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FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES release new album Dark Rainbow

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes release their highly-anticipated new album Dark Rainbow today via AWAL / International Death Cult.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - credit Brian Rankin
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - credit Brian Rankin

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes release their highly-anticipated new album Dark Rainbow today via AWAL / International Death Cult.

In contrast to their previous records – which were snapshots of the time and mindset in which they were made – Dark Rainbow was born from self-reflection, memory and gratitude. “I’m just witnessing the world change so quickly and I’m still trying to come to terms with who I am and what the authentic version of me is,” Carter says. “By giving people what I thought they wanted I think I got further and further away from who I actually am, you know? So now, first and foremost, I’m prioritising what I need. Sobriety has been really, really helpful for me.”

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - credit Brian Rankin
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – credit Brian Rankin

The southern gothic balladry and crooning alt rock that they’ve experimented with on their previous releases is boldly up front on this record. There are a select few ragers on there too, for good measure. It’s not so much a new direction, but Carter and Richardson centering who they really are, mining their souls and unearthing the music that lives within them. “From the start, the ballads always came easy to us,” Richardson remembers. “But at no point did we question whether we should make more of them. Now we are.”

Carter explains that this is the most authentic album he’s ever made, and that came from them doing the work, and really getting to know themselves and each other. “We’ve lived a lot of life together,” Carter says. “A lot has rested on our shoulders. In a creative sense that’s a beautiful thing.”

Dark Rainbow is a bold exploration of who Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes were, who they are and who they can someday be. There’s an undeniable strength in self-acceptance and in the search for your authentic spirit. That strength emanates from them and can be heard in droves on their new album. As they gear up for headline tours through the UK, EU, USA and AUS in early 2024, Carter and Richardson have never been more ready.

Listen to Dark Rainbow here.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - 2024 tour dates
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – 2024 tour dates

On top of the album’s release, the band will take on a sold-out run of UK instores / outstores at which they will be performing a special stripped back set for fans. On Saturday 27th, Frank will open his tattoo shop, Rose Of Mercy, on Hoxton St in London for a special Dark Rainbow day that will include spray painted LPs, ltd edition merch, tattooing and more.

February sees the band embarking on their biggest tour to date, headlining shows through the UK, Europe, Australia and USA.

Dark Rainbow UK instore and outstore shows

Fri 26 Jan – The Church with Banquet Records, Kingston Upon Thames

Sun 28 Jan – Jacaranda, Liverpool

Mon 29 Jan – Resident Music, Brighton

Tue 30 Jan – Rough Trade East, London

Wed 31 Jan – Rough Trade, Nottingham

Thu 01 Feb – The Foundry with Bear Tree Records, Sheffield

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes tour poster | Download hi-res image here

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes World Tour 2024

All tickets are on sale now from the band’s website here.

06 Feb – The Great Hall, Cardiff, UK

07 Feb – O2 Academy, Bristol, UK

09 Feb – Academy, Manchester, UK

10 Feb – Northumbria Uni Student’s Union, Newcastle, UK

11 Feb – Barrowland, Glasgow, UK

13 Feb – O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

14 Feb – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, UK

15 Feb – Roundhouse, London, UK

16 Feb – Roundhouse, London, UK – SOLD OUT

22 Feb – Metropol, Berlin, DE

23 Feb – Live Music Hall, Cologne, DE

24 Feb – Le Bataclan, Paris, FR

26 Feb – AB Main Hall, Brussels, BE

27 Feb – 013 Poppodium, Tilburg, Netherlands, NL

16 Apr – Magnet House, Perth, AUS

18 Apr – The Gov, Adelaide, AUS

19 Apr – 170 Russell, Melbourne, AUS

20 Apr – Barwon Club, Geelong, AUS

23 Apr – Triffid, Brisbane, AUS

24 Apr – Crowbar, Sydney, AUS

13 May – The End, Nashville TN, USA

14 May – Subterranean, Chicago IL, USA

17 May – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON,CAN

20 May – Foundry, Philadelphia PA, USA

21 May – The Gramercy Theatre, New York NY, USA

22 May – Atlantis, Washington DC, USA

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