Pet Shop Boys Preview 'Pretty Banging' LP 'Electric' With Rave-y 'Axis' Video

London dance-pop wizards will cover Bruce Springsteen

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Marc Hogan

Stuart Price, who produced Pet Shop Boys' upcoming album, told SPIN recently the effort was going to be "a dance record," and "every track is going to have that euphoric, fresh feel to it." The London synth-pop gurus have now announced they'll release Electric, their second album in less than a year, on July 15 via their new x2 imprint through Kobalt Label Services. The duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe describes the album as "pretty banging," and the track list, containing eight new songs plus a Bruce Springsteen cover, is below. British singer/rapper Example guests on one track.

Pet Shop Boys have also shared the first song from the new record, "Axis," in the form of a hallucinatory music video. With a repeated "electric energy" vocoder hook atop rubbery synth-pop that could form a bridge between Cerrone and David Guetta, it's definitely euphoric, definitely pretty banging, but after last year's disappointing Elysium, it doesn't exactly allay concerns about songwriting. The raver-friendly visuals include Tron-like flashing lights, an elegant dancing couple, and what look to be the Boys themselves, hidden behind animal heads.

Along with the album will be a global tour, which starts next month in South America and stops through Europe and Asia before toucing down in North America in September and October.

Electric track list:

1. “Axis”
2. “Bolshy”
3. “Love Is a Bourgeois Construct”
4. “Fluorescent”
5. “Inside a Dream”
6. “The Last to Die” (Bruce Springsteen cover)
7. “Shouting in the Evening”
8. “Thursday” (feat. Example)
9. “Vocal”

Pet Shop Boys tour dates:

May 13 - Santiago, Chile @ Movistar Arena
May 16 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Luna Park
May 18 - Asunción, Paraguay @ Conmebol Bourbon Convention Center
May 22 - São Paulo, Brazil @ Credicard Hall
May 25 - Bogota, Colombia @ Centro de Eventos Bima
June 3 - St Petersburg, Russian Federation @ Oktiaborski Concert Hall
June 5 - Moscow, Russian Federation @ Crocus City Hall
June 9 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falconer Salen
June 11 - Paris, France @ Grand Rex
June 15 - Barcelona, Spain @ Sónar Festival
June 18 - London, United Kingdom @ O2 Arena
June 20 - Manchester, United Kingdom @ Manchester Arena
June 23 - Tel Aviv, Israel @ Nokia Hall
June 26 - Istanbul, Turkey @ Life Park
June 29 - Borlänge, Sweden @ Peace & Love Festival
July 1 - Dortmund, Germany @ Dortmunder Music Week
July 3 - Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic @ KV Arena
July 5 - Tallinn, Estonia @ Õllesummer 20, Song Festival Grounds
July 7 - Turku, Finland @ Ruisrock Festival
July 9 - Freiburg, Germany @ ZMF
July 10 - Munich, Germany @ Tollwood Festival – Musik Arena
July 16 - Athens, Greece @ Ejekt Festival
August 9 - Tokyo, Japan @ SonicMania, Tokyo Makuhari Messe
August 11 - Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonic Festival
August 17 - Jakarta, Indonesia @ Skenoo Hall
August 24 - Bangkok, Thailand @ Impact Exhibition Centre
September 6 - Berlin, Germany @ Berlin Festival
September 12 - Miami Beach, FL @ The Jackie Gleason Theatre
September 13 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theatre
September 14 - Atlanta, GA @ Symphony Hall
September 16 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
September 17 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
September 19 - Bethesda, MD @ Music Centre at Strathmore
September 21 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
September 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Centre for the Performing Arts
September 24 - Montreal, Canada @ Olympia Theatre
September 25 - Toronto, Canada @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
September 27 - The Colosseum, Windsor, Canada @ Caesars Windsor
September 28 - Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
October 2 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
October 3 - Vancouver, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 4 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hal
October 5 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
October 8 - San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
October 11 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
October 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium

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