Rock outfit Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will release its third studio album, “Howl,” Aug. 22 in the United Kingdom and Europe via the Echo label. According to a spokesperson, the first single will be “Ain’t No Easy Way” and is due for an Aug. 8 commercial release.
In addition, Billboard.com can exclusively reveal that “Howl” will be released in North America via RCA, and that after exiting the band last summer for personal reasons, drummer Nick Jago has returned to the BRMC fold.
In support of the set, the band will return to live duty with a seven-date U.K. tour, beginning June 11 in Nottingham. All of the shows except the opener will feature support from Brian Jonestown Massacre.
BRMC member Robert Turner told Billboard.com in October that the new album will reveal a shift from the propulsive rock of the band’s first two sets for Virgin.
“There’s one in the vein of an old, Johnny Cash song, and there are a couple of songs that sound like Dylan’s first couple of albums,” he said. “On the songs that do have a fuller sound, they’re more produced and layered. We used that setup more for our first album than the second; just having fun in the studio layering things, rather than the live electric band, throw-and-go sound.”
Here are BRMC’s U.K. tour dates:
June 11: Nottingham (Rescue Rooms)
June 12: Glasgow (QMU)
June 13: Manchester (Academy)
June 14: Birmingham (Academy)
June 16: London (Scala)
June 18: Leeds (Cockpit)
June 19: Brighton (Concorde)