Suede have confirmed two London shows to launch their new album and feature film, Night Thoughts.
Suede: Night Thoughts shows
Updated: 8 September 2015
After releasing their first new material in over a decade in 2013, Suede have now returned with a brand new album and feature-length film.
Suede will play the album in full at two special album launch shows at London’s Roundhouse, Camden, on 13 and 14 November. During the performance, the accompanying film will play behind the band.
Night Thoughts is due for release on 22 January and follows 2013’s Bloodsports, which the band’s first release since 2002’s A New Morning.
Suede formed in the late 80’s but remained largely unnoticed until 1992 when the NME spotted the band live and famously put them on their cover as “The Best New Band In Britain” before the band had actually released any material.
Suede’s line-up comprised flamboyant song-writing duo Brett Anderson (vocals) and Bernard Butler (guitar) with rhythm section consisting of Matt Osman on bass guitar and drummer Simon Gilbert. Their sound was an amalgam of glam-rock in the vein of David Bowie and T. Rex and the song-writing pop sensibility of The Smiths.
Suede quickly became media darlings, and Suedemania erupted wherever the band appeared. Their first album scooped numerous awards, but internal frictions between the talented song-writing duo of Anderson and Butler led to the departure of Barnard Butler in the middle of the band’s recording sessions of – what would become their second album – Dog Man Star.
Dog Man Star was an ambitious album to say the least. However, album sales did not match that of their debut. The album’s gothic bombastic sound sculptures were in stark contrast to the upbeat sounds of the raging Britpop party of the time that Suede themselves helped to kick start.
New album, new line-up
Suede locked themselves away for two years and returned in 1996 with the album Coming Up and new members, the then 16 year old guitar prodigy, Richard Oakes and multi-instrumentalist Neil Codling on keyboards.
Coming Up put Suede back on the map. The album went No.1 and all its four singles, Trash, Beautiful Ones, Film Star and Saturday Night spent weeks in the top 10. The return made Brett Anderson, Simon Gilbert, Matt Osman, Neil Codling and Richard Oakes draw responsible for some of the biggest Britpop anthems during the mid-90's.
Riding high on the success of Coming Up, Suede embarked on the Coming Up world tour, which took the band around the globe for over two years. Anderson, Gilbert, Oakes, Codling and Osman then put out album number four, the electronically-infused Head Music. The album was well received and singles Electricity and Everything Will Flow brought the band again back into the charts.
Head Music was the last ‘hooray’ for Suede. Like many of their former Britpop contemporaries, the band appeared increasingly out of step with what was going on musically and culturally at the end of the 90’s.
2002’s A New Morning and its lead single Attitude failed to make any impact and was even rejected by their most hardcore fans. The album wasn’t without good songs; Obsessions, Beautiful Loser and Lonely Girls would have looked good on Coming Up and Head Music. The criticism was largely aimed at the overly polished production. From a creative point, Suede appeared to stall. The accompanying tour would be Suede’s last for eight years. Towards the end of the tour Brett announced the band had to go away for a while and “discover their inner demons” again.
Brett Anderson has since released two critically acclaimed solo albums and has reconnected with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler to create The Tears.
Suede’s live return
As quick as Suede once arrived and suddenly disbanded came the announcement of their return. The line-up of Suede’s most successful period – Brett Anderson, Simon Gilbert, Matt Osman, Neil Codling and Richard Oakes – announced a gig in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity at Royal Albert Hall.
Since then Suede have played a number of special one-off shows in the UK and abroad. Talking about their current comeback shows, Anderson said, “(Suede) had enjoyed their shows (in 2010) so much they were keen to carry on into 2011.”
Suede returned with Bloodsports in 2013. It was their first album in 11 years. Brett Anderson’s distinctive voice and clever lyrics proved that they are still one of the best bands from the Britpop days. The band supported the release of the critically acclaimed album with a number of dates in the UK and Ireland.
In 2014, Suede continued their live shows. This time it was to mark the 20th anniversary of their second album, Dog Man Star. The band performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall where they reunited for the first time since 2002 in 2010.