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Placebo share new track 'Surrounded By Spies' & announce album 'Never Let Me Go' out March 25th 2022

PLACEBO Announce new album Never Let Me Go Hear new track ‘Surrounded By Spies’ Never Let Me Go to be released 25th March 2022 UK / IE headline tour dates announced


(Placebo | Photo credit: Mads Perch | Download image here)

Placebo are today announcing news of their long-awaited 8th studio album. Nine years on from the release of their last outing Loud Like Love, Never Let Me Go is confirmed for release on 25th March 2022. Also announced today is a new track from the album, ‘Surrounded By Spies’, along with a 2022 headline UK / IE tour dates. Listen to ‘Surrounded By Spies’ here and view the visualizer below. Pre-order Never Let Me Go and access ticket pre-sale here.


(Placebo | Surrounded By Spies single artwork | Download image here)

In September, Placebo resurfaced from a long hibernation to release their first single in five years – and first from the new album - ‘Beautiful James’. A joyous and celebratory song, it came quietly loaded with antagonism for the increasingly prominent, ignorant, factions that have come to litter modern conversation. As Brian Molko commented at the time, “If the song serves to irritate the squares and the uptight, so gleefully be it.” As great masters in cataloguing the human condition, Placebo’s unique way of examining both its flaws and beauty finds fertile ground in 2021. Crawling out of the pandemic into a landscape of intolerance, division, tech-saturation and imminent eco-catastrophe, theirs is a voice that has rarely felt more significant to contemporary discourse, and more appropriate to sing these stories to the world. Within the magnetic slow-burn of new track ‘Surrounded By Spies’ no punches are pulled in confronting the erosion of civil liberties, as Brian Molko’s deft lyrical delivery is married to a creeping sense of claustrophobia that fittingly makes the walls feel as though they are closing in from all around. Brian Molko comments: “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 | 2022 UK headline tour poster | Download image here)

Placebo have also shared headline UK / IE tour dates for 2022. The full list is below. PLACEBO UK + IE 2022 HEADLINE TOUR DATES NOVEMBER Fri 18 - Portsmouth - Guildhall Sat 19 - Brighton - Brighton Centre Mon 21 - Liverpool - Eventim Olympia Tue 22 - Manchester - O2 Victoria Warehouse Thu 24 - Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena Sat 26 - London - O2 Brixton Academy Sun 27 - London - O2 Brixton Academy Tue 29 - Leicester - De Montford Hall Wed 30 - Leeds - O2 Academy Leeds DECEMBER Fri 2 - Newcastle - O2 City Hall Sat 3 - Glasgow - O2 Academy Glasgow Mon 5 - Dublin - 3 Arena Wed 7 - Cambridge - Corn Exchange Thu 8 - Birmingham - O2 Academy 1

(Placebo | Never Let Me Go album artwork | Download image here)

Placebo – Never Let Me Go album track listing 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 For press only: Download the latest biography here. Placebo: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter