Fans ready to Embrace return of Yorkshire favourites

Embrace, back on the scene and set for a gig in Leeds.
Embrace, back on the scene and set for a gig in Leeds.

After recently announcing their long awaited return with new album ‘Embrace’ on April 28, Yorkshire favourites Embrace have announced their first UK tour in seven years with nine live dates this May, including one in Leeds.

With three number one albums, six top ten singles, sold out arena shows, over 2.5 million UK album sales and their last record achieving both number one album and number two single, Embrace were on the crest of a wave when they suddenly vanished without a trace.

But now they are back with a new tour and fantastic new album conveying a more raw and darker sound while still keeping their signature anthems and huge choruses.

Embrace are brothers singer Danny McNamara and guitarist Richard McNamara, bassist Steve Firth, keyboardist Mickey Dale and drummer Mike Heaton and the band recorded the new record in their own studio in Halifax over the last three years.

The first release from the record is the single ‘Refugees’ which is released as part of a four-track EP this week, giving fans a taster of the new album plus three brand new songs not featured on it.

Embrace recently performed two secret shows for fans in their hometowns of Bradford and Halifax. The shows have been a showcase for various off the wall shock art tactics, with the band taking the secret gig concept to the next level with a gig in the darkness and a gig in a boxing ring, with the audience dressed in white boiler suits and covered in neon paint.

Though the shows were strictly secret, fan forums went into meltdown with both shows selling out in minutes and fans flying in to see the band from as far as Australia and Japan.

Embrace are now going on a “proper” tour with nine dates announced, including a gig at the O2 Academy Leeds on Wednesday, May 14. Tickets are on sale now from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk and http://www.gigsandtours.com