THE Godfathers of rave are back with their first new album in six years – and the accompanying tour will explode into life in Newcastle.
The Prodigy were one of the pioneers of ‘big beat’, which achieved mainstream popularity in the 1990s and 2000s.
They have sold more than 25 million records, winning a clutch of awards along the way, including two Brits.
Their last studio album, 2009’s Invaders Must Die, was their fourth consecutive UK No 1.
That was the last we heard of them, other than a live album, World’s On Fire, a couple of years later.
Now they are back, and ready to make us remember what made their mashed-up sound so popular.
This week they announced their sixth studio album, The Day Is My Enemy, due for release on March 30, and only a fool would bet against it being their fifth chart-topper.
Released on the band’s own Take Me To The Hospital label, through Cooking Vinyl, it takes you on a journey through the unchartered underbelly of urban nightlife where anger is an ever-present energy lurking just beneath the surface.
“I can’t tell you why this record came out so angry, I think it’s just in-built in me, ” says main man Liam Howlett.
“It’s more about what I like music to do. I’ve always seen music I like as a form of attack. That’s what I use music for, it’s an attack.
“I didn’t plan this album to sound violent, it’s just the sound that came out of the studio , a kind of build-up over the last four years .
“‘Anger is an energy’, that’s a lyric which always resonated with me. The tension is buried deep in the music right from the first drop.
“It’s all about the sound having that sense of danger. That’s what The Prodigy sound is about.”
The Prodigy kick off their UK tour at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Monday, May 4.
Tickets went on sale today - and sold out in a couple of hours.