30 years on from the release of their debut self-titled album, which remains to this day Island Records’ highest selling debut album from any artist, The Christians have unveiled the video for their new single ‘Ideal World’, taken from new album ‘Sings & Strings’ – a unique, acoustic and orchestral reworking of some of their greatest hits.
Showing the band performing in the studio where they created ‘Sings & Strings’, the video for ‘Ideal World’ was recorded in Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, and features vocalist and founding member Garry Christian backed by his band members of over 10 years, Joey Ankrah and Neil Griffiths.
The video also features fellow Liverpudlians the Echo String Quartet, and members of the AMC Gospel Choir from Birmingham, who The Christians enlisted for this special album, while utilising the piano Coldplay recorded their first album on.
The hushed, almost gospel take, on ‘Ideal World’ is evidence of Garry’s heavily exposed vocals being as soulful as they were 30 years ago, but, in 2017, there’s a new, added layer of experience to the velvet voice, and, throughout the album, ‘Sings & Strings’ breathes new light through old windows.
On recording the reimagined versions of his classic songs, Garry said:
“Doing my vocals was strange with only me and a piano. I’m used to singing with a lot more around me but we got through it fine…I think!"
Following the new album release, The Christians embark on a UK-wide 30-date tour with Midge Ure and Altered Images in October and November, and have plans for a dedicated ‘Sings & Strings’ tour in the New Year, plus a brand new Christians album with a totally fresh body of work, penned by Garry, to follow.
Buy / Stream “Sings & Strings”: https://thechristians.lnk.to/SingsAndStringsFA
10 Oct Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
11 Oct Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
13 Oct Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
14 Oct Guildford G Live
15 Oct Milton Keynes Theatre
17 Oct Oxford New Theatre
18 Oct High Wycombe Swan Theatre
19 Oct Folkestone Lea Cliff Hall
20 Oct Skegness The Embassy
22 Oct Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
23 Oct Dundee Caird Hall
24 Oct Gateshead Sage
25 Oct Manchester Opera House
27 Oct Dartford Orchard Theatre
28 Oct Basingstoke The Anvil
29 Oct Sheffield City Hall
31 Oct Halifax Victoria Theatre
01 Nov Buxton Opera House
02 Nov Birmingham Town Hall
03 Nov York Grand Opera House
04 Nov Southport Theatre
05 Nov Blackpool Grand Theatre
07 Nov London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
08 Nov Torquay Princess Theatre
09 Nov Portsmouth Guildhall Theatre
10 Nov Salisbury City Hall
11 Nov Truro Hall For Conrnwall
14 Nov Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
15 Nov Eastbourne Devonshire Theatre
17 Nov St Albans Arena Arena
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