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Johnny Foreigner preview new album with "Don't, Just Don't"

06 July 2016, 11:00 | Written by Jessica Goodman

Ahead of its release on Friday, Johnny Foreigner are sharing a track from their fifth studio album exclusively via Best Fit.

Not ones to play things by the book, the Birmingham quartet are sharing eight new tracks from Mono No Aware via eight different websites.

"Don't, Just Don't" is the album's fifth track, a combination of soaring verses and searingly heavy choruses rampant enough to tear the whole world down around them. Wildly contagious, the track is a mix of the contagious hooks Johnny Foreigner craft so well and an energy unhinged, freewheeling through chaos with an enthralling vivacity. Spirited almost to an extreme, "Don't, Just Don't" rages against the world with an all-consuming resolve.

"Wow, what an honour," frontman Alexei Berrow wrote in an email to Best Fit. "Firstly I wanna thank the gods, our label, and the team at The Line Of Best Fit. Amazing people, every last one of them, been with us since day one (shuffles notes). Um, they tell me this has never been done before. That yr supposed to pick the one site, give them the whole record. That what we're doing here is whimsical, goddamn impractical, and The Fans need convenient herding to the one big billboard."

"They say all this like we don't have a glorious history of doing impractical," he continues. "We can't even say 'The Fans' without either cringing or pretending we're writing an Oscar acceptance speech. What we've somehow ended up is a cross between a post-border displaced family and a really inclusive, posi-clique. This spreading interjection of exclusives seems like a natural (and more fun) way to deliver our new works and it's beyond thunderdome that everyone participating gets that, and has offered us this chance."

"The eight sites we've conspired with to do this, they don't just support our band. They rep for our friends bands, your friends bands, maybe your band. Our new album is almost here and we're so fucking proud of it. But also, proud to still be part of this mad interwoven tapestry/collage/community of brave and inspiring humans creating, chronicling, and soundtracking our futures in a time when the rest of the country wishes it could be this united and positive."

Mono No Aware is released via Alcopop! Records this Friday (8 July) and is available to pre-order now.

Stream "Don't, Just Don't" below, and see an exclusive piece of artwork created for the track by Lewes Herriot and Irene Zafra above.

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