Busted have grown-up without growing old with their fourth album ‘Half Way There’ which will be released on February 8, 2019. It finds the trio returning to their hyperactive pop-punk sound for the first time since 2003’s all-conquering, multi-Platinum album ‘A Present For Everyone’.
James Bourne, Charlie Simpson and Matt Willis approached the new album with a simple goal in mind: “How do we make the ultimate Busted album?”
They spent a year working on the album. Writing more material than ever, much of it at Bourne’s apartment in North London where they spent so much time together back when they first started the band. They constantly revisited each idea to make the album as strong as it could possibly be, and had the opportunity to work with their dream producer Gil Norton, the man behind classic albums from Foo Fighters and Pixies.
The result is an album that expands upon Busted’s trajectory the first time around. It’s a rush of melody and effervescent riffs as they blend huge arena-filling choruses with the classic pop-punk sound of Blink 182 and New-Found Glory.
“I cannot wait for fans to hear this record and to be able to talk to them on social media about it,” says Willis. “I just have a feeling that they’re going to love it.”
“If I was a Busted fan, I’d listen to this record and feel like I got my band back,” agrees Bourne.
Simpson adds, “It still has humorous elements and we’re still having a lot of fun, but we have some very poignant songs too. Our fans grew up with us so they’ll be able to relate to them too.”
‘Half Way There’ is Busted’s fourth album and their second after returning with ‘Night Driver’ in 2016. The title is a play on the reference in their huge hit ‘Year 3000’ to the band releasing their seventh album. Now they’re halfway to achieving precisely that, and far ahead of schedule.
Capturing the band’s larger-than-life personalities, the album cover was conceptualised and shot by Rankin. The album is now available to pre-order from https://lnk.to/busted-halfwaythere
Everyone who pre-orders ‘Half Way There’ from https://busted.tmstor.es before 9AM on November 2nd will receive exclusive access to a pre-sale for their new UK arena tour. The pre-sale will commence from 8AM on October 31st before closing at 9AM on November 2nd when tickets go on general sale. March arena tour dates:
Busted will play Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on March 26, 2019