Proclaimers Return With Persevere

Scottish twins will support first album in seven years, due May 22, on tour with Barenaked Ladies.

Those wild Scottish Reid brothers are back to their old tricks again ... and no, we don't mean Jim and William of the Jesus and Mary Chain.

Identical twins Craig and Charlie Reid, collectively known as the Proclaimers, will release their first album in seven years, Persevere, on May 22, according to a Nettwerk Records spokesperson.

Produced by Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones, Soul Asylum, INXS, Duran Duran), the band's fourth album promises more songs sung with the heavy Scottish brogue that made "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," a tune from their second LP that later appeared on the soundtrack to the 1993 film "Benny & Joon," an irritating yet somewhat endearing worldwide smash.

The duo will attempt to re-enter the single spotlight with "There's a Touch," the first of the LP's 14 songs released to radio.

The Reid brothers will support Persevere with a U.S. tour with the Barenaked Ladies, which will run from August 6–26. A complete itinerary is still being sorted out, according to the spokesperson.

The Proclaimers, once hailed as a post-punk Everly Brothers, released their debut album, This Is the Story, in 1987, but it wasn't until they virtually disappeared after the release of its follow-up, 1988's Sunshine on Leith, that they achieved mainstream recognition with "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." Their sophomore album went on to sell more than 696,000 copies, according to SoundScan. The duo tried to match that success with 1994's Hit the Highway, but was unsuccessful.

Track listing for Persevere, not necessarily in order, according to Nettwerk Records:

  • "There's a Touch"

  • "Sweet Little Girls"

  • "How Many Times"

  • "Land Fit for Zeros"

  • "One Too Many"

  • "That's When He Told Her"

  • "Scotland's Story"

  • "When You're in Love"

  • "She Arouses Me So"

  • "Everybody's a Victim"

  • "Don't Give It to Me"

  • "Heaven Right Now"

  • "Slowburner"

  • "Act of Remembrance"