After a seven-year hiatus, Irish rockers The Answer are set to make their long-awaited and highly-anticipated comeback with an exclusive and unique comeback performance in 2022 at this year’s Planet Rockstock festival on December 3.
Not only that, but they are delighted to announce that a new album has been recorded and is set to be released in 2023, produced by UK rock producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow) at the helm. The first single from the new record will precede their performance at Rockstock and give fans their first taste of the pure dynamism infused with the new music.
Video teaser here!
A serendipitous “how do you feel about writing again” call from management in early Covid-stricken 2020 planted a seed that slowly gathered pace as the band began to share new ideas that felt exciting, fresh and relevant. The now triumphantly completed collection of works displays all of the band’s raw attitude and uncompromising attitude. In their own words “It felt like we were back to the beginning, a total reset”.
Singer Cormac Neeson said: “We’ve been through a lot as a band, we’ve been around the world, made six great records that we’re all proud of, given our gigs, everything was always done to the best of our ability. to make honest and timeless music. that connects with rock fans and music fans in general. After six albums and a lot of miles on the road, we felt we had to take a step back and reset ourselves.
While it wasn’t an easy decision, looking back, it might have been the best decision we’ve ever made, as the end result is the album we’ve been waiting to make our whole lives…full of rock n roll good times and positive energy created by four brothers who, frankly, really missed each other. We’re back and we’re ready to bring you our best album ever!! »
Undeniably, The Answer – complete with ever-charismatic frontman Cormac Neeson, iconic guitarist Paul Mahon and the mighty rhythm section of bassist Micky Waters and drummer James Heatley – have achieved a lot in their careers that they can be proud of.
Emerging into the rock world spotlight in 2005, their debut single Keep Believin’ received critical acclaim and led The Answer to “Best New Band” at that year’s Classic Rock Awards. . The following year, the young band cemented that early promise with ‘Rise’, a debut album that received universally excellent reviews and bolstered its budding reputation with handfuls of gloriously anthemic songs like Under The Sky, Into The Gutter and Come Follow Me that have thrilled everyone from cantankerous classic rock fans to bright-eyed teenagers with a penchant for unrestrained rock ‘n’ roll.
Rise’ sold over 125,000 copies worldwide on indie rock label Albert Productions, a surprising debut feat that saw the band release their second album, the mighty ‘Everyday Demons’, three years later. the world was more than ready to embrace the response on an even larger scale.
The years that followed saw the band cement their formidable reputation, both as an amazing live band and as rock’s brightest hope, securing high profile supporting slots with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and a two-year stint on AC/DC’s 2008 Black Ice Tour, which took them around the world and to some of the biggest venues on the planet.
“We were thrown to the wolves many nights on the road with AC/DC and all we had to fall back on was the four of us playing together,” recalls Mercurial Guitar Hero Paul Mahon. “We had to make it work and dig really hard. It was a great moment.”
In 2019, Mark Alexander-Erber, longtime fan and founder of international indie hard rock label Golden Robot, fulfilled a lifelong ambition by signing The Answer to his Golden Robot Records for a brand new 7th studio album, scheduled for release. in 2023; a record that, in Alexander-Erber’s words, will be The Answer’s “greatest rock album of all time”, eclipsing Rise’s debut for power, songs and sheer attitude. To say I’m excited is an understatement, for me it’s a lifelong ambition and privilege to work with these guys.
With over 300,000 catalog album sales to their credit and considered one of the forerunners of what is now colloquially known as The New Wave Of Classic Rock, The Answer are now set to return in 2023 with a 7th album. triumphant which they say is undoubtedly his best. Again.