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Lightning Seeds release ‘Emily Smiles’

LIGHTNING SEEDS embark on a 14 date UK tour this autumn, see below for dates

Lightning Seeds continue their welcome return with the release of brand new single EMILY SMILES. The track is the third to be taken from their new album SEE YOU IN THE STARS, their first for new label BMG out on 14 October, and follows previous singles Sunshine and Walk Another Mile.

EMILY SMILES – co-written with Specials man Terry Hall with whom Ian Broudie wrote Lucky You – is a big, infectious tune with a tight focus: human connectivity. “Emily Smiles is about miscommunication and lives being changed by small moments and random events,” says Ian of the track. ”It’s about desperation and the distances between us being unlocked with the magic inside a smile.” And talking about the accompanying video – directed by James Slater of Zomdic Films – Broudie added: “It reflects the sentiment in the song; communication is so important, and our differences are so often settled by the simple power of a smile.” Watch the video below.

The intoxicating 10 track SEE YOU IN THE STARS album is tunefully and emotionally uplifting, and kick started the summer with the feel good warmth of the first two singles, Sunshine and the sun soaked Walk Another Mile. Each of the songs on the album were written and recorded in short bursts over the last three years. The first two to be recorded, Great To Be Alive and Live To Love You, were co-written with The Coral’s James Skelly.

In thirty three years as a recording artist Ian Broudie, the man who is Lightning Seeds, has sold a lot of records. Those include a million copies of Jollification, the 1994 album whose platinum success was spearheaded by the era-capturing single Change, and which Broudie recently celebrated with a sold out 25th anniversary tour.

Broudie composed Three Lions as the official England song for Euro 96. With lyrics by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, the song reached #1 and became a genuinely era-defining record – and one with a remarkable afterlife as it regained the top slot two years later during the 1988 World Cup in France. It was everywhere during this summer’s Women’s Euros as the Lionesses brought football home.

Lightning Seeds embark on a 14 date UK tour this autumn as follows. Tickets available from:


Thu 27 CAMBRIDGE Junction

Fri 28 OXFORD O2 Academy

Sat 29 FROME Cheese & Grain


Thu 03 SOUTHAMPTON The 1865

Fri 04 LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Sat 05 LEEDS Stylus

Sun 06 GLASGOW Old Fruitmarket

Thu 10 BIRMINGHAM Town Hall

Fri 11 NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop

Sat 12 LIVERPOOL Olympia

Thu 17 BRIGHTON Chalk

Fri 18 CARDIFF Tramshed

Sat 19 MANCHESTER Albert Hall

Sat 26 SHEFFIELD Leadmill