EUROPE releases new single 'Hold Your Head Up'
Swedish hard rock veterans EUROPE have released the official music video for their new song titled “Hold Your Head Up”. The track, which is described by the band as “a punchy uptempo rocker with reminiscent elements of early EUROPE,” was recorded in August at Atlantis Studios in Stockholm with producer Klas Åhlund (GHOST, ROBYN) and was mixed by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, DEF LEPPARD),who also mixed EUROPE‘s “Secret Society” album. The song, which will be available to stream and download on Friday, September 29 across all reputable digital platforms, including Spotify, Apple, iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal, Pandora and YouTube Music, will serve as a precursor to EUROPE‘s twelfth studio album, to be recorded in 2024 and released in late 2024 or early 2025.
The “Hold Your Head Up” video offers a glimpse into the brand-new documentary that the band have been busy filming with producer/director Craig Hooper (DEEP PURPLE, SAXON) for Coolhead Productions simply titled “Europe – The Movie”. The film will tell the story of the band, from formation until present day, telling of their rise to success in the mid-1980s, through hard times and heartache, to coming back in the millennium, and the current successes the band has achieved. This is set for release in early 2024.
EUROPE singer Joey Tempest said: “‘Hold Your Head Up’ is an uptempo guitar driven rocker about pulling through in difficult times and the influence my father had on me to always do my best and persevere.
“It’s been six years since our last release, ‘Walk The Earth’, recorded at Abbey Road, and we had a great time in the studio with producer Klas Åhlund. He really brought out a hungry, engaged band that’s ready to continue an amazing journey. We can’t wait to play this song on tour and incorporate it on our next album. We’re very proud of this track.”
EUROPE will kick off their 40th-anniversary celebrations with a European tour in the fall. The “Time Capsule” trek will take in 18 concerts across Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, including two nights at the London Palladium. These anniversary shows will consist of a career-retrospective “evening with” performance featuring all the hits together with deep cuts and fan favorites from all of EUROPE‘s 11 studio albums.
For ticket information, go to www.europetheband.com. VIP packages will be available at Oslo, Stockholm and all U.K. shows.
Says EUROPE: “Can’t wait for this so see you there!”
Sep 30 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Metropole
Oct. 01 – Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
Oct. 02 – Milan, Italy – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
Oct. 04 – Stuttgart, Germany – Theaterhaus
Oct. 05 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone
Oct. 06 – Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast
Oct. 08 – Oslo, Norway – Opera House
Oct. 09 – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus
Oct. 14 – Paris, France – Salle Pleyel
Oct. 15 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVredenburg
Oct. 17 – Cardiff, UK – St. David’s Hall
Oct. 18 – Glasgow, UK – Royal Concert Hall
Oct. 19 – Gateshead, UK – Sage
Oct. 21 – Wolverhampton, UK – The Halls
Oct. 22 – Salford, UK – The Lowry
Oct. 24 – Leicester, UK – De Montfort Hall
Oct. 25 – London, UK – The Palladium
Oct. 26 – London, UK – The Palladium
In a November 2022 interview with “The Chuck Shute Podcast”, EUROPE guitarist John Norum spoke about the band’s plans for the long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s “Walk The Earth” album. He said: “We’re gonna start working. The plan is to start recording in May. So we are writing right now as we speak; everyone is writing new songs.”
Less than two months earlier, EUROPE singer Joey Tempest told the “Behind The Vinyl” podcast that he and his bandmates would start recording their next album in 2023, “together with a documentary we hope (to have) out in the autumn — a EUROPE documentary (and) a box set, hopefully, of all the albums. But definitely a 40th-anniversary tour (for the first EUROPE album),” he said. “We don’t feel like we wanna compete too much without a new album, so what we’re gonna do is we want to record new music and release one or two (pieces) of new music (in 2023), and then will be the big release the following year (in 2024). That’s at least what we’re planning right now. ‘Cause there’s so much going on next year. And (we want to) focus on the documentary and the 40th-anniversary tour and some other things.”
Asked if the box set will contain any previously unreleased material, Joey said: “We haven’t gotten that far, because the thing with EUROPE is we don’t have that much extra stuff. Some bands have loads. Of course we can (include) live stuff — we can do that — but from the studio, there’s not much. We’ve been boring like that. We come in with 12 songs and we come out with 12 songs. How did that happen? We should have 20 and taken 10 and kept 10. So, whether there’s gonna be new songs involved in that, I don’t think so. But the box set will a great vinyl box set with all the records, hopefully. Whether we put something else in there, we have to talk about it.
Back in July 2019, Tempest told Finland’s Kaaos TV that he and his bandmates don’t “write so much on the road”. He explained: “We’ve never been like that. We’re a soundcheck band as well. So we always soundcheck. We soundcheck whenever we can. Festivals is more difficult, as you know. But it’s possible sometimes — you can go in the morning and do it.
“What happens to us is usually we write for six months when the touring has come to an end on an album,” he continued. “So it takes us about four to six months to write, to get everything together, get 75 to 80 percent ready, music and lyrics. Then we go into the studio and then we work fast — record everything live in two weeks. This is how we’ve done it on ‘Bag Of Bones’ (2012), ‘War Of Kings’ (2015) and ‘Walk The Earth’. The last three EUROPE albums were recorded fast, because those fast decisions are amazing in the studio — everybody’s there; everybody’s on fire. That’s how those great albums were made in the ’70s — on the spot, when that glow and that fire is there.”
While stressing the importance of improvisation in the studio, Tempest said that “you should be prepared. You don’t wanna waste time in the studio and waste anybody’s time. So if you’re 75 percent ready, the last bit the producer can help out with or the circumstances, or whatever happens happens in the studio. But we’ve been so lucky working with Dave Cobb — a great musician and producer and a great guy to just hang with. He’s now part of the band. Like he works with RIVAL SONS, he also works with us. He’s part of the band when we’re in the studio with him. He writes with us. He comes up with great ideas. He sits and plays the songs with us in a circle in the studio before we record it, and then we just slam it down live, three or four takes, and pick the best takes to work on and to finish up. And the nerve is there, the decisions were made right there, and that’s how you make great rock records.”
“Walk The Earth” was released in October 2017 via Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music). It was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with the aforementioned Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (RIVAL SONS, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton).