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Since their debut platinum-selling, Mercury Prize-nominated eponymous masterpiece in 2008, Glasvegas have been relentlessly touring the globe.

The Glaswegian four-piece (frontman and former professional footballer James Allan, his cousin Rab Allan on guitar, Paul Donoghue on bass and Caroline McKay on drums) travelled through the UK, Europe, Japan and America, with a marathon six US tours from October 2008 to September 2009.

They’ve supported Oasis, Kings of Leon and U2, played at numerous festivals and won awards internationally.

They were even dubbed ‘the most important Scottish band of all time’ by Oasis label-boss Alan McGee.

Their second album proper, EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\, is released on April 4 and sees them leap beyond their trademark Phil Spector wall-of-sound into something bigger, bolder, brighter and infinitely more personal – all luminously sprinkled in the shimmering stardust of production titan Flood (U2, The Killers, Depeche Mode).

‘The new songs are aspirational,’ says writer and frontman James.

‘Longing for a state of mind. For relief, release and happiness. Like everybody. Songs about a love gained, a love lost, a love longed for, a love unwanted. I’m not sure I ever was a social commentator. More a social day dreamer!’

The band took to the road again at the start of this month, with shows on three consecutive nights in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

The tour proper begins on Monday with a sold out show at Southsea’s Wedgewood Rooms.

The band have a new drummer on board after the departure of Caroline McKay, who concluded her time with Glasvegas after completion of the second album.

In December, they announced the appointment of Jonna Löfgren from Northern Sweden who James describes as ‘a dark horse, she takes us by surprise’.

The first single released from the new album will be Euphoria Take My Hand next Monday (March 28).