There have been approximately 7,600 sleeps between the release of Sleeper’s last album and this new one, which insiders are calling ‘The Modern Age’ (because that’s what it’s called). It was recorded last year with their trusty producer Stephen Street and it shows that the band haven’t lost the knack for penning breezy indie-pop with an eye on sharp lyrical concerns. The band actually split in 1998 after a string of hits including ‘What Do I Do Now?’, ‘Sale of the Century’ and ‘Nice Guy Eddie’ but hooked up again in 2018. Lead singer Louise Wener burbled joyously: “We had no plan to get back together. Sometimes life throws you a massive curve ball. You end up jumping off the cliff, just to see what it feels like.” If you’d like to jump off that cliff with them then get along to their Newcastle gig which, given that their first album in 21 years is released the same day, is sure to have something of a party vibe.
Sleeper, Friday 22 March, Riverside, Newcastle, 7pm, £20. riversidenewcastle.co.uk