Placebo have today shared a brand-new single, ‘Happy Birthday In The Sky’, the fourth and final single that will be released ahead of the band’s new album “Never Let Me Go,” which is slated for a March 25th release, almost ten years since their last studio album, 2013’s “Loud Like Love.”
Following in the same vein as recent singles “Beautiful James”, “Surrounded By Spies” and “Try Better Next Time”, which provided fans with an intimate into what has been weighing on the band’s minds since their last album, “Happy Birthday In The Sky” finds Placebo at their heart-breaking best. This new release sees Brian Molko revisiting some of his darker emotions to deliver a story about loss and the coping mechanisms we use in its wake. Frontman Brian Molko grips every word and releases it in a flurry of controlled expressive outpouring.
Commenting on the track, Molko said: “Happy Birthday In The Sky for me, is one of the more heartbreaking moments on the album. Happy Birthday In The Sky is a phrase that I’ve been using for quite some time. When I say, happy birthday to people who aren’t with us anymore, it communicates the kind of heartbreak that we’re really, really good at communicating I think. You know that sense of loss, that sense of desperation. It’s as if a part of your body and your soul has been ripped from you unfairly. And you pine and you pine, and you wait.
What I am thinking is that this is kind of so visceral and so intense emotionally that it’s really going to communicate something very powerful to the listener. And that’s basically all I’m interested in. At what cost? Who cares? As long as the song really, really moves people, then whatever sacrifices you have to make in order to get there are fine with me. It’s not such a bad thing to inhabit these emotions – you’re very, very much alive and in the moment while you’re doing so.”
You can listen to the band’s brand new track here and also watch the official visualizer below:
Placebo will also embark on a run of headline UK / IE tour dates in 2022 and tickets are available here.
You can also pre-order the impending album “Never Let Me Go” here.