Mr. Strange, the Isle of Wight-based rock act, are about to release their 6th full-length studio album, ‘Contact’, which will be their first album of all-new material in just over 3 years.
Described by the band as a more traditional, rock-focused approach than their last 2 albums, ‘Contact’ features 12 all-new songs centred around the theme of feeling like an extraterrestrial trapped on a strange planet and not having a sense that they belong. This ‘lost alien’ theme runs throughout the album, but doesn’t feature on every song, more so a loose framing devised to explore feelings of disassociation with the world around you, as well as a few silly and upbeat topics to keep things fun!
The alternative rockers, consisting of Damian Strange on drums, Mr. X on bass & guitar and Saul Strange on vocals, say:
“We’re so proud of this new record! It may be presumptuous, but we really think people who are aware of the band and are familiar with our previous work will be quite surprised with the direction we’ve taken. We stripped everything back and re-built our sound with a totally different mindset, the result is a far more mature and accessible album.
“The only way we can describe ‘Contact’ is like a mash-up of David Bowie and Queens of the Stone Age, with a healthy dose of our trademark weirdness still in there, of course! We hope people give it a shot, there’s something on the record for nearly everyone, not just old fans, but also folks who either aren’t aware of our music or found our previous work too dark or heavy. It’s equal parts fun and introspective, easy to listen to, but with plenty beneath the surface if you want to dig deeper.
“We touch on a few different genres over the 12 songs, even funk, art-rock and full psychedelia!”
The band will be playing a few independent festivals on the mainland over the summer, but also plan to play some local shows from late spring onwards.
‘Contact’ will be released on all major digital music download and streaming platforms on Friday 14th February, as well as being available on physical CD via the bands website at www.mrstrange.co.uk.