Listen: Steps strike back with new single 'Scared of the Dark'
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U.K. pop group Steps re-emerged on the music scene with "Scared of the Dark" on March 9. The new single is a welcomed return to form for the quintet.

"Scared of the Dark" is the lead single from Steps' upcoming album, Tears on the Dancefloor. The group, comprised of members Claire Richards, Ian "H" Watkins, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee and Lee Latchford-Evans, ruled the U.K. charts from the late '90s to early 2000s with hits like "Tragedy," "One for Sorrow" and "Deeper Shade of Blue." They split up in 2001 and returned with 2012's Light Up the World album, which missed the marked. "Scared" sounds like a proper Steps 2017 update.

"Scared of the Dark" was penned by British singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan and Carl Ryden. Steps sound was shaped by disco groups like ABBA and the Bee Gees, and that influence returns. A full band shifts the pop production from majestic and melodramatic to undeniable dancefloor banger. The ladies of Steps take the lead and come on strong with haunting performances. "If I shiver, keep your body close to mine / Come on, baby / Come and take me in your arms," the group demands. Steps strike back with a new anthem that's familiar yet fresh and fierce.

"Scared of the Dark" is now available on iTunes and Apple Music. Upon release, the single knocked Ed Sheeran from the top spot on the U.K. iTunes chart. Steps' Tears on the Dancefloor album will drop on April 21. The group will embark on The Party on the Dancefloor Tour across the U.K. in November.