Mike + The Mechanics Set To Release New Album ‘Out Of The Blue’ In April

Mike + The Mechanics will release their ninth studio album, Out Of The Blue, on April 5 via BMG. It captures the evolution of some of the band’s most loved hits throughout their 35-year career with brand new recordings (on deluxe version), as well as introducing fans to the band’s future with three brand new tracks: “One Way,” “What Would You Do” and the album’s lead single of the title track’ which was released February 20.

Upon announcing the release of the album, guitarist Mike Rutherford explained, “Having toured with the Mechanics over the last 10 years, I have heard the old songs change a bit each year with Andrew and Tim singing and the same band playing. In some cases, they have been extended and developed, so it seemed a good idea to record these versions in the studio. Anyone who has seen us live will I’m sure like to hear the old ones in this form, as they show how the two singers work so well together. Especially on a song like ‘Get Up’ which has become a double lead vocal.”

He continues, “Recording the unplugged version was like in the old days – down the stairs into a basement studio, not fifty yards away from Trident Studios where we recorded Genesis’ second and third albums. We recorded these live, and Tim and Andrew led the songs with great vocal performances, and we mixed it as we recorded it like in the past. No wonder albums took a maximum of three weeks to complete then! We have also written and recorded three new songs which show the Mechanics next stage, I hope!”

Mike + The Mechanics’ “The Looking Back Over My Shoulder Tour” will roll through the U.K. and Europe in the coming weeks. They’ll also be meeting up with an old friend in June and going on the road with Phil Collins for the first six shows of his European tour. Tickets are available at www.philcollins.com/ and the dates are:

6/2 – Ernst Happel Stadion – Vienna, Austria
6/4 – Groupama Stadium – Lyon, France
6/5 – Mercedes-Benz Arena – Stuttgart, Germany
6/7 – Olympiastadion – Berlin, Germany
6/8 – Ceres Park – Aarhus, Denmark
6/10 – Bergenhus Festning – Bergen, Norway

Here’s the track listing for Out Of The Blue:

One Way*
Out Of The Blue*
What Would You Do*
The Living Years
Beggar On A Beach Of Gold
Get Up
Another Cup Of Coffee
All I Need Is A Miracle
Silent Running
Over My Shoulder
Word Of Mouth

* New Tracks

Additional acoustic tracks for the deluxe CD and digital release:
Don’t Know What Came Over Me
The Best Is Yet To Come
The Living Years
Beggar On A Beach Of Gold
Another Cup Of Coffee
Over My Shoulder