East 17 are set to release their brand new album Dark Light later this year and they have confirmed that it is set to have a much rockier edge, along the lives of Kings of Leon. The current members of East 17 have claimed that they wish to get away from their old pop style and have gone for a more rock ‘n’ roll approach to the album.
A press release explained, "It showcases the band's new transatlantic rock sound, reminiscent of bands like Kings of Leon and U2 and even artists like Brian Adams and Billy Joel. It's a brave move and one that's paid off on a record that's as catchy as Summer Of 69 and as soft rock and big-sounding as it gets." Meanwhile, East 17 songwriter Tony Mortimer admitted that the band wanted less trickery in the music.
He added, "I think everyone is subconsciously inspired by American music and rock 'n' roll and this time around we wanted to do something more live with less tricks." East 17 reunited last year without former member Brian Harvey, who has been replaced by Blair Dreelan, aka Sparx. It will be the first album from East 17 since their 1998 record Resurrection, which charted at a high of 43 in the UK Album Chart.