The Pretenders release brand new single ‘A Love’, taken from their highly anticipated new studio album ‘Relentless’. Due for release on 15th September 2023 via Parlophone, the album is available to preorder here.
Following a premiere on BBC Radio 2 as Chrissie Hynde joins Zoe Ball live on the Breakfast Show this morning, the song hits with an instant sense of Pretenders classicism as Chrissie Hynde’s raw and emotive lyrics are buoyed by the immediately identifiable Pretenders sonic signature.
Speaking about ‘A Love’, Chrissie Hynde said: “I suppose that’s the most traditionally Pretenders-sounding song on the album, in the vein of ‘Kid’ or ‘Talk of the Town’ or any of the mid tempo ones over the years. I often see love / relationships almost in the same vein as drug addiction. Although, having said that, I know I am jaded, and cynical… ‘The Buzz’ on Hate for Sale visited the same theme.”
The new single arrives amidst a post-Glastonbury buzz, with their surprise performance featuring special guests Johnny Marr and Dave Grohl received as a highlight of the festival.
Recently performing as special guests to Guns N’ Roses across Europe, notably joining them at London’s Hyde Park ahead of an exciting run of huge outdoor shows across North America this summer. On September 17th, just two days after the new album release, The Pretenders will return to the UK for a BBC Radio 2 in the Park show in front of 35,000 fans at Leicester’s Victoria Park. In October the band will land back in America to play Ohana Festival, California, by invitation of Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl.
‘Relentless’ marks the second collaboration between Chrissie Hynde and the band’s resident guitar hero James Walbourne, Chrissie describes their songwriting process as “a real melodic journey”. The forthcoming album, produced by David Wrench and recorded at Battery Studios in West London, features 12 new tracks performed by what Chrissie refers to as “The Pretenders Collective”.
‘Relentless’ is a clearly defined snapshot of where The Pretenders are in 2023. Arriving with the impulsiveness and attitude that at once defines the band’s eternal spirit, first single ‘Let The Sun Come In’ was made BBC Radio 2’s Record of the Week, and Chrissie’s collaboration with Jonny Greenwood ‘I Think About You Daily’ has been described as “a piano-led, strings-flecked slow-burn that hits you straight in the heart” by The Sunday Times.