Scouting For Girls Announce ‘Easy Cover’ Album and Headline Tour

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Surrounding themselves with sources of comfort and escapism after a tumultuous year, English indie-pop band Scouting For Girls have announced a new studio album ‘Easy Cover‘ – a collection of 11 tracks celebrating their broad array of musical influences.

Going back to the music and culture of their childhoods in the 1980s, the band regrouped during what should have been a summer of festivals to curate a joyful album of 80s covers, alongside some incredible new, original tracks inspired by the music of the era.

The result – a glittering LP full of solid gold bops from the bands’ favourite musical memories, from Tears For FearsThe WaterboysCyndi LauperWhitney Houston and Phil Collins. The band says “We’re not trying to do justice to these songs- that’s impossible! We’re just trying to have fun and take them out on the road to give people the night out they deserve after 2020.”

Easy Cover (inspired by Phil Collins’ “Easy Lover”) was originally intended as a rather sedate, acoustic EP before frontman Roy Stride decided to shelve the project – reminding himself that Scouting for Girls should never try to be too serious or clever. Then, during lockdown, Roy found himself with spare time and an empty studio. In need of some serious cheering up, he reopened the recording sessions, envisaged playing the songs live and stripped away anything that was either too earnest or pretentious.

Leading with Tears For Fears’ iconic single “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, the album project is a celebration of the biggest songs from the 80s – a decade that had it all.

Roy Stride says: “‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ was one of the first songs I ever remember hearing. It was on cassette and I was strapped into the back of my Dad’s car and we were going to the sweet shop. I must have been about 6. When lockdown came in 2020 I found comfort in nostalgia reworking these tracks that reminded me of my childhood. Coincidentally, Tears for Fears were also the last band I saw before lockdown. I took my Dad, 30 years on from him introducing the band to me, and it was the first time we had both seen the band live. They were magnificent.”

Throughout Scouting For Girls’ career, the band have sold over two million albums, two million singles, been nominated for 4 Brit Awards as well as an Ivor Novello, had four top ten singles, sold-out Wembley ArenaThe Royal Albert Hall and, most recently, sold-out two nights at The London Palladium.

Easy Cover is set for release April 23rd, alongside a huge UK tour for Autumn 2021 (dates below). Tickets are onsale now at www.gigsandtours.com. 

Easy Cover Track Listing
1. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
3. I Wanna Dance with Somebody
4. The Whole of the Moon
5. The Look of Love
6. Put the Message in the Box
7. Easy Lover
8. End of the World as we know it (And I Feel Fine)
9. I Wish it was 1989
10. Neon Lights
11. Xmas in the 80s

2021 Headline Tour
September 2021
30th – Wrexham, William Aston Hall
October 2021
1st – Barrow, The Forum Theatre
2nd – Warrington, Parr Hall
3rd – Liverpool, O2 Academy
5th – Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
6th – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
7th – Fat Sam’s, Dundee
8th – The Boiler Shop, Newcastle
9th – The Empire, Middlesbrough
10th – The Barbican, York
12th- The Junction, Cambridge
13th – The Corn Exchange, Ipswich
14th – The Waterside, Aylesbury
15th – Gliderdrome, Boston
18th – De Montford Hall, Leicester
21st – The Town Hall, Cheltenham
22nd – The Factory, Barnstaple
23rd – The Cheese & Grain, Frome
25th – The Corn Exchange, Exeter
26th – The Engine Rooms, Southampton
28th – Madding Crowd, Bournemouth
29th – The Live Rooms, Chester
30th – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
31st – Sub 89, Reading
November 2021
2nd – Fairfield Hall, Croydon
3rd – G Live, Guildford
4th – Dreamlands, Margate
6th – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
8th – Chalk, Brighton
9th – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
10th – The Roadmender, Northampton
12th – The Engine Shed, Lincoln
13th – The Leadmill, Sheffield
14th – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth
16th – University, Hull
17th – Victoria Hall, Stoke
18th – The Empire, Coventry
19th – The O2 Academy, Oxford 20th – The Venue, Derby
22nd – The Assembly Hall, Worthing
23rd – Del La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
25th – Monroes, Galway
26th – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
27th – Limelight, Belfast
28th – The Button Factory, Dublin

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