Black Grape came about when Shaun Ryder, after the Happy Mondays disbanded, teamed up with Kermit of Ruthless Rap Assassins. Together they remixed the diverse elements of the Madchester scene, funk and rap into their signature rapturous style. They created something viscerally new and as such, are now considered by some as one of the most iconic and innovative bands of the last twenty years.
After achieving platinum status with their debut album, 1995's 'It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah' and going gold with their follow up album 'Stupid Stupid Stupid' in 1997, Black Grape are back with their third album 'Voodoo Pop'.
Set to be released by UMC (Universal Music) on the 7th July 2017 the new album will showcase the band's first new in 20 years. Listen to the album teaser track 'Everything You Know Is Wrong' below. pre-order the new album here.
Speaking of Black Grape, and the new album, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh said,
"I’m delighted to report that Black Grape are back on the road, and with new album Pop Voodoo that really does rock the f*** out of the discotheque. Shaun’s wordplay has never been deployed to such devastating effect, and he scores a bullseye whether he hits the obvious targets (Trump), and the more obscure ones…well, find out for yourself. The world is in a bit of a state right now, and bulls**t reigns more than ever, and perversely disguised as candour. We need Manc street sass, intelligence and wit more than ever right now. This album has that in spades."
Black Grape will play the iconic 100 Club in London on Thursday 11th May 2017. Performing tracks from the new album live for the very first time at this exclusive Fred Perry SubcultureLive show. Find out more about the gig here.
Pre-order Voodoo Pop: blackgrape.lnk.to/PopVoodoo
Shaun Ryder Playlist: www.fredperry.com/subculture/playlist-profile-shaun-ryder
100 Club Gig Details: www.fredperry.com/subculture/article-black-grape100club
Irvine Welsh Playlist: https://www.fredperry.com/subculture/playlist-profile-irvine-welsh