New year, new James Bay! The British guitarist and singer released a brand new single late last week, in addition to revealing an upcoming run of U.K. and North American spring tour dates to go with a trimmed up new hairstyle of his. Bay’s latest single, titled “Wild Love,” provides a soft, synth touch to match the track’s soothing vocal work for a fantastic first impression of his follow up to 2015’s Chaos and the Calm LP.
Bay’s upcoming tour includes a total of 10 concerts, mostly within major cities across the U.S., starting with a local gig in London on March 15 before coming over to North America on March 25 with a show at Seattle’s Showbox. The tour isn't very long, but looks to hit all the biggest markets before presumably returning for a larger run of North American shows come summertime. Other notable stops on Bay’s spring run include shows at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on April 3 and Boston’s Royale a few nights later on April 5. Tickets for select shows on the upcoming tour will be going on sale to the general public starting this Friday, Feb. 16, and can be purchased by clicking here.
Bay stopped by BBC Radio late last week to debut “Wild Love” and talk about his next artistic chapter and how he’s aspiring to be different and evolve in the new year.
“For me, this journey is about evolution, this is the next chapter,” he stated on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio show. “I started somewhere, and I made as much of a kind of signature thing out of that first sound for my first record, and who I was as an artist on that record. This time, this is round two, this is chapter two. This is the next bit, this is the evolution from then to now and where I’m going.”
Bay would go on to talk about his ascent to mainstream popularity before and after his debut album back in 2015, admitting that he spent all of last year “writing and working” to prepare himself for the next step in his musical journey. He also shared the story of how producer Paul Epworth (Adele’s 25, U2’s Songs of Innocence) reach out to him after hearing some of his new recordings in hopes of setting up some collaborative writing sessions. The full interview can be heard in the stream below.
Spring Tour Dates:
March 15 - London, UK - Electric Brixton
March 25 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox (Click here for tickets)
March 27 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
March 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater
March 31 - Chicago, IL - Metro
April 2 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
April 3 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel (Click here for tickets)
April 5 - Boston, MA - Royale (Click here for tickets)
April 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
April 8 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall