Scotland (July 21, 2005)–The Proclaimers will see their sixth studio album Restless Soul released in North America on September 6 on their own Persevere Records (distributed by Redeye). The duo of Scottish identical twin brothers, Craig and Charlie Reid, will also kick off a North American concert tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Friday September 9, and run into October.
The songs on Restless Soul, according to Charlie, reach out to a universal listener. “When you become specific, you become universal. You write about your own life and make your own observations. People who worry too much about appealing to everybody miss the point. If you write sincerely, and identify with the feelings of other people, you’ll catch the ears of people who want to go beyond our accents or our points of view, whether they’re inside or outside of Scotland.”
Craig commented, “The album continues what we have done in the past–traditional song structures and varied subject matter–but the production is slicker. I never thought I would have used those words to describe a Proclaimers’ album. More time was taken over the arrangements and it’s a bit more controlled than previous albums.”
Restless Soul was recorded at Good Luck Studios in London during April and May of this year, and produced by Mark Wallis who has recorded classic cuts for The Smiths, U2, and Talking Heads, along with David Ruffy whose beats CDs have been used by the likes of Dr. Dre. Joining the Reid brothers in recording Restless Soul were Stevie Christie (keyboards & accordion), Zac Ware (guitars and pedal steel), Ross McFarlane (drums), and Garry John Kane (bass).
“We really enjoyed the experience and Mark [Wallis] and David [Ruffy] were great to work with,” said Charlie. “Their technique for making the instruments sound big by recording them at a low volume was new to us and helped us develop as musicians in the studio. The atmosphere was very relaxed and we believe they got the best out of us and the other guys in the band.”
The Proclaimers were part of the recent “Live 8” event, having opened the Edinburgh, Scotland “The Final Push” concert on July 6. They chose to open their set with “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” as a metaphor for all those coming and looking to Scotland in hopes that the G8 leaders would provide some help for the world’s poorest citizens. The Edinburgh spectacle was the climax of the Long Walk to Justice where Sir Bob Geldof called on a million people to march to the capital.
Check out The Proclaimers’ web site for the initial September/October tour routing.