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GRAHAM Coxon is celebrating the release on new album, A+E, which will be released on April 2, with a UK tour.

Playing all the instruments and improvising in the studio, Coxon found himself preoccupied with lyrical themes around the effects of weekend hedonism in modern Britain, while recording the album.

Produced by Ben Hillier, A+E features Coxon’s distinctive, garage-punk pop and is inspired by the experimental genres of Krautrock and the black and white, post-punk era.

Coxon describes the album as: “Improvisations, experiments in beats, rhythms. A chance to uninhibitedly make some sort of perversely sad, danceable and funny and despondent songs.”

He added: “I didn’t want to get caught up in my usual struggle with trying to make things sound really posh. I didn’t want lovely 60s-sounding drums and valves.”

In keeping with the album’s themes, Graham will curate the bill on a special tour around the UK in April 2012, where he’ll invite his fans to nominate local bands to support him – he will then select his favourite for each venue.

Visit www.nme.com / www.grahamcoxon.co.uk for further information.

l Graham plays Sage Gateshead on April 15. For tickets Tel. 0845 413 4444 or visit www.alt-tickets.co.uk.