The Prodigy announce new album and UK tour

The Prodigy.
The Prodigy.

UK dance pioneers The Prodigy have revealed details of a new album and UK tour.

They will release their new album The Day is My Enemy on March 30 via the band’s own label Take Me To The Hospital.

It’s an album that takes you on a journey through the unchartered underbelly of urban nightlife, where anger is an ever-present energy lurking just beneath the surface of an edgy calm.

And the trio have also announced dates for a UK spring tour to tie in with the album release.

“I can’t tell you why this record came out so angry, I think its just in-built in me, ” says Liam Howlett.

“It’s more about what I like music to do. I’ve always seen music I like as a form of attack. That’s what I use music for, it’s an attack. I didn’t plan this album to sound violent, it’s just the sound that came out of the studio , a kind of build-up over the last 4 years . ‘Anger is an energy’ - that’s a lyric which always resonated with me. The tension is buried deep in the music right from the first drop. It’s all about the sound having that sense of danger. That’s what The Prodigy sound is about.”

Uncompromising first single ‘Nasty’ fires out of the cannons like a ferocious statement of intent and finds Keith Flint at his snarling best. Premiering as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1, it sets the tone perfectly for the new album.

By rights Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim shouldn’t be angry at all. The Prodigy have always cut a solitary path through the noisescapes of electronic dance music. They’ve dropped five epoch defining studio albums, including 2009’s world-dominating Invaders Must Die, and delivered unforgettable live performances that have taken electronic beats into unchartered territories. Throughout this time they’ve remained resolutely focused on their own vision, inspiring legions of artists along the way.

The Day Is My Enemy is probably the most British sounding album you’ll hear this year. Not British in the flag waving jingoistic sense, but in a way that understands that the nighttime spaces of urban Britain are a multi-hued cacophony of cultures. If Invaders Must Die was the sound of the rusted urban sprawl decaying like an open wound in the British countryside, then The Day is My Enemy is about the angry humanity existing in the decay of the urban nightmare.

Tickets go on general sale on Wednesday January 14

4 May - Newcastle 02 Academy

5 May - Bridlington Spa

7 May - Birmingham 02 Academy

8 May - Cardiff Arena

9 May - Blackpool Empress Ballroom

11 May - Reading Rivermead

12 May - Brighton Centre

14 May - Bournemouth BIC

15 May - London Alexandra Palace (3am curfew)

16 May - London Alexandra Palace