In a new interview with Jorge Botas of Metal Global, EUROPE singer Joey Tempest spoke about the band’s recently released song titled “Hold Your Head Up”. The track, which is described by the band as “a punchy uptempo rocker with reminiscent elements of early EUROPE,” was recorded in August at Atlantis Studios in Stockholm with producer Klas Åhlund (GHOST, ROBYN) and was mixed by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, DEF LEPPARD),who also mixed EUROPE‘s “Secret Society” album.
Asked why he and his EUROPE bandmates decided to record and release just one song at this time, Tempest said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We wanted to get this ready before the [fall 2023 European] tour and the [upcoming EUROPE] documentary. So we focused on this song so we could have something out together with the tour and the documentary. That’s why we released one song now. But we have a handful of songs — great ideas.”
He continued: “We want to record the album next year. And whether we do it in the beginning, I don’t know yet, but we have some great ideas. And ‘Hold Your Head Up’ is just the first one, basically.”
Regarding the experience of working with Åhlund this time around, Joey said: “It was a great experience. We all liked it. The whole band would like to do more stuff with him. We don’t know whether he’s gonna be the producer of the [upcoming EUROPE] album yet, but… No, we don’t know yet. I mean, it would be an interesting idea, actually. But we haven’t decided yet. But we were very happy finding him and working with him. He’s very professional, and he’s also listened to EUROPE when he was younger and so he knows how we think. And the procedure with him was amazing. It went really smooth, and he’s a very talented, very talented man. He’s a guitar player as well.”
Joey also talked about the musical direction of “Hold Your Head Up”, which Botas noted is a combination of the classic EUROPE sound and the band’s more recent, bluesier approach. The singer said: “I think it’s a good mixture in the song. We never really set out to do that. It was an idea I had, and I sent it to the guys and everybody was, like, ‘Yeah, that’s great. Let’s do that.’ So, it’s a natural progression, but I think you’re right. I think it’s a little bit of some melodies, especially in the verses, in the end of the verses there, there’s melodies that remind you of some of the earlier stuff. But maybe the chorus and the riff a little bit, it’s also quite fresh and more modern, I suppose. So yeah, it’s got a bit of everything, but it still sounds like EUROPE, which is really cool.”
“Hold Your Head Up” was made available to stream and download on September 29 across all reputable digital platforms, including Spotify, Apple, iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal, Pandora and YouTube Music.
EUROPE‘s twelfth studio album is expected to be recorded in 2024 and released in late 2024 or early 2025.
The “Hold Your Head Up” video offers a glimpse into the brand-new documentary that the band have been busy filming with producer/director Craig Hooper (DEEP PURPLE, SAXON) for Coolhead Productions simply titled “Europe – The Movie”. The film will tell the story of the band, from formation until present day, telling of their rise to success in the mid-1980s, through hard times and heartache, to coming back in the millennium, and the current successes the band has achieved. This is set for release in early 2024.
EUROPE recently completed “Time Capsule” European tour which included 21 concerts across Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, and the U.K., including two nights at the famous London Palladium. These anniversary shows consisted of a career retrospective “evening with” performance featuring all the hits together with deep cuts and fan favorites from all of their 11 studio albums.
“Walk The Earth” was released in October 2017 via Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music). It was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (RIVAL SONS, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton).
Photo credit: Fredrik Etoall (courtesy of ABC Public Relations)