Latest double-release coincides with Colt 45 Scotland dates

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THE second release in a series of singles from Colt 45 has arrived, as the trio headed out on the road for their latest tour.

The Cumbrian punk band are on a run of four live shows in Scotland, which wraps up this weekend, and have launched the double A-side, Reasons That You Never Smile/Your Car, to coincide with the tour.

Over the course of 2017, they will be releasing six two-track singles as digital downloads, with a limited edition CD available at all upcoming tour dates.

Frontman Neil Harper says: "Reasons That You Never Smile is a song about when you tell yourself something for so long that you end up believing it - and how that seeps into your everyday life - but turns out you're not necessarily right in what you thought anyway.

"We recorded both tracks up at Lovers Lane Studios in Dumfries with our friend Grant – it’s always a relaxed vibe for us there and we’ve worked together on the production of both tracks.

"We don’t have the time or budget to spend months on this. It’s very much a DIY project and we’re really enjoying just getting on with it and being able to put new music out so frequently throughout this year."

On the single's B-side, drummer Adam Lewis adds: "Your Car is a real simple punk tune about an old girlfriend that had a cool car. But it is a new thing for us in that it’s the first track we’ve ever done to have an entirely different lead vocal.

"We’ve always used all three of our voices, and that’s gradually something we embraced more in each recording, but we just thought this song would lend itself well to it throughout. I’ve really enjoyed stepping up to take on a lead – it’s not something I would have been comfortable doing a couple of years ago, but I’ve become more confident by doing more vocals on each release, and Neil and Gareth - who are both far better singers than me - encouraging me.

"There’s another track in the set that I sing lead vocals on too, so I’m looking forward to the challenge of drumming at 200bpm and shouting at the same time!"

The new tracks have been added to the set for this week's shows in Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow alongside The Hostiles.

Colt 45 only returned to touring two months ago after more than a year, playing alongside Welsh rock band Straight Lines. Bassist Gareth Jenkins says that they enjoyed getting back into the swing of things.

"They were our first shows of the year and it was great to get back to it.

"Touring is always where it’s counted most for us, and we’ve met a lot of good people along the way, especially up in Scotland so we wanted to come and do a few shows up there on the bounce.

"The Hostiles are one of the bands we did our first proper tours with – long weekenders in strange places all over the country.

"It’s awesome to still be able to get out and do a run of shows together, and we’re even hitting some towns we’ve never been to before, so that’ll be cool.

"We’ll be playing a few songs we haven’t managed to get in the set for a while, as well as all the new tracks from our singles club so far, so it’ll be a good mix of new and old in the set."

The next Cumbrian shows on the calendar for Colt 45 are appearances at Aspatria Music Festival, on Saturday July 14, and Touch Down Festival in Workington, on Saturday July 22.

The new single is available for free download at wearecolt45.bandcamp.com

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