Gary Numan is giving audiences their first taste of his next new album.
The veteran rocker debuted this week, the lead single from his forthcoming album Savage (Songs From A Broken World), which is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 15 via BMG Music. The album’s lead single, ‘My Name Is Ruin’ is streaming online now here.
The song conjures thoughts of Fear Factory’s cover of Numan’s hit classic song ‘Cars,’ which was included in the band’s 2001 album Obsolete. That is due to the song’s electronics-infused arrangement and Numan’s own vocal delivery style. Making the song even more interesting is that Numan’s 11-year-old daughter Persia provided backing vocals for the song.
An official video for the song is forthcoming, too, and an announcement about its premiere will come soon.
Savage (Songs From A Broken World), Numan’s 22nd full-length studio recording, is a semi-concept record that is set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming world in the not-too-distant-future. Much like in the classic Mad Max movies, technology is gone along with food, water and basic human decency. The Eastern and Western world have become one, more out of necessity than anything else.
According to a news release about the album, it was being written in the wake of Donald Trump’s rise to power in America. It states Numan felt Trump’s dangerous views of climate change served as the basis for the album’s theme.
“The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment,” Numan said. “It’s about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they’ve done. That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there.”
Savage (Songs From A Broken World) was produced by Numan’s longtime collaborator Ade Fenton, with the album being recorded in Los Angeles and in the U.K. Numan praised Fenton for his work ethic, saying that ethic is what has made the pair work so well together for so long.
“Ade is not only extremely creative but ridiculously hard-working, even in difficult circumstances,” Numan said. “It’s easy to discuss alternative ideas with him; he’s not precious about things and is always looking to make the music better, even if that means on very rare occasions, undoing his own work and starting again.”
Numan’s new album will be released on CD, Deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFit formats. Its track listing is noted below.
Numan will hit the road this fall in support of Savage (Songs From A Broken World) beginning Nov. 15 in San Diego, CA. The tour starts in San Diego, CA before heading up the west coast and into Canada for a short stint north of the border. The tour also includes dates in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest, ending Dec. 16 in Austin, TX.
The current schedule for Numan’s upcoming tour is noted below. Tickets are on sale online now for each date here.
Nov 16 – Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 – Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 – Neptune; Seattle, WA
Nov 23 – The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 – Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 – Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 – First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 – Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 – St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 – Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 – Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 – Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 – Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 – 9:30 Club; Washington DC
Dec 11 – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 – Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 – Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 – Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
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