The Charlatans return in 2015 with a groovy, breezy, catchy tune, Come Home Baby from their first album in five years, Modern Touch. This is the third single from the album (Talking In Tones and So Oh out as downloads in 2014).
It’s the first album since the tragic death of friend, and core band member, drummer Jon Brookes who died in 2013 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 – Gabriel Gurnsey, Dave Tolan, Peter Salisbury of The Verve and Stephen Norris of New Order play drums on the album.
The Charlatans were formed by bassist Martin Blunt in 1989 but they originally had a different singer/guitarist in Baz Ketley who was replaced with singer Tim Burgess and guitarist Jonathan Baker. Mark Collins replaced Baker on guitar in 1991. Tony Rogers came in on keyboards in 1997 after original keyboard player Rob Collins tragically died in a car accident in 1996.
Focus constantly falls on Burgess in this band when it’s actually always been the contributions of the players that made them.