Recorded during The Wildhearts ‘The Renaissance Men’ and ‘Diagnosis’ tours of 2019, a double live album entitled ‘Thirty Year Itch’ will be released 4 December 2020.
Containing 17 tracks of incendiary energy, the release was planned pre-COVID-19 and is sure to provide a little lockdown respite.
Ginger told us: “There are a few authorised bootleg live albums of The Wildhearts doing the rounds, but as soon as Danny rejoined the band I knew I had to capture the classic Wildhearts line up on record.
“There were a few reasons for this, the main one being that we are still alive, which is a situation that could change at any second with this group.
“I also wanted people to hear how insanely powerful The Wildhearts are as a live band.
“Pounding drums, chainsaw bass and bombastic guitar riffs, all underpinning harmony vocals and huge anthemic songs that every member of the audience sings like a football crowd.
“It is a surprisingly emotional blend of noise, passion and unity.
“As far as I’m concerned this is a classic album by a unique band playing timeless songs that do not fit into any established genre.
“Is it Rock? Is it Punk? Who cares, it is The Wildhearts.”
The album has been mastered by Dave Draper, who said: “Ginger gave me two instructions: ‘Loud guitars and loud crowd’. I didn’t have a choice in either as that’s what was captured during the recording.
“‘Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung’ was my first adventure into the world of working with The Wildhearts. I carried a lot of pressure on my shoulders to make sure it was as close to the experience of actually being in the crowd.
“Judging on what the feedback has been since it came out, I can say I think it worked out just fine.
“So when the time came around to make another live album for the boys, myself and Elliot Vaughan once again jumped in the car and captured a few shows from The Renaissance Men and Diagnosis tours of 2019.
“When it came to the mixing, like on ‘Never Outdrunk…’, it was really good to hear older tracks having a new lease of life and power from the boys…. the two songs from ‘Endless Nameless’ that have made this new album are highlights for me and I’m sure many of you will agree.
“Timeless songs with all you mad bastards singing your hearts out on. What’s not to like?
“Thank you for making my job a lot easier, guys!”
1 – Dislocated
2 – Everlone
3 – Suckerpunch
4 – Anthem
5 – Diagnosis
6 – TV Tan
7 – The Jackson Whites
8 – Let Em Go
9 – Vanilla Radio
10 – Urge
11 – Mazel Tov Cocktail
12 – Sick Of Drugs
13 – Someone Who Won’t Let Me Go
14 – The Revolution Will Be Televised
15 – Caffeine Bomb
16 – Love U Til I Don’t
17 – I Wanna Go Where The People Go