Known for their rise during the era of baggy and madchester U.K. band The Charlatans will return a new album in May, the follow up to 2015's Modern Nature. The album features guest appearnaces from Johnny Marr, Paul Weller, Stephen Morris and Kurt Wagner of Lambchop.
For many years, the Charlatans were perceived as the also-rans of Madchester, the group that didn't capture the zeitgeist like the Stone Roses or the band that failed to match the mad genre-bending of the Happy Mondays. Of course, they were more traditional than either of their peers. Working from a Stonesy foundation, the Charlatans added dance-oriented rhythms and layers of swirling organs straight out of '60s psychedelia. At first, the Charlatans had great promise, and their initial singles including "The Only One I Know" were hits, but as Madchester and "baggy" faded away, the group began to look like a relic.