BLACK GRAPE, Shaun Ryder's post-Happy Mondays' band are back and will play Britain and Ireland this November and December to celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut album It’s Great When You're Straight... Yeah.
Following the success of last year’s reunion tour, Shaun Ryder said: “I am loving Black Grape and really enjoying it this time round, more than ever. I'm looking forward to doing It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah on tour and can't wait to get stuck into recording a new album.”
The tour will see the band play Strange Brew at the Róisín Dubh on December 22, performing It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah in its entirety. The album was released in October 1995 and entered the charts at No 1. It also yielded the Top 10 hit singles ‘Reverend Black Grape’ and ‘ In The Name of the Father’, and Top 20 hit ‘Kelly's Heroes’. Allmusic.com has described the album as "surreal, funky, profane, and perversely joyous...overflowing with casual eclecticism and giddy humor. Working with a band that is looser and grittier than the Mondays, Ryder sounds reinvigorated, creating bizarre rhymes that tie together junk culture, drug lingo, literary references, and utter nonsense."
“It's been an absolute pleasure doing the Black Grape gigs and I'm really looking forward to jousting with Shaun again and generally having a blast, man," said rapper Paul 'Kermit' Leveridge, who co-founded Black Grape with Ryder, during the recording of The Happy Mondays' Yes Please album. It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah will be re-issued later this this year.
Tickets go on general sale from 10am on Friday May 20 from www.roisindubh.net, the Ticket Desk at OMG Zhivago, Shop Street, and The Róisín Dubh.