Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
11:00 AM 18th March 2020

The Pretenders Return With A New Album

The Pretenders are delighted to announce their brand-new album Hate For Sale, set for release on 1st May via BMG. The album is the first to be recorded with the now long-standing touring line-up of the group. The band have also shared the first new music from the album The Buzz, following a radio premiere on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 show.

Speaking about The Buzz, Chrissie Hynde said:

“I think we all know that love affairs can take on the characteristics of drug addiction. It’s about that. Not mine of course - I’m never obsessive never obsessive never obsessive”

Produced by the revered Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur) Hate For Sale is The Pretenders’ eleventh studio album and the first to be written collaboratively by Chrissie Hynde and electrifyingly dynamic guitarist James Walbourne.

Speaking about writing with James for the first time, Chrissie added:

“I wanted to write with him since day one. James is especially sought after and has recorded with Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Gahan, and The Rails, to name but a few. We always planned on writing while on the road, but as anyone in a band will tell you, being on tour is a procrastinator's dream come true”.

The Pretenders most recent album, 2016’s Alone was a critical success and a welcome return for the line-up, coming eight years after 2008’s Break Up The Concrete. The band supported Fleetwood Mac on their UK stadium tour in June 2019, which included two shows at Wembley Stadium.

I first saw the band at St Georges Hall in Bradford with the original line up and their gig at Leeds University Refectory in December 1981 still stands out as one of the best gigs I saw at the venue.

The Pretenders new album Hate For Sale is released on 1st May via BMG and is available on CD and heavyweight 12 inch vinyl formats.