Listen to Graham Parker & The Rumour Get Back in the Groove with 'Swing State': Exclusive Song Premiere

Graham Parker & the Rumour
Laurence Watson

Graham Parker & the Rumour

After a successful comeback with 2012's Three Chords GoodGraham Parker & the Rumour approached its upcoming Mystery Glue (out May 19) with a much different approach.

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"Three Chords Good was very good, but it was a bit of practice," the British singer-songwriter tells Billboard. "We weren't quite sure. We were laughing our asses off more than anything while we were doing it; it seemed so hilarious we were actually in a room making a record together (for the first time since 1982), I don't know if we concentrated so much on making the record as much as telling ridiculous stories from the past and laughing. This time we were really concentrating on the music and trying to figure out what to do with these songs. You can hear the band are really letting go a bit and playing much more loose and fluid. They're just really into this now."

Parker says that save for the track "Pub Crawl," which he wrote even before Three Chords Good was recorded, most of the 12 songs on Mystery Glue were written especially for the new album and were inspired by the energy of the tour. "A lot of the songs are playful," Parker notes. "That was there in the beginning (of the band) but I obfuscated it by being intense, yelling and screaming and all of that." "Swing State" certainly fits in that mold, he adds. "I can't say I'm making a political statement, but obviously I did take that American idea about a swing state and played with it a bit," Parker explains. "But it's really about wanting people to swing their hips and have fun and maybe things would be better if people were dancing instead of playing political games. It's just a bit of fun."

Listen to "Swing State," which Billboard is exclusively premiering below.

Parker and the Rumour will start a short run of U.S. East Coast dates on June 12 in Tarrytown, N.Y., but more extensive touring is uncertain. "Life is more complicated these days; we don't all live around the corner from each other like we did in the '70s," notes Parker, who's also played dates with guitarist Brinsley Schwarz as the Rumour Duo. "It's really a case of finding the time to do it." That said, Parker fully intends to keep this "second life" of the Rumour going for yet another album.

"If we never do anything else I think we'll be happy, but I'd like to do more," says Parker. "Just don't die, anybody! It really depends on things that are much, much bigger than I'm capable of controlling."

See their upcoming U.S. tour dates below, and preorder Mystery Glue here.

Friday, June 5        Minneapolis, MN    The Dakota 
Sunday, June 7      Chicago, IL             City Winery
Monday, June 8      Chicago, IL            City Winery
Tuesday, June 9     Cleveland, OH       Music Box Supper Club
Thursday, June 11  Huntington, NY       The Paramount Theatre
Friday, June 12        Tarrytown, NY        Tarrytown Music Hall
Saturday, June 13    New York, NY        Highline Ballroom
Tuesday, June 16    Ridgefield, CT        The Ridgefield Playhouse
Thursday, June 18    Sellersville, PA      Sellersville Theater 1894
Friday, June 19        Alexandria, VA       The Birchmere
Saturday, June 20    Newton, NJ           The Newton Theatre



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