Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have announced their new album Dark Rainbow for release on 26th January 2024. The band are also sharing the album’s lead single ‘Man of the Hour’, which was given its airplay debut by Clara Amfo on her BBC Radio 1 Future Sounds show last night.
New single ‘Man of the Hour’ makes it clear that we are entering into a whole new era for The Rattlesnakes. Self-evaluation and reflection are very much on the agenda throughout Dark Rainbow, and they pave the way for a sound that puts southern gothic balladry and crooning alt-rock to the front. A sonic evolution and emotional complexity powers this soul-searching expedition that reaches into the very heart of identity and pulls from it the wisdom that can only come from lived experience. The lyrics to ‘Man of the Hour’ question the idea of rock stardom and where it fits in 2023, recognising a character that we all could, to our own detriment, be or aspire to.
Elaborating on these themes, singer Frank Carter said: “We talk about how rock and roll will never die, but we never really talk about how maybe the idea of the rock star should die. The whole concept and what it means has always been this glamorised moment, but ultimately when I put that suit on, it didn’t go very well for me … I’m just witnessing the world change so quickly and I’m still trying to come to terms with who I am and what the authentic version of me is. By giving people what I thought they wanted I think I got further and further away from who I actually am.”
You can listen to the new single ‘Man of the Hour’ on streaming services here and we’ll leave you with the music video directed by Ruth Hunduma below.
You can also pre-order the new album Dark Rainbow here.
The last time that many UK fans will have witnessed the band will have been at their sold-out Alexandra Palace show in London, or on the mainstages at Download and Reading & Leeds festivals, or headlining this summer’s 2000 Trees Festival. In the wake of Dark Rainbow‘s release in January, the band will also be embarking on their biggest tour to date as they announce details of headline shows through the UK, Europe, Australia and USA for 2024.
Fans in UK and EU can now pre-order the album for access to pre-sales.
All tickets will be on general sale from Friday 6th October at 10am local time from the band’s website here.