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- Stereophonics return on October 15th 2007 with the eagerly awaited 6th studio album ‘Pull The Pin’ – their first release in 2 years. Written by Kelly Jones, it looks set to be the definitive album of their 10-year career & features the lead single ‘It Means Nothing’, October 1st (download September 24th). Instantaneous and razor-sharp, it’s the perfect re-introduction to one of the UK’s biggest bands and looks set to dominate airwaves this summer.
Written by Kelly and produced by Kelly & Jim Lowe, ‘It Means Nothing’ is a dynamic, superlative track and the very first song to be commercially released from the new LP. Following the must-have album taster ‘Bank Holiday Monday’, which became a live favourite earlier this year, it’s both compelling and powerful, with melody and gravitas in equal measure.
Available on CD, two 7” vinyls and to download, the new single features exclusive live tracks, new material and the impressive video.
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IT’S the picture music fans thought they would never see.
Five years after their acrimonious split, the original Stereophonics line-up has been reunited at last – for an impromptu gig at a wedding party.
Former drummer Stuart Cable temporarily rejoined his old band for a brief set at the wedding reception of a long-time mutual friend.
It is the first time Cable has played with the band since he left under acrimonious circumstances in 2003. Explanations of Cable’s departure have always been contradictory, with lead singer Kelly Jones previously stating he was sacked for commitment issues, while Cable himself said he jumped before he was pushed.
Kelly Jones, Cable and Richard Jones started the band in Cwmaman in the early 1990s and hit the big time with their debut album Word Gets Around and its follow-ups, Performance and Cocktails and Just Enough Education to Perform.
On a DVD released to mark 10 years of the band, released earlier this year, the front-man said about the split, “All the crew were there but our drummer wasn’t there – it got completely ridiculous.”
By September 2006, the relationship between the pair appeared to have been repaired to an extent, with Cable telling the Western Mail how he had shared a few pints of Guinness with Jones in a London pub.
“We just had a bit of a chat and drink and got a few things off our chests,” he said at the time.
“Everything seems to be OK. We’ve texted each other a few times since.
“I wouldn’t say we’re back to where we were – friends like before. There’s a lot of water under the bridge but I apologised for a few things and he apologised for a few things.
“I think he’s mellowed with age and being a father.”
And there seemed to be no animosity between the pair as they shared a joke on stage at the wedding reception at Cwrt Bleddyn in Usk on December 27.
Cable and Kelly and Richard Jones had been invited to the wedding reception of Dave and Simone Roden from Ebbw Vale.
Dave Roden, a sound engineer, first met the Stereophonics 12 years ago when he was hiring out PA systems across South Wales.
He continued to work with them when they got signed to the V2 record label – owned by billionaire Richard Branson – and helped them set up at some of the best-known festivals in the world including Glastonbury and Reading.
He invited the three members of the original band to the reception separately and was extremely pleased to have them all turn up to help celebrate his special day.
Mr Roden said, “I love Stuart, I love Richard and I love Kelly.
“I invited them to our wedding as friends not as the Stereophonics.
“They respected that fact and it turned out to be a great day.”
The trio reunited on stage to perform a number of songs including Too Many Sandwiches, a song from the Stereophonics’ critically-acclaimed debut album, which was inspired by a wedding party.
Mr Roden said, “You couldn’t tell what they were thinking but everyone else thought there would be more tension than there actually was.
“They are really nice boys and people who are that close are going to get in rows, whether they are arguing over a million pound court case or a £1.60 pint.
“The only difference now is that people care when they are rowing and that’s why it made such big news.
“They can’t do anything now without someone having an opinion on it. They have made up now and that is between them; it’s their problem, not mine.”
Stereophonics released their sixth studio album, Pull the Pin, towards the end of last year, reaching number one in the UK album charts.
Stuart Cable currently presents a show on the recently-launched Xfm South Wales and has been working with his new band, Killing for Company, who supported The Who at the first-ever gig at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
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