December 19, 2023

Legendary punk band Cock Sparrer announce their eighth studio album Hand On Heart, alongside shows in London and Glasgow. Widely considered to be one of the most influential street punk bands in history, Cock Sparrer have been a constant on the circuit since 1972. They can name an enviable list of punk rock royalty who have covered their songs, from the likes of Rancid, Against Me! and The Interrupters to The Aggrolites, Bouncing Souls, Agnostic Front, Grade 2 and Dropkick Murphys.

Back with their latest (and most likely last) studio album, Hand On Heart is their strongest statement yet. Their first since 2017’s Forever, it’s an album full of their trademark anthemic sound; hooks, singalong melodies and strong mob choruses are present in abundance, and key tracks like With My Hand On My Heart, Rags To Riches, I Belong To You and Here We Stand stand out as some of their finest material to date. That’s not to say there aren’t a few surprises for old and new fans alike; on My Forgotten Dream, string arranger Simon Dobson (Bring Me The Horizon, Mike Oldfield) has added something truly unique that will excite fans. The band will be the first to admit that the studio budget in the past has usually been spent down the pub, but with Hand On Heart they acquired the production services of James Bragg (BC Camplight, Martin Barre) who worked alongside guitarist Daryl Smith. Also on board was Grammy award winning 2022 UK Mastering Engineer of the year, Kevin Tuffy to do the final mastering.

Cock Sparrer is still the same four guys who started playing punk music 52 years ago – Colin McFaull (vocals), Mick Beaufoy (guitar), Steve Burgess (bass) and Steve Bruce (drums); alongside their new guitarist Daryl Smith, who has been in the band for a mere 31 years! They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2022 with two sold out shows at Camden’s Roundhouse, and 2024 includes a year of headline festival shows booked to celebrate the launch of the album. The shows include the world’s premier Punk Festival Rebellion, Mighty Sounds in Czech Republic and Hellfest in France where they’ll play alongside Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. However, it’s their club shows that show the strength of loyalty and love that their fans have, and to celebrate they’re playing two UK launch shows in London and Glasgow:
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – Saturday 6th April 2024
O2 Academy Glasgow – Saturday 13th April 2024

Hand On Heart will be released via Cherry Red, on 180gsm black vinyl, limited edition colour vinyl with unique artwork, picture disc vinyl, hardback book CD edition and strictly limited-edition cassette.

TRACKLISTING
SIDE 1
With My Hand On My Heart
Mind Your Own Business
I Belong To You
Rags To Riches
No Way Out
SIDE 2
Take It On The Chin
Nowhere To Be Found
One Way Ticket
My Forgotten Dream
Here We Stand

BIOGRAPHY
Cock Sparrer are a band who have had their career in reverse. Often known as the biggest punk band most people have never heard of, they are more popular now than at any time in their career or at the ‘height’ of punk.

The members of Cock Sparrer were childhood friends before they began making a noise in the East End of London in 1972. They were playing, drinking, going to football and generally making a nuisance of themselves when the late 1970s punk scene started in London. Finally, it seemed that there were hundreds of like-minded people with the same attitude.

They secured a deal with Decca and released Runnin’ Riot in 1977. Despite being courted by Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (who they turned away for not buying a round of drinks!), early tours with the Small Faces, Thin Lizzy, Motörhead, and Slade, amongst others, the ‘music industry’ just wasn’t ready for Cock Sparrer. The boys were from the wrong side of town and didn’t quite fit in with the ‘art school’ scene. They’ve always done things the way they wanted to. As punk ended up with its own set of rules they were always on the outside as they just didn’t buy into it.
Once all the hype around Punk had died down and all the ‘famous’ punk bands were no longer invited on Top Of The Pops, Cock Sparrer started to carve out their own path and pick up like-minded people along the way – the Sparrer family. Since then they’ve released seven studio albums, toured the world several times over and headlined punk festivals around the world.

The band may never have made it to Top Of The Pops, but they’re now top of the bill. Any night of the week, anywhere in the world, if they’re playing the Sparrer faithful turn up en masse to have a party.