The Strumbellas release ‘Running Scared (Desert Song)’ from the upcoming album

The Strumbellas have released their brand new song, ‘Running Scared (Desert Song)’, which is the second track to be taken from the band’s fourth album Rattlesnake due out March 29th on Glassnote Records. It follows the current single ‘Salvation’ which has been playlisted at BBC Radio 2 and is Top 20 in the US at Alternative radio, where it continues to climb.


‘Running Scared’ is an energetic breezy dust up with catchy anthemic hooks and was a favourite of the band to record. “It’s actually the song that inspired the artwork for the album. We love playing it because it makes us feel like we’re in the middle of the desert”,says vocalist Simon Ward. “This is one of the songs that came together the fastest and the studio was fun because we got to experiment with lots of weird instruments”.

The Strumbellas consist of Simon Ward (vocals, acoustic guitar), David Ritter (keys), Jeremy Drury (percussion), Isabel Ritchie (strings), Jon Hembrey (guitar) and Darryl James (bass) and have a sound that draws from rock, indie, folk and country.

But with the upcoming Rattlesnake, they take a stylistic turn from their melancholy, introspective releases, to create an uplifting album with songs that focus more on optimism.

In the lead up to the album release the band will play SXSW next week, which includes the headline slot at Kobalt AWAL’s showcase on Wednesday night, before they head off on their European tour, which sees them play a sold out show at London’s Bush Hall on March 25th.

They will then continue with an extensive run of dates across the US, which kicks off on May 1st in Boston. The full list of tour dates can be seen here and you can connect with The Strumbellas online at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


17th – Cologne, Studio 672

18th – Berlin, Privatclub

19th – Hamburg, Molotow

21st – Amsterdam, Het Zonnehuis

23rd – Paris, Les Etoiles

25th – London, Bush Hall (sold out)

Tickets are available here –

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