Almost thirty years since the release of their celebrated debut album Immigrants, Emigrants and Me, Power of Dreams are set to release America/Across the Shannon, a double A-side that captures the different sides of the band's music.
The new song, which is released on July 4, is a taster for Aüslander, the Dublin trio’s first studio album in 25 years.
Aüslander will be followed by a special 30th anniversary remastered release of Immigrants, Emigrants and Me, featuring a special collection of previously unreleased material.
"Many of the new songs are tracks that I have been keeping to one side in recent times in my job as a songwriter," says frontman Craig Walker.
"They were very obviously Power of Dreams songs. I have found the experience of looking back and reflecting a really interesting one. I would only have ever done this when I felt there was an artistic purpose to a new record."
Aüslander is due for release later this year but in the meantime America and the epic Across the Shannon is a timely reminder for those who loved Immigrants, Emigrants and Me, on its release in 1990.
"I am doing this for the fans who have been asking for it for 25 years. But also for myself and the guys in the band. It was a special time in our lives and I hope the new album is a worthy follow up to Immigrants," says Walker.
Tell us three things about yourself?
I’m from Dublin. I live in Berlin. I don’t speak German.
How would you describe your music?
Rock 'n’ Roll with Power of Dreams, Electronic pop with WUSA, Duets with Them There. Dance with Booka Shade, Psychedelic prog with Archive. New project Craig Walker + The Cold is very classic Beatles/kinks/Bowie/Lou Reed with lots of unison vocals with my partner and new Power of Dreams album Ausländer producer Erik Alcock.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Neil Young, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, REM, Prince, Kate Bush, New Order, The Smiths, Kraftwerk, Hank Williams, Elliot Smith.
How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
I finished writing, then recording remotely with the band and our producer Erik Alcock, a brand new Power of Dreams album called Ausländer. It is about three weeks away from being completely finished, apart from mixing.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Bob Dylan - Murder Most Foul. 16 minutes and you never want it to stop. Remarkable song from one of the true greats.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?" - Elliot Smith, Can’t Make a Sound.
Epic level sadness/defiance in that line. I’m not even sure my meaning is the same as he intended. But I like my reason and I stick with it.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Probably Some Girls are Bigger than Others by the Smiths. I like the mood it puts me in. The guitar playing and riffs are just pure Johnny Marr gold.
Where can people find your music/more information?