Having already given fans a taste of what’s to come after dropping two singles earlier this year- Leicester’s Uncle Frank, the funk/pop/hip-hop/rock freight train that BBC Radio 1 calls “Among the country’s most prolific, endearing and talented bands” have announced the official release of their brand new “Love Lion” album on Friday, March 17th!
The band, made up of multi-instrumentalists and producers Frank Benbini (also one third of The Fun Lovin’ Criminals) & Naim Cortazzi, the band has garnered National Radio plays from Huey Morgan on BBC6 Music and BBC Radio 2 and A-listed on Regional Radio throughout the UK.
Touring with the legendary UB40 in America, Frank and Naim duetted with Ali Campbell and UB40 at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Centre singing a reggae version Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ which is on the Radio Riddler album ‘Purple Reggae’ (produced by Frank and Fast from FLC) and featuring vocals from Ali Campbell, Sinead O’Connor, Suggs from Madness, Citizen Cope and Beverley Knight.
With their highly anticipated release of the Love Lion LP released just last Friday, and some great live U.K. performances, you won’t want to miss out. Check out the title song below!
We managed to catch up with the band as they talk about the latest release and more!
So how has Love Lion been since the release?
Well it’s only been a few days but getting a great response and buzz which is fantastic for us.
Tell us about the album:
the album is true UF pulling on our background and upbringing as kids from the 80’s you can definitely feel that running through the record and as always Our love for Prince and old school flavours with the ballads it’s the best body of work and a great record.
Was it is like being noticed by BBC Radio 1?
it’s always nice for our music to be recognised and played on record to music lovers it’s a positive thing and we live all things positive .
How was it touring with UB40?
the best Ali and the boys are very good friends of ours they have looked out for us on the road too- but playing all over the USA in great venues was just the best.
What has been the highlight of your band so far?
the highlight well these been a few but the 1st time we played in our home town and we saw what we are capable of live – that was a big highlight.
If you could work with any band on a new song, who would it be and why?
Rival Sons – because they are just awesome live and as dudes.
Will there be a tour with the release of the album?
yes we have dates being firmed up and festivals but a full tour is in the works plus dates in the states.
How much does your fans mean to you guys?
everything – as a fan of many artists we appreciate what It takes when you commit and fall in love with a band or artist and spend money etc – it means the world to us and we respect UF fans in a big way.