Northern Irish rockers The Answer have made their long-awaited return with their first studio single for almost seven years. Blood Brother will be released as a single on 14 October, with the video available to watch below.
The Answer will make their comeback performance on 3 December 2022 at Planet Rockstock Festival, where they will play classic tracks along with new ones from their upcoming studio album. A six-date tour will follow in March 2023.
“Our new track, Blood Brother, is a thundering slab of positive energy created by four brothers who, quite frankly, just really missed each other,” lead vocalist Cormac Neeson says. “We’re back, and we had more fun writing and recording this new music than we’ve ever had. We truly believe this could possibly be the best album we’ve ever recorded, and Blood Brother is a very special track for us.”
The Answer emerged into the spotlight in 2005. Their debut single, Keep Believin’, received critical acclaim, leading to them winning Best New Band at the Classic Rock awards. The following year, their debut album, Rise, sold over 125,000 copies worldwide on the independent Albert Productions rock label, an astonishing debut achievement.
They build on the reputation as one of rock’s brightest hopes with high-profile support slots with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and a two-year stint on AC/DC’s 2008 Black Ice tour.
“We were thrown to the wolves a lot of nights on the road with AC/DC,” guitarist Paul Mahon said, “and all we had to fall back on was the four of us playing together. We had to make it work and dig in really hard. It was an incredible rock baptism.”
Mark Alexander-Erber, the owner of the independent hard rock label Golden Robot Records, signed the band in 2019 with the ambition to secure the release of their seventh album.
Alexander-Erber says it will be The Answer’s “greatest balls out straight ahead rock album ever, eclipsing the debut of Rise for power, songs and sheer attitude. To say I am excited is an understatement. For me, it’s a life-long ambition and privilege to work with these guys.”