Colin Moulding The Hardest Battle

Colin Moulding single The Hardest Battle

For those of us who remember Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen by the Colonel (right), it’s been a long wait for Colin Moulding‘s second solo single – and the first under his own name. Scheduled for release on Friday 25 June, The Hardest Battle is being released as a CD single in a four-panel digisleeve.

Not too much is known about it yet, except it’ll come with an “exploratory demo” version of the same song, plus the original version of Say It.

The XTC stalwart has produced the single with Stuart Rowe, who also mixed it. All the instruments are played by Colin with the exception of some piano on Say It by Jon Buckett.

Andrew Swainson, who was a guest on What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast last year, designed the artwork from a concept by Colin. It was recorded, apparently, “within the sound of Christ Church bells”.

This is Colin’s first new song since Great Aspirations, the 2017 TC&I EP. Read my excitable review here. TC&I also released the live CD Naked Flames in 2019.

You can order The Hardest Battle now from Burning Shed

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About the author

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. While at school, he set up the XTC fanzine Limelight, which he republished as The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls (2017). He followed that with What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (2019). In 2020, he launched What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast.

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