Indie-pop survivors The Feeling arrive in Sheffield next week on the back of ‘the album of their career’.
Boy Cried Wolf may have only reached number 33 in the charts following its release late last year, but has already become a firm favourite among fans and critics.
Now, after a mini-tour surrounding the album’s release in October, the band are back on the road – and arrive at The Leadmill in Sheffield on Wednesday.
Keyboardist Ciaran Jeremiah says: “We’re playing some places we didn’t play in October.
“We just want as many people to hear it as possible.”
And the tour comes just ahead of the release of Fall Like Rain on Monday, March 24 – the third single off the album following Rescue and Blue Murder which were both A-listed by BBC Radio 2.
The Feeling – Ciaran, his brother Kevin on guitar, frontman Dan Gillespie-Sells, bassist Richard Jones and drummer Paul Stewart – burst on to the scene in 2006 with debut album Twelve Stops From Home.
The album reached number two in the charts and spawned a string of top 20 singles, including Sewn, Fill My Little World, Never Be Lonely and Love It When You Call.
Second album Join With Us topped the charts on its release in 2008, while album number three, Together We Were Made, reached number 22 after its release in 2011.
Ciaran admits the band may have slightly lost their way on album three as they felt the pressure from the record company, fans and themselves to make a record as successful as their debut.
Boy Cried Wolf marked a return to their roots as they recorded and produced it themselves – much like Twelve Stops From Home – and there is a certain melancholy feel to it as Dan pours his heart out following the breakdown of a five-year relationship.
A band spokesman said: “Dan can pinpoint the precise moment Boy Cried Wolf came into being.
“He had returned to London alone after spending Christmas 2011 in the English countryside, his five-year relationship in tatters, his head in turmoil.
“Sitting alone in the East London pub he bought and converted into a home/studio, Dan did what all born writers do in such situations: he plonked himself down at the piano and wrote a song.”
The result, You’ll See, is one of the many highlights of the album which showcases a band at ease with themselves and has been hailed as their best album yet by Q Magazine and The Sunday Times.
Dan says: “We were just in our little bubble again.
“There was this sense that there wasn’t any pressure on us now to be anything other than what we are.”
And it is a freedom fans can embrace in the band’s upcoming Steel City gig if their previous stomping live performances are anything to go on.
For tickets, visit www.thefeeling.com/gigs