Since coming off the road after their last 95 date World tour which began at SXSW in Texas in 2009 and ended with another triumphant main-stage appearance at T In The Park in 2010, Craig and Charlie Reid then spent a year writing, subsequently recording their ninth studio album last autumn in Bath with producer Steve Evans at the helm. The album entitled ‘Like Comedy’ is released in the UK on 7th May by the leading and vibrant independent label Cooking Vinyl.
2012 then sees The Proclaimers back out live with a busy summer in UK and Europe which includes headlining the Hebridean and Big Tent festivals in Scotland, followed by another headline slot at Cambridge Festival and main stage appearances at the V Festivals in England. The Proclaimers have also now confirmed a six –week UK tour for October/November.
2012 also sees the filming of the movie version of the hugely successful award winning musical drama Sunshine On Leith featuring songs by The Proclaimers. Screenplay written by Stephen Greenhorn, produced by Glasgow based production company Black Camel Pictures and directed by Annie Griffin.
October 2011 saw the release of special editions of The Proclaimers first three albums released on Chrysalis (This Is The Story, Sunshine On Leith, Hit The Highway), each contains the original album plus a bonus disc containing B sides, live tracks and previously unreleased radio sessions, all newly remastered at Abbey road Studios, London.
Strikingly individual, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have over the years enjoyed huge success across the globe as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness of their songs and their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans new and old. The Proclaimers have carved out a niche for themselves in the netherworld where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide. In the process they have enjoyed Gold and Platinum singles and albums in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The last few years has see The Proclaimers grace main stages at the likes of V Festival, T In The Park, Isle Of Wight Festival, Womad and Glastonbury in-between regular touring across the globe. Craig and Charlie have reached the rarefied status that few have been able to achieve: with nearly three decades of career longevity, they are as innovative as ever and with every album and show played, they’ve continued to garner new fans.
Matt Lucas is a huge fan and in the sleeve notes of their Best Of compilation he writes of Scotland’s finest Celtic soul brothers: ‘I find it hard to put into words quite how the music of The Proclaimers makes me feel. It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It just makes me generally euphoric … Sunshine On Leith says more to me about my life and the way I feel than anything Morrissey or Cobain ever wrote.’
On BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island discs, David Tennant describes his first track by The Proclaimers – “I could have chosen any and every track from this band, probably my favourite band of all time. They write the most spectacular songs, big hearted, uncynical passionate songs.”