Press Release

New Album - "Moments Of Madness"
Released Friday 7th October 2022

Pre-Order CD, Vinyl, Ltd Edition Coloured Vinyl & Bundles At 10am
on Tuesday 19th April From: https://hughcornwell.tmstor.es

Pre-Save New Song "Red Rose" Here

Hugh Cornwell Moments Of Madness
November 2022 UK Tour

48 HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE STARTS TUESDAY 19th APRIL 2022
AT 10AM FROM: https://hughcornwell.tmstor.es

TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE THURSDAY 21st APRIL FROM
WWW.THEGIGCARTEL.COM & WWW.HUGHCORNWELL.COM

Hugh Cornwell returns with his sensational and highly anticipated tenth solo album Moments of Madness with ten outstanding tracks that are set to stun. The album is released on Friday October 7, 2022. The album is available to pre-order at 10am on Tuesday 19th April 19th www.hughcornwell.com.

Pre-Save new song Red Rose at https://lnk.to/redrose-hc

To dovetail with the new album, Hugh will embark on a 21-date nationwide UK tour from November 4 to December 3, 2022. A 48-hour ticket pre-sale will start at 10am on Tuesday April 19 via www.hughcornwell.com and www.thegigcartel.com. Tickets will then go on general sale on at 10am on Thursday April 21 via www.hughcornwell.com and www.thegigcartel.com.

Widely regarded as the poet laureate of the punk era (from his early career fronting the Stranglers to his transition as a solo artist), Hugh Cornwell has built a substantial and singular body of impressive solo albums. His tenth solo opus, Moments of Madness, continues his illustrious output by experimenting with musical genres as his enviable reputation as a wordsmith resounds across this album's songs.

Self-produced, and playing all of the instruments himself, Moments of Madness' ten incredible tracks finds Hugh flexing his musical muscles with a stripped down, offbeat, reverberating sixties vibe ringing from the  seductive melodies and lyrically distinctive perceptions that are indelibly stamped with Hugh’s trademark imagination. Vocally and lyrically a career-best, Hugh has never sounded so good on his tenth solo album.

A high watermark and a modern-day masterpiece, Moments of Madness is being tipped as the most significant album of Hugh’s career.

Four years since his previous remarkable solo album Monster, the opener, and first single, Coming Out of the Wilderness surfs an edgy and explosive sixties sound with a heavy Duane Eddy guitar twang as Hugh declares, "I'm coming out of the wilderness, learnt how to throw a bowie knife. Ran into fair-haired maiden's out there but didn't take no wife.”

On the new album, there is no mistaking Hugh’s distinctive vocals and lyrical mastery as the consummate storyteller. He returns with his inimitable observations on the art of survival in these challenging and turbulent times.

Says Hugh, "It's like I've got a stew pot of sounds where I've put in a bit of Joe Meek, a bit of Lou Reed, a flavour of The Doors, a bit of this, a bit of that and I mix it all up and it tastes good. I'm like a cook when I make records in that I don't follow any recipe."

“I don't mind different types of jewellery, show it to me, just feel free', could be I'm missing the artistry" opines Hugh on Red Rose – a song about the bewildering trend for tattoos revealing a record of many gleaming lyrical gems.

Hugh's ecological message on Too Much Trash also resonates loudly on another irritating topic close to his heart as he eviscerates the thoughtless actions of the devil may care consumer society who needlessly drop litter everywhere. "We're heading for a crash. We got too much trash."

The surreal carousel of psychedelic motifs spinning from this sixties stew of sonic moments (of madness) echo down the years as Cornwell delivers his unique humour in the pithy lyrics for a safe port in the storm close relationship on I WannaHideInsideAya.

Looking for You reveals a Jim Morrison inspired vocal over this song's spooky atmospherics, and the semi-autobiographical and upbeat When I Was a Young Man opens a can of insightful, wistful emotions "As years go by and friends, they die they leave me living slow," Hugh sombrely sings as he reflects upon his family and friends.

Hugh explains his motivation to the monumental title track Moments of Madness that musically adventures in mixing a dash of dub as he strums a lockdown rhythm to this devilish groove. " The Clash did reggae so what's wrong with me doing it? I loved playing the bass on this track." On the album’s title track, Hugh's lyrics again have a finger on the pulse of our times. "Looking like the fog's gonna finally clear. Switch on all the lights at the end of the pier. Tidy up your makeup and shampoo your hair. Have a little party but nobody's there.”

Moments of Madness is multi-layered with serious messages, acute analysis, and witty observations in fun-filled lyrical and musical eccentricity. On Lasagna Hugh tells the story about his Italian friends who live in Mexico and make the best lasagne he has ever tasted. As always, Cornwell communicates with a biting humour in all the right places.

Hugh’s cautionary tales about matters of the heart are revealed in his inimitable coded style on Beware of the Doll. You think you’re listening to love. You’re sinking from a foot above.” And the more personal album closer Heartbreak at Seven which was the first song that Hugh recorded for this album. Illustrious, multi-talented and a legend, with Moments of Madness, Hugh Cornwell has produced a timely and thought-provoking masterpiece for our times.

TRACK LISTING

COMING OUT OF THE WILDERNESS
RED ROSE
I WANNAHIDEINSIDEYA
LOOKING FOR YOU
WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN
MOMENTS OF MADNESS
BEWARE OF THE DOLL
TOO MUCH TRASH
LASAGNA

HEARTBREAK AT SEVEN

November 2022 UK Tour

48 HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE STARTS TUESDAY 19th APRIL 2022
AT 10AM FROM: https://hughcornwell.tmstor.es

TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE THURSDAY 21st APRIL FROM
WWW.THEGIGCARTEL.COM & WWW.HUGHCORNWELL.COM

MILTON KEYNES, STABLES

FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2022

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 Stockwell Lane, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU
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HULL, TOWER BALLROOM

SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2022

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54 Anlaby Road, Hull, HU3 2SB
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EXETER, PHOENIX

WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2022

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Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
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SOUTHAMPTON, THE 1865

THURSDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2022

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Brunswick Square, Southampton, SO14 3AR
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CARDIFF, Y PLAS

FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2022

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Cardiff University, Park Pl, Cardiff, CF10 3QN
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BRIGHTON, CONCORDE 2

SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2022

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286A Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1EN
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BRISTOL, THE FLEECE

SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2022

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12 St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ
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LINCOLN, PLATFORM

WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2022

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University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS
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BURY ST EDMUNDS, THE APEX

THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2022

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1 Charter Square St, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP33 3FD
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NEWCASTLE, WYLAM BREWERY

FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2022

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Palace of Arts Exhibition Park, Claremont Road,
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE2 4PZ
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LEEDS, BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB 

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMEBER 2022

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33 Queen's Rd, Burley, Leeds, LS6 1NY
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CHESTER, LIVE ROOMS

SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2022

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1 Station Road, Chester, CH1 3DR
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SOUTHEND, CHINNERY’S

WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2022

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21-22 Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2EJ
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ISLINGTON, ASSEMBLEY HALL

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2022

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Upper St, Islington, London N1 2UD
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BILSTON, THE ROBIN

FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2022

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20 - 28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston,
Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ
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MANCHESTER, GORILLA

SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2022

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54-56 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5WW
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THE VENUE, DERBY

SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2022

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47-49 Abbey Street, Derby,  DE22 3SJ
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CARLISLE, THE OLD FIRE STATION

WEDNESDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2022

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Peter Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8QP
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EDINBURGH, LA BELLE ANGELE

THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER 2022

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11 Hastie's Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1HJ
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GLASGOW, THE GARAGE

FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER 2022

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490 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3LW
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LEMON TREE, ABERDEEN

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 2022

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5 W N Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
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Links & Downloads

Further Information

Peter Noble at Noble PR
+44 207 272 7772, +44 794 908 9762, peter@noblepr.co.uk