Stereophonics schedule stateside tour

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Stereophonics have revealed plans to return to North America this fall in support of their brand new album, Graffiti on the Train. The veteran Welsh rockers will cross the pond and stop in Boston for a show at the House of Blues on Friday, September 20. Tickets for the show are now on sale through Live Nation for $27.50

Graffiti on the Train, Stereophonics’ eighth studio effort and follow-up to 2009’s Keep Calm and Carry On, will be released stateside on August 20. It debuted at #3 in the UK after its release in March. Co-produced by frontman Kelly Jones and longtime collaborator Jim Lowe, it features singles “Indian Summer” and “Graffiti on the Train” (video is streaming below). Graffiti on the Train also marks Stereophonics’ last record to feature drummer Javier Weyler, who was replaced by Jamie Morrison (Noisettes) last fall.

To work on the new album, the band took an extended break from the road. “It was the first time we hadn’t been on tour for 15 years,” explained Jones in a press release, “and it was one of the best things we ever did. When you stop and let your mind open a bit, stuff just comes into it. I’ve been quite impatient in the past, but that’s something I’ve discovered in the past two years: patience.”

During the break, Jones also pursued other creative avenues. “I wrote two screen plays which I’m developing,” he said. “And then I based a lot of this record on one of those screen plays. So then I’m writing about these two characters in the story rather than writing about me. And as soon as you do that, you start to think outside the box a little. You’re not trying to write this beginning, middle and end, verse chorus single thing.”

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