fifth consecutive number 1 album and a whole lot of critical love.
The record will be released on CD, digital download and gatefold double heavyweight vinyl LP on the 30th March 2015, setting them up to bring a little dark electronica for the onset of spring. The single is available now on digital download, which you get for free straight away if you pre-order the album from iTunes and the band’s official store.
Nasty may not be the greatest single they’ve ever released, compared to some of The Prodigy’s more genre defining back catalogue, but it is a fast paced, breakbeat anthem that will pick up on a lot of radio air time throughout the year. It’s a track that grows on you the more you listen to it with shadowy layers of depth peeling away as it turns you around to its way of thinking.
It’s built on by the brilliance of the music video, which features a very cool live action fox with cartoon animation and lo-fi effects. It’s been created by Better Felling Films with Oliver Jones directing and follows the story of the urban fox in a pretty nasty world filled with would-be fox hunters and its own bag of tricks to unleash. It’s been cleverly mixed with the music, so that ever twitch, turn and twist of the mad hunt is flexed to the beats of the song.
As with any big album release, The Day Is My Enemy will also be accompanied by a series of UK tour dates, which sees them take on stops that include Newcastle, Birmingham, Cardiff and London. Check out the details below to see all of the dates and locations for the tour, especially the rave-like potential of their late gig at the London’s Alexandra Palace, which is scheduled to blaze on until 3 o’clock in the morning.
The Prodigy has always been a mad mix of talent, going right the way back to their formation in the mad haze of 1990 and that’s very much still the case now. While some members have come and gone, the band is still made up of the same three guys with Liam Howlett taking care of the fox’s share of the music on keys, synth, turntables and drums; Keith Flint on lead vocals for the most part; and Maxim Reality bringing in the MC, beatboxing and added vocals. It’s been a big impact compound since it began and it looks set to be back up to fighting speed on the latest album.
However, they’re not entirely acting alone this time around as they have a couple of collaborations on The Day Is My Enemy. You can see the full track list below, which includes Ibiza, featuring minimalist post-punk, hip hop duo Sleaford Mods, as well as Rhythm Bomb featuring dance-loving singer songwriter Flux Pavilion.
1. The Day Is My Enemy
3. Rebel Radio
4. Ibiza (featuring Sleaford Mods)
6. Wild Frontier
8. Beyond the Deathray
9. Rhythm Bomb (featuring Flux Pavilion)
11. Get Your Fight On
13. Invisible Sun
14. Wall of Death
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The Day Is My Enemy tour dates:
Monday 4th May 2015 – Newcastle 02 Academy
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Bridlington Spa
Thursday 7th May 2015 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 8th May 2015 – Cardiff Arena
Saturday 9th May 2015 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Monday 11th May 2015 – Reading Rivermead
Tuesday 12th May 2015 – Brighton Centre
Thursday 14th May 2015 – Bournemouth BIC
Friday 15th May 2015 – London Alexandra Palace (Late show til 3am)
Saturday 16th May 2015 – London Alexandra Palace