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Placebo announce new album ‘Never Let Me Go’ with single ‘Surrounded By Spies’

The duo's first album in nine years will arrive next March and be toured around the UK late next year

By Will Richards

Placebo pose in multiple frames with close-ups of their faces
Placebo. (Credit: Mads Perch).

Placebo have announced details of their first album in nine years and shared its first single.

‘Surrounded By Spies’ is the latest preview of the duo’s new album ‘Never Let Me Go’, and is available to stream now. The album is set to come out on March 25 next year, and was first previewed this summer with the single ‘Beautiful James’.

Speaking of ‘Surrounded By Spies’, the latest cut from the follow-up to Placebo‘s last album, 2013’s ‘Loud Like Love’, frontman Brian Molko said: “I began writing the lyrics when I discovered my neighbours were spying on me on behalf of parties with a nefarious agenda.

“I then began to ponder the countless ways in which our privacy has been eroded and stolen since the introduction of worldwide CCTV cameras that now employ racist facial recognition technologies; the rise of the internet and the cellphone, which has turned practically every user into a paparazzo and spectators in their own lives, and how we have mostly all offered up personal information to enormous multinationals whose sole intent is to exploit us.”

He added: “I used the cut-up technique invented by William S Burroughs and popularized in modern song by David Bowie. It’s a true story told through a lens of paranoia, complete disgust for modern society’s values and the deification of surveillance capitalism. The narrator is at the end of their tether, hopeless and afraid, completely at odds with our newfound progress and the god of money.”

Listen to ‘Surrounded By Spies’ below:

Following the album’s release in March, Placebo will then tour the album around the UK and Ireland in late 2022.

See full details of the tour, and grab pre-sale tickets alongside pre-orders of the new album here.

18 – Portsmouth, Guildhall
19 – Brighton, Centre
21 – Liverpool, Olympia
22 – Manchester, Victoria Warehouse
24 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
26 – London, Brixton Academy
27 – London, Brixton Academy
29 – Leicester, De Montford Hall
30 – Leeds – O2 Academy

2 – Newcastle, City Hall
3 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
5 – Dublin, 3Arena
7 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
8 – Birmingham, O2 Academy