The Scottish rock band Big Country aim to inspire with “Hurt,” an empowering ballad off their long-awaited next album The Journey.
The message in “Hurt” is strong and supportive: “No one can hurt you now/ No one can bring you down.” The heavy guitar, a trademark of the group since they formed in 1981, is also on full display. The Journey, which will be released on April 30th by Megaforce, is the band’s first studio album in 14 years, and the first since lead singer Stuart Adamson was found dead in his hotel room in 2001. It’s the first record to feature Mike Peters as the band’s frontman.
“After all that has happened to Big Country in its 30-year history, it would have been easy to say ‘no’ to the notion of making a new Big Country record,” Peters tells Rolling Stone, “but as a cancer survivor and someone who was inspired by the words ‘Stay Alive’ from their signature song ‘In a Big Country,’ I chose to say ‘yes.'”
After The Journey is released, the band will embark on a U.S. tour. They kick off at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey on June 6th and wrap up in Aspen, Colorado on July 9th.