Legendary St Albans band The Zombies have a new single out and have confirmed details of their upcoming album.

The Hall of Fame inductees have released a new track and animated lyric video, Dropped Reeling & Stupid, on streaming services ahead of a full album CD, vinyl and digital release on March 31 worldwide on UK indie label Cooking Vinyl Records.

In support of the release, and a forthcoming feature documentary, the She's Not There and Time of The Season stars will resume their 'Life Is A Merry-Go-Round' Tour in 2023, with appearances at Austin’s famed music and film festival, South by SouthWest (SXSW), followed by a full UK run in the spring.

The group's UK tour dates include two shows at Harpenden's Eric Morecambe Centre in April.

Herts Advertiser: The Zombies release new album Different Game on March 31, 2023.The Zombies release new album Different Game on March 31, 2023. (Image: Alex Lake)

The Zombies - founding keyboardist Rod Argent and lead singer Colin Blunstone, along with drummer Steve Rodford, guitarist Tom Toomey and bassist Søren Koch - began work on the new album, titled Different Game, after their 2019 induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a USA tour with Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson.

The iconic 60s band hoped to finish writing and recording the follow-up to their Billboard-charting 2015 album Still Got That Hunger during a busy 2020 touring schedule, but COVID-19 had other plans for them.

As primary songwriter and producer Rod Argent relates, “the band was not content to record remotely”.

“Making this album has been a joy from start to finish. Post-lockdown, we were absolutely determined to come together and record in as 'live' a way as we could - to capture that magical, fleeting quality of energy and immediacy of performance."

Despite the pandemic, The Zombies made the past three years productive, finishing the album, and giving fans previews of their new songs with a live-streamed concert from Abbey Road Studios London in 2021, and 65 concerts across North America and Europe in 2022 for the launch of their 'Life Is A Merry-Go-Round' Tour.

Along with Dropped Reeling & Stupid, new album Different Game will also feature tender acoustic ballads with classical string arrangements.

The record is produced by Rod Argent together with the band’s long-time live audio engineer, Dale Hanson.

Herts Advertiser: The cover of The Zombies' forthcoming album Different Game.The cover of The Zombies' forthcoming album Different Game. (Image: Cooking Vinyl Records)

The album cover for Different Game comes from a photo taken by Rod Argent during a touring misadventure in the Arizona desert.

Singer Colin Blunstone, who grew up in Hatfield, explains: “We were travelling from Southern California to Tucson, when our tour van’s engine suddenly caught fire!

“We spent about five hours stranded in the remote Arizona desert, but thanks to our intrepid team and crew, we were rescued and made it to our next show! It was a harrowing experience, but also beautiful and surreal.”

The animated lyric video for Dropped Reeling & Stupid, produced by Animind Studio, is inspired by the band’s desert mishap.

The album is being released in advance of a new feature documentary entitled Hung Up On A Dream, directed by musician and filmmaker Robert Schwartzman.

The Zombies play the EMC in Harpenden on April 20 and April 21.

For more on The Zombies, visit www.thezombiesmusic.com