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New record deal and UK tour is The Answer for Co Down rockers

Northern Irish rockers The Answer have re-signed to their record company – and are planning a big UK tour to support a new album.

The Co Down band, formed in 2000,  released their last album New Horizon in September 2013.

They have just re-signed to Napalm Records and will release a new album – titled Raise a Little Hell – on 9 March.

That month The Answer will hit the road again on a world tour kicking off in Belfast's Limelight 2  on Friday 6 March.

Tickets go on sale this Friday from all usual outlets.

Made up of guitarist Paul Mahon, vocalist Cormac Neeson, bass player Micky Waters and drummer James Heatley, the band are well known on the rock circuit having supported the Rolling Stones, Whitesnake, AC/DC and a host of others.

The Answer are also set to perform a couple of UK festival shows this winter at which they will be featuring new material from the forthcoming album.

Speaking about the latest development, Cormac Neeson said: "It bodes well for the future when a record label phones our management to say they want to sign us up for another two records. In music business terms that's some seriously long term commitment.

“We've got a strong and effective working relationship with Napalm Records and long may it continue."

He said the new album should please existing fans and drawn in new ones:  "This album was all about having as much fun in the studio as possible and making a serious racket while we were at it.

“It's a very organic sounding blues rock record with great songs, catchy choruses, driving grooves and face melting solos.

“If I was neutral rock listener and this album found its way onto my car stereo I'd be a very happy bunny indeed!!"

He added:  "There's quite a lot of different flavours on our new album which is something we always strive for. Whether its four to the floor rock n roll you're after or something a little more subtle this records got it going on.

"Long Live The Renegades is an in your face anthem that celebrates the people in his world who stick to their guns and remain true and uncompromising no matter what.

"Strange Kinda Nothing is a lot more chilled than most of the other tunes on there and begins with a single acoustic guitar and vocal but builds to a fititing crescendo as the song moves through the gears.

"Last Days Of Summer is an out and out stoner blues track that laments a loss of innocence and hope. The good times soon return however with up tempo rockers like I Am What I Am and Red.”

Speaking about the tour, he said:  “The dates for the UK and Europe have been finalised with a loose plan for the States and Japan being put together as we speak so it should another interesting and exciting year.

“We've already been confirmed to a few big festivals next Summer including Wacken Open Air in Germany, Nova Rock in Austria and Hellfest in France.

“We just really hope we can continue to build on the momentum we have at the moment and to enjoy making our music as much as we always have done

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