I am a big fan of the band Embrace who, After having released five studio albums, one singles album and one B-sides compilation – The Good Will Out (1998), Drawn from Memory (2000), If You’ve Never Been (2001), Out of Nothing (2004) and This New Day (2006), Are releasing a new album entitled Embrace on April 28 2014, after an eight-year absence.
Embrace hail from Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, West Yorkshire and consists of brothers singer Danny McNamara and guitarist Richard McNamara, bassist Steve Firth, keyboardist Mickey Dale, and drummer Mike Heaton.The band was begun in a small outbuilding at the bottom of a garden in Bailiff Bridge in 1990. A bass player joined the McNamara brothers, Richard playing guitar and Danny singing. The three of them started creating songs, with the aid of a cassette recorder, and soon a drum machine was added. In 1992 The band recorded a three track demo in a 16 track recording studio in Huddersfield which was sold at concerts.A single, “All You Good Good People” was released in February 1997. their debut album The Good Will Out was released on 8 June 1998 and went to number 1 in the UK Albums Chart.In 27 March 2000 the band released Drawn from Memory. the album was supported by an acclaimed tour, during which they were supported by then-fledgling Coldplay.
Their third studio album If You’ve Never Been, was released on 3 September 2001 and In 2004 they released the album Out of Nothing, which reached number one in the UK in 2004. The single that preceded this album was “Gravity”, which had been written by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Danny McNamara and Martin having become friends after Coldplay had supported Embrace in 2000.In October 2005, the band released their first b-side compilation, called Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997–2005, featuring b-sides from their previous album and including many fan-favourites such as “Blind” and a live rendition of D12′s “How Come”. The band’s fifth studio album, This New Day was released on 27 March 2006, with the single “Nature’s Law”. Following this success, the Yorkshire five-piece band decided they needed a break and headed back home to West Yorkshire.
Lead singer Danny McNamara and his brother Richard produced more than 100 songs during the song writing process for the new album – 10 of which make up the eponymous album, which has been described by Danny as better than the first album, it is also currently being streamed by the Telegraph newspaper, so you can judge for yourself. Here is the track listening for the new album.
- in the End
- I Run
- Follow you Home
- At Once
- Self Attack Mechanism
- The Devil Looks After His Own
- Thief on my Island