The Damned, the legendary and influential punk rock band, have announced the release of their new album Evil Spirits on April 13th. It’s been roughly ten years since the release of their last album, so fans have been in eager anticipation for new music for some time now. The album will be supported by a UK tour beginning this week, along with a lot more to come later this year.

Evil Spirits was propelled by a highly successful PledgeMusic funding campaign. The band got to work in October of this past year in Atomic Sound Studios in Brooklyn which began a frantic and high-energy nine day burst of creativity among the band members, along with the assistance of famous producer Tony Visconti who has worked with absolute legends such as David Bowie, T Rex, Morrissey, U2, The Stranglers, Iggy Pop and Thin Lizzy.

“We deliberately recorded the album retro style,” commented guitarist Captain Sensible. “The same way our debut album was made, basically. There’s something wonderful about the seventies sounds; glam, rock and punk records, they all sound so great and Tony specialises in beautifully crafted old school production. He had us all playing live, bashing it out in the same room with a focus on getting the initial band version of each song as close as possible to the finished thing.”

Of the ‘Evil Spirits’ that the album intends to dispel, Captain Sensible said, “I started buying records in 1967, the Summer of Love. There were so many positive changes happening through the 60s and 70s; civil rights, feminism, the anti-nuclear demos in particular. Whatever happened to all that? Where are today’s anti-war marches? Whatever happened to the beautiful hippy dream of worldwide peace and love?”