Round Records presents The Wildhearts – 30 Year Itch, recorded live during The Renaissance Men and Diagnosis tours during 2019.
Mastered once again by maestro Dave Draper, this double album captures the band’s incendiary performance that still kicks the ass of crowds up and down the country, 30 years since they started!
‘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. The recording of the gigs is most definitely a two person job. There’s a massive stress of recording bands live, such as not getting in anyone else’s way, hoping the gear on stage doesn’t break or fall, loading in and out and worst of all praying the computer doesn’t crash or drop out! Sharing the job is a must! Anyway, we knew we had a lot of great stuff recorded from the tours so I went back to my studio and made a selection of tracks that really knocked my teeth in.
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? 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, Thank you for making my job a lot easier, guys!
I look forward to hearing what you guys think of the record.
The physical albums were originally due to be released on 25th September 2020, but due to unforeseen delays with manufacturing, these now won’t be arriving with us until the end of October. However, the digital download of the album will still be made available from 25th September 2020.
As a bonus for pre-ordering the album, you will receive an immediate download of 4 exclusive tracks that not be included on the final album, and not made available anywhere else but this Round Records pre-order. These will be available in MP3, FLAC and WAV formats.
In addition, we will be sending special gifts as a thank-you to anyone who pre-orders – you’ll find our what this is in a few weeks time!
This is the double gatefold vinyl version of the album, on 180g black vinyl, featuring a fold out poster.