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The Waterboys take swipe at Donald Trump on ‘The Liar’ and announce new album

New album 'All Souls Hill' is out in April

By Emma Kelly

Mike Scott of The Waterboys
'The Liar' is the first single off new album 'All Souls Hill'. (Source: Press)

The Waterboys have announced a new album, ‘All Souls Hill’, and released its lead single ‘The Liar’.

The new track takes a swipe at former president Donald Trump, whose face features in the video made by satirical collagist Cold War Steve.

Frontman Mike Scott sings: “A crooked general gave a speech/ When the liar was impeached.”

He said: “’The Liar ‘is a comment on recent and still-current events, and both the song and video speak for themselves. We were proud to work on this video with the brilliant Cold War Steve.”

A press release called ‘The Liar’ “a creeping, groove-laden masterpiece, taking a powerful, descriptive swipe at Trump and the lies and deceit that infest those in power”, and said the video “leaves nothing to the imagination and amplifies its subject matter in a dark, eerie fashion”.

‘The Liar’ is the first song off ‘All Souls Hill’, which is due for release on April 22, 2022.

Mixed by Scott, the singer said: “’All Souls Hill’ is mysterious, otherworldly, tune-banging and emotional. I made it with Waterboys old and new and my co-producer, brilliant sonic guru Simon Dine.

“Its nine songs tell stories, explore dreamscapes, and cast a cold but hopeful eye on the human drama.”

‘All Souls Hill’ tracklist

  1. ‘All Souls Hill’
  2. ‘The Liar’
  3. ‘The Southern Moon’
  4. ‘Blackberry Girl’
  5. ‘Hollywood Blues’
  6. ‘In My Dreams’
  7. ‘Once Were Brothers’
  8. ‘Here We Go Again’
  9. ‘Passing Through’

‘All Souls Hill’ is available to pre-order here.

The album follows the release of the boxset ‘The Magnificent Seven: The Waterboys’ Fisherman’s Blues/Room To Roam Band, 1989-1990’.

Recently, the band were forced to explain themselves after cancelling a show at a festival in Donegal at the last minute for “health and safety reasons and power supply problems”.

Scott had already come on stage and had started to play before telling the crowd at Fomhair Festival in Gaoth Dobhair that the electricity supply was affecting their instruments.

After criticism for pulling out of the show, Scott tweeted: “To be honest I think some of the online abusers and complainers are only too ready to blame bands/artists and project onto us their fantasies of ‘arrogant pop stars’ without considering that we are human beings who in this case took responsibility for public safety.”