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Last year’s Easy Listening album saw a reborn Band Of Holy Joy at the top of their game three decades into their occasionally faltering career, with frontman Johny Brown rediscovering his love of songcraft and melody to fantastic effect. And despite an apparently tricky gestation, the new Holy Joy album – usually referred to as The Land Of Holy Joy, although its full title is of Thee Silver Mt Zion-level length and grandeur – is even better; Brown’s humanity, sincerity and urban romance pouring forth from his lyrics with the band sounding by turn soulful, enthused and angry. Released on Stereogram Records on 21st September, the album is being promoted by a handful of gigs in Scotland and the North East, the first of which sees them support Tyneside-born Brown’s teen punk idols Penetration at Stockton’s Georgian Theatre on Friday 18th September, with a headlining show at Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club the following night. The lead single from the album, Isn’t This Just The Life? – a heart wrenching, soul inflected gem featuring Anne Gilpin of Morton Valence – is out now.

Band of Holy Joy play Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Friday 18th and Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on Saturday 19th September.

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