The Charlatans – Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Martin Blunt and Tony Rogers – release their twelfth album, Modern Nature on 26 January 2015 and to coincide with the release will headline the Roundhouse on March 16.

The album comes after a brutally difficult year for the band following the death from brain cancer of their old friend and drummer Jon Brookes last year. Rogers says that they were determined to carry on to honour Brookes’ memory – “Jon was adamant that there was going to be another Charlatans record, and you have to put that into your own thoughts.”

The band went into their studio Big Mushroom in January 2014 and as Tim recalls, “we were aching for the summer when we wrote it. It was freezing and we were trying to write songs that made us happy.”

The result is Modern Nature. Featuring eleven new tracks, the album was produced by The Charlatans and Jim Spencer and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead). The album features a cacophony of contributors from their three temporary drummers – Pete Salisbury of The Verve, Stephen Morris of New Order and Gabriel Gurnsey of DFA’s avant-disco group Factory Floor, to Kate Bush’s backing singers Melanie Marshall and Sandra Marvin, strings by Sean O’ Hagan and brass courtesy of Dexys’ Big Jim Paterson.

In Modern Nature, The Charlatans have achieved that rare feat of making a gigantic step forward without losing what made them so special in the first place.

The Quietus

One the finest albums of their career.

Q Magazine