Brighton-based collective Moulettes bring their brand of alt pop/rock/folk to Sheffield next week.
The quintet are heading out on the road ahead of the release of their fourth studio album, Preternatural, which is inspired, at least partly, by an article in the New Scientist.
Lead singer and cello and guitar player Hannah Miller says: “I’ve always been fascinated by the natural world, but this article compelled me to look deeper and start exploring all the surreal and beautiful diversity that exists.
“There’s so many phenomenal creatures out there we thought they deserved their own album.
“There are so many things to write about. Lost love is sad, but a lost species is a tragedy for us all.”
The result is the 11-track “genre-defying” Preternatural, which is set for release on Friday, May 27.
Drummer Ollie Austin, who also contributes guitar, piano and vocals, says: “Presenting your own sort of eclecticism is the aim.
“Zappa, Gentle Giant to current bands like Field Music, John Grant, Snarky Puppy, My Brightest Diamond, Tuneyards, Tortoise etc would all agree. These were all references for the record.”
The Moulettes – Hannah, Ollie, bassoon player Ruth Skipper, double bass player Jim Mortimore and guitarist Raevennan Husbandes – play The Greystones, Sheffield, on Wednesday, May 4.
A venue spokesman said: “A band from the southern and western counties of this fair isle, they have been together since their mid-teens, earlier this century.
There’s so many phenomenal creatures out there we thought they deserved their own album.Hannah Miller, Moulettes singer
“After being tour support for Bellowhead they had a hugely successful 2015 playing most of the major festivals including Glastonbury, Cropredy, Beautiful Days, Cornbury, Purbeck and Green Man to name a few.
“They’re out this time promoting the follow-up to last year’s charting album and this is one of just eight UK shows.”
For tickets, priced from £14, visit www.mygreystones.co.uk