New video for “Woe” out now!

Delighted to present our first ever AI created video for “Woe” which is taken from our recent “Hard Cold Fire” album. The video was created by Roni Abramowsky for Firma Productions and has a stark cinematic look to it. You can watch below…

“The song itself is looking at finding a way out of misery and looking ahead. Focusing on things you can change and using bad experiences as a springboard to make the right moves.” Andy Cairns

“Hard Cold Fire” is out now on Marshall Records. Stream/buy/listen HERE

Finally! “Semi-Detached” 12″vinyl re-issue

Yes, to mark the 25th anniversary of its release, the good folks at Music For Vinyl have put together (for the first time!) a 12″ coloured vinyl of Semi Detached! It was our 5th studio album and as well as including the hits “Church Of Noise” and “Lonely Cryin’ Only” has a ton of fan faves like “Safe”, “Straight Life” & “The Boy’s Asleep” on there.

Due out on 27th October 2023 you can now stream/order here

New merch onsale now

Yes indeed! To go with the “Hard Cold Fire” tour we have some new shirt designs, a beanie and a rather cool looking scarf added to the online shop. You can browse and buy HERE!

All “Hard Cold Fire” shows now on sale!

All the November/December 2023 “Hard Cold Fire” headline shows are now onsale. We will have the awesome Bokassa in tow so these shows are not to be missed!

30 Nov UK Brighton Concorde2

1 Dec UK Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

2 Dec UK Sheffield Academy2

3 Dec UK Northampton Roadmenders

7 Dec UK Bristol The Fleece

8 Dec UK Manchester Academy 2

9 Dec UK Sunderland Pop Recs

14 Dec UK London Electric Ballroom

15 Dec UK Bradford Nightrain

16 Dec UK Birmingham O2 Institute2

“Hard Cold Fire” is here!

“Hard Cold Fire” is finally out right now! It’s been a crazy old journey over the last 33 years to get to this point but here it is, album #16. Feedback on the advance songs has been killer as have the reviews but most importantly you can now hear it yourselves…You can buy/listen below and HERE


There are a few album release ‘instores’ next week where we will be playing the new album in full, they’re all sold out bar Oxford but rest assured there’s a full ‘proper’ Hard Cold Fire tour coming later in the year. All the shows confirmed to date (and festivals etc) are on the main site here

Finally (for now!) a huge thanks to all our friends out there who have bought our records, gig tickets and merch and stayed with us through the pandemic, sharing your stories and cheering us on. Without you we wouldn’t be here, so thank you from the very bottom of our dark, twisted, lovely hearts.

As we always say, we couldn’t do this without you folks!

Now strap in, crank the volume and enjoy “Hard Cold Fire”!

Andy-Michael-Neil TPY?2023

Poundland Of Hope And Glory video-watch it now!

In advance of the release of Hard Cold Fire on 05 May, we’re delighted to give you another taste of the album with our new video for Poundland of Hope and Glory. Following on from Joy, the track is another driving, anthemic tune with lyrics by vocalist/guitarist Andy Cairns.

Andy says, “this track started out as a hard take on how people lose themselves in narratives to the point that the myth takes on greater importance than the fact. Just like the old adage about the liar repeating the lie so much that they eventually believe it themselves, the culture around us is bursting with fairy stories we tell ourselves.”

“Hard Cold Fire” coming May 5th, pre-order now!

Hard Cold Fire is coming!

Released 5th May 2023

Extremely happy to confirm our 16th album “HARD COLD FIRE” will be released on 5th May, brought to you via Marshall Records. We’re hugely proud of the album and delighted to share cover, track list and the pre-order info today.

10 brand new dark bangers, produced and mixed by Chris Sheldon with artwork by Nigel Rolfe. You can pre-order limited colour vinyl, cd and cassette, as well as an exclusive t-shirt, test pressings and handwritten lyrics now!


Please note the green vinyl version is autographed & only available direct from the band HERE

Here’s a first taster of the album, “Joy”. Official video below, with song also available on all streaming services as of today.

We are doing a number of UK electric ‘instore’ appearances the week of release so CLICK HERE for instore appearances

Hard Cold Fire” tracklisting

  • They Shoot The Terrible Master
  • Woe
  • Joy
  • Bewildered Herd
  • Two Wounded Animals
  • To Disappear
  • Mongrel
  • Poundland Of Hope And Glory
  • Ugly
  • Days Kollaps

New album also means new LIVE SHOWS! We have festivals happening this summer with the ‘proper’ album tour later in the year. A few shows already booked so keep an eye on social media and on the OFFICIAL TOUR PAGE to see the upcoming dates as they get added.

Looking forward to bringing ‘Hard Cold Fire‘ to a city near you soon!

Cheers for your ongoing support and looking forward to you all getting to hear the new tunes!


Andy, Neil, Michael T?2023

HARD COLD FIRE-Belgian/Netherlands/German/Polish shows 2023 tour confirmed!

Delighted to be heading back to some of our favourite places this October & November! We will be doing “Hard Cold Fire” headline shows at…

Oct 5th, Trix Antwerp, BE (SOLD OUT)
Oct 6th, Reflektor Liege,BE (SOLD OUT)
Oct 07th, Effenaar (Come As You Are Festival) Eindhoven, NL
Oct 08th, Melkweg Amsterdam, NL

Nov 10th, Gebaude 9, Koln, DE (w/BOKASSA)
Nov 11th, Das Bett, Frankfurt, DE (w/BOKASSA)
Nov 12th, Backstage Halle, Munich, DE (w/BOKASSA)

Nov 14th, Proxima, Warsaw, PL (w/BOKASSA)
Nov 16th, SO36, Berlin, DE (w/BOKASSA)

Nov 18, Bolwerk, Sneek, NL

Tickets onsale now and more info over HERE AT THE TOUR PAGE!


Yes, its that time of year when the band share what listening/watching/reading they have been enjoying this year. Loads of amazing stuff to enjoy this year, read on->



Stranglers-Limelight, Belfast
Ash-Shiiine On Festival
At The Gates-Wacken Festival
The Dropout
Slow Horses
The Chestnut Man
Start Up
Only Murders In The Building
Stewart Lee-Tornado
Bad Sisters


Girls In Synthesis-The Rest Is Distraction
Darkthrone-Astral Fortress
Killing Pace-Killing Pace
Devil Master-Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night
Pertubator-Final Light
Def Leppard-Diamond Star Halos
His Lordship-All Cranked Up ep
Viagra Boys-Cave World
Chat Pile-God’s Country
Funeral Chic-Roman Candle
Drug Church-Hygiene
Blind Illusion-Wrath Of The Gods
Ozzy Ozbourne-Patient Number 9
Black Halos-How The Darkness Doubled
Voivod-Synchro Anarchy
Sonja-Loud Arriver
KEN Mode-Null
Echo Machine-The Cage
High Vis-Blending
Sweet Teeth-High Anxiety
U-Ziq-Magic Pony Ride


Klaus Bartos-The Sound Of The Machine:My Life In Kraftwerk & Beyond
Michael Hann-Denim And Leather
Jess Kidd-Things In Jars
Emma Haughton-The Dark
Merlin Sheldrake-Entangled Life
Sarah Pearse-The Retreat
Stuart Neville-The House Of Ashes
Albert Camus-The Plague
Barney Hoskyns-Major Dudes:A Steely Dan Companion
Hari Kunzru-Red Pill



Everything Everywhere All At Once
Nil by Mouth
Crimes of the Future
The Worst Person in the World
The Innocents (2021 Eskil Vogt)
Licorice Pizza
Boiling Point
FIFA Uncovered
Mateo Kovačić scoring screamer at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea against Liverpool in January
Ash at Shiiiine On Festival
Enola Gay live
La Muerte live in Belgium
Lightning Bolt/Sly and the Family Drone/Big Lad at the Scala in London


Dømes – Opal
Cassels – A Gut Feeling
Helms Alee – Keep this be the Way
Cave In – Heavy Pendulum
Iceboy Violet – The Vanity Project
Blackhaine – Armour II
Petbrick – Liminal
Peng Weng – Six of the Best of the Worst of Peng Weng
Blind Eye – Decomposed
Thee Alcoholics – Seven Inch
Burial – Streetlands
Off! – Free LSD
Girls in Synthesis – The Rest is Distraction
James Johnson & Steve Gullick – Everybody’s Sunset
No Spill Blood – Anvil Crawler
Rews – The World that you Left Behind
Enola Gay – Gransha
La Muerte – Sortilegia
Lucrecia Dalt – Ay
Benefits – Meat Teeth


Sidney Gottlieb & Donal Martin – Haunted by Vertigo
Rachel Aviv – Strangers to Ourselves
Paul Ride – Ride to Hell
Eddie McCreadie’s Blue & White Army – Eddie Mac Eddie Mac
Kier-La Janisse – House of Psychotic Women
Martin Knight – Broken Wafers
CFCUK fanzine
Sight & Sound Magazine


The Bear
Archive 81
Better Call Saul
Breaking Bad
Inside Man
Am I Being Unreasonable?
Sisters of Mercy – Suikerrock Festival
Ash – Shiine On Festival
At The Gates – Wacken Festival
PIL – Rock City, Nottingham
Benefits – Bodega, Nottingham

Dr Richard Shepherd – Unnatural Causes
The Secret Barrister – Stories of The Law & How It’s Broken
Frederick Douglass – Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass
Fintan O’Toole – Heroic Failure
Ken Follett – Pillars of The Earth
Grayson Perry – The Descent of Man

Art Blakey & Clifford Brown – A Night at Birdland Vol 1
Benefits – Thump
Kae Tempest – More Pressure
Enola Gay – Scrappers
Lewsburg – In This House
Pet brick – Primer
Anthrax – Spreading the Disease