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Madness Announce 13th Studio Album 'Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C'Est La Vie' For November

Thursday, 28 September 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Madness have announced their 13th studio album.

'Theatre Of the Absurd Presents C’Est La Vie' will arrive through BMG on November 17, following up 2016's 'Can’t Touch Us Now' and 2022's 'The Get Up!', their soundtrack album for a livestream from the London Palladium in 2021.

The new record marks the British ska-pop legends' first venture into self producing, working Matt Galsbey who handled engineering and mixing. The band commented:

"Well, well, well, here we are.. Our thirteenth album (lucky for some) 'Theatre Of the Absurd Presents C’Est La Vie' is ready for your ears. For us, recording it was the perfect antidote to the chaos of the past few years - we were all there, properly in the zone. It was just us, in an industrial unit in Cricklewood, playing together. We loved it!"

As a taster of what's to come, the group have shared the lead single, C'Est La Vie, which reflects on the struggles of everyday life. Infectious, with a prominent surfy guitar hook and horn section, it's a classic nutty boys' arrangement. According to songwriter and keyboardist Mike 'Barso' Barson, it's "about these crazy times we’re living in, and how I just want to stay on my boat and not be a part of all this madness. But of course, I’m a member of a group called Madness. Perhaps we should have called ourselves 'Sanity'…"

Madness previously announced shows for their winter C’est La Vie UK Tour, which will see them performing at arena venues with special guests The Lightning Seeds. Tickets are on sale.

'Theatre Of the Absurd Presents C'Est La Vie' tracklist:

1. Theatre Of The Absurd
2. If I Go Mad
3. Baby Burglar
4. C'est La Vie
5. What On Earth Is It (You Take Me For?)
6. Hour Of Need
7. Round We Go
8. Lockdown And Frack Off
9. Beginners 101
10. Is There Anybody Out There?
11. The Law According to Dr. Kippah
12. Run For Your Life
13. Set Me Free (Let Me Be)
14. In My Street

Madness Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu November 30 2023 - ABERDEEN P&J Live
Fri December 01 2023 - GLASGOW OVO Hydro
Sat December 02 2023 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Utilita Arena
Mon December 04 2023 - CARDIFF Utilita Arena
Tue December 05 2023 - NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
Thu December 07 2023 - LIVERPOOL M&S Bank Arena
Fri December 08 2023 - LEEDS first direct Arena
Sat December 09 2023 - MANCHESTER AO Arena
Mon December 11 2023 - BRIGHTON Centre
Tue December 12 2023 - BOURNEMOUTH Bournemouth Int'nl Centre
Thu December 14 2023 - SHEFFIELD Utilita Arena
Fri December 15 2023 - LONDON O2 Arena
Sat December 16 2023 - BIRMINGHAM Utilita Arena

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