Riding the wave of success (and why not?) following their Mercury Prize win last year, Young Fathers have announced a new album: White Men Are Black Men Too.

The first track to be taken from the album is called 'Rain or Shine' – a dark and booming track that judders along urgent organ chords, building into a kind of New York punk crescendo with feedback and pounding drums at the heart of it all.

Alloysius from the band has said a few (more than a few) words regarding the thought behind the title of the album. The following is taken from an email thread between the band and their management:

"I'm aware of the points we've discussed but all that sounds like to me is, we are trying to cater to what other people might think, as if it's a negative thing, which it's not. We came at it from a different angle, a positive angle. it's got issues of race and so what? Why should alarm bells start ringing, even though in general conversations race, politics, sex and religion are always the subject matter? Why should it be discussed behind closed doors and never confronted head on?

How do we help tackle one of the biggest hinderances in people's lives and the world... by not putting the question forward and not letting people debate positively or negatively about the statement?

Motown music helped change the world, made it expectable for blacks to be on radio and seen on tv, MJ did it too. Martin Luther King wanted equality and achieved it to some degree. But, after all that, are things equal in this world? FUCK NO. I still want to ask for it (equality) backed with the best music we've ever recorded. A pop album, our interpretation of what a pop album should be.

Weight with words, which is the title plus the pop sensibility of the songs (respectively).

I wanna stand for something which I helped make. Folk will complain about absolutely anything... Even if it's it from the purest of intentions you just can't win. We don't make music to please other people or write certain lyrics to do so, either. Why start now?

When the title was first put forward everybody was excited and 100% there was no fear. That same commitment needs be carried on to make it work despite worries after it's been digested."

Kudos! Kudos to them for just going with it. White Men Are Black Men Too will be arriving on 6th April. Check out the tracklist below. And to add to all this excitement that you are possibly feeling, Young Fathers are also heading out on a pretty extensive tour that takes them around the world, from March to June.

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  • White Men Are Black Men Too tracklist:
  • 1) Still Running
  • 2) Shame
  • 3) Feasting
  • 4) 27
  • 5) Rain Or Shine
  • 6) Sirens
  • 7) Old Rock n Roll
  • 8) Nest
  • 9) Liberated
  • 10) John Doe
  • 11) Dare Me
  • 12) Get Started

Young Fathers, 2015 tour dates:


  • 06 Bratislava, Electronic Beats Festival
  • 13 Skelmersdale, Live in Libraries+
  • 14 Rochdale, Live in Libraries

  • 10 New York, Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • 24 Los Angeles, The Echo

  • MAY
  • 20 Glasgow, Art School
  • 21 Newcastle, Riverside
  • 22 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
  • 25 Manchester, Gorilla
  • 26 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
  • 27 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
  • 28 London, Koko
  • 29 Brighton, The Haunt
  • 30 Southampton, Engine Rooms

  • JUNE
  • 01 Gloucester, Guildhall
  • 02 Oxford, Academy 2
  • 03 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
  • 04 Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill
  • 05 Norwich, Arts Centre
  • 06 Sheffield, Academy 2
  • 07 Liverpool, Kazimier