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Lloyd Cole30/01/2023

 Lloyd Cole will release a new album, ‘On Pain’, on 23rd June ’23 via earMUSIC. ‘On Pain’ is Lloyd’s twelfth album as a solo artist and features eight new Lloyd Cole songs, four of which are co-written by Commotions founding members Blair Cowan and Neil Clark, who also perform on the record. The album is produced by Chris Merrick Hughes and was recorded in Lloyd’s attic studio The Establishment. As a special for all fans limited and signed ‘On Pain’ art prints will be made available. 




In March, prior to the release of the album, Lloyd will release a digital EP of (p)remixes of the epic album closer ‘Wolves’. The EP mixes are: 

1. Wolves – Martyn Ware and Charles Stooke mix 

2. Wolves – Barry Burns (Mogwai) mix 

3. Wolves – Lloyd Cole Red Star mix 

4. Wolves – Chris Merrick Hughes alternative mix 

5. Wolves – Olaf Opal mix 


Lloyd Cole has announced a UK/Ireland tour in the autumn. Blair Cowan and Neil Clarke will be appearing with him. The full list of dates is:



 OCTOBER 2023 

Fri 06 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Tyne Theatre and Opera House 

Sat 07 LIVERPOOL The Philharmonic Hall 

Sun 08 DUBLIN Olympia Theatre 

Tue 10 MANCHESTER Albert Hall 

Thu 12 ABERDEEN Tivoli Theatre 

Sat 14 EDINBURGH Usher Hall 

Sun 15 GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall 

Tue 17 YORK Barbican 

Thu 19 LONDON Union Chapel 

Fri 20 LONDON Union Chapel 

Tue 24 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange 

Wed 25 IPSWICH The Corn Exchange 

Fri 27 BUXTON Opera House 

Sat 28 COVENTRY Cathedral 

Sun 29 NOTTINGHAM Albert Hall 

Tue 31 BRIGHTON Dome 

Tickets are available from http://www.lloydcole.com/live/ 



Says Lloyd: “I’m excited to still be finding new methods, new perspectives, new sounds. The album may be nearing commercial death, but my career has been in that state for almost 30 years and here we are, still, and I still want to make albums. I still want to be heard. I’m very much looking forward to being on stage with Neil, and Blair in October. We have no intention of producing a retro show.” 



Lloyd Cole has released 16 studio albums including three with The Commotions [‘Rattlesnakes’ (84), ‘Easy Pieces’ (’85), Mainstream (’87)] eleven solo albums [‘Lloyd Cole’ (’90), ‘Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe’ (’91), ‘Bad Vibes’ (’93), ‘Love Story’ (95), ‘Plastic Wood’ (’01), ‘Music In A Foreign Language’ (’03), ‘Anti Depressant’ (’06), ‘Broken Record’ (’10), ‘Standards’ (’13), ‘1D’ (’15), ‘Guesswork’ (’19)], one with The Negatives [‘The Negatives (2000)] and one with Hans Joachim Roedelius [‘Selected Studies Vol. 1’ (’13)]. 




“An Olympian effort of ingenious economical wordplay, Cole’s sometimes cryptic but always compelling latest is for empty-nesters mourning duty and purpose, for middle agers smote with ennui and uncertainty, and for couples battling over-familiarity. Still, there is perfect pop here…. plus the all important smattering of Cole’s trademark archness. A poised and expansive record… Guesswork opens up whole new worlds for Cole.” 


“Puttering drum machines and Blue Nile atmospherics offer a perfect backdrop for Lloyd’s elegant hi-spec misery.” 


“An intellectual titan compared with his frivolous new romantic contemporaries… coming across like the Pet Shop Boys remixing Radio Gaga, albeit with more troubling lyrics..” 

The Observer 

“…eight graceful, elegant tracks, which set his suave songwriting and instantly recognisable voice to a predominantly electronic backdrop. It is a best-of-both-worlds scenario….no matter what the musical style Cole wears it well.” ‘Album Of The Week’ 


“…articulate and economical lyrically and musically….a steely sense of poise and grace carries through superbly tailored adult scenarios….it’s hard to argue against Violins and Night Sweats being among his finest ever achievements.” 4* 

Daily Mirror 

“Even given the witty, literate company – Paddy MacAloon, Edwyn Collins, Morrissey – Lloyd Cole stood out in the 80s. And he’s still doing it, albeit using electronics and tempering the bons mots with the odd expletive….Lloyd Cole overestimates his coldness, he’s just cool.” 

Record Collector 




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