Esperanza's Better Late Than Never album launch
SATURDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2022
After 3 years in the making, Scottish ska band Esperanza, are about to release their much
anticipated 3rd studio album.
Appropriately named Better Late Than Never, the album will be released on the band’s own Dead Rude
label. Nine songs for the album were recorded shortly before the covid pandemic. However, during the
dark days of lock-down and social distancing, getting the nine-piece band into the same room to record
became practically impossible (not to mention illegal). So further recording was postponed until early in
2022 when 3 more songs were completed. This makes a grand total of 12 new tracks for the new release.
The album contains some songs that will be familiar with regular Esperanza fans. Crowd pleasers such
as Trouble, At Large and Jean have become crowd pleasers in the band’s current live set. Fans will also
be familiar with Safe and G12 after both these songs received a limited video release on Facebook. These
videos were edited using video footage that fans shared with the band during the early days of lockdown.
On its release, the video for Safe clocked up over 20,000 views in the first 48 hours. Better Late Than
Never also features a number of completely new and unheard tracks such as Skallabye, Bored and PRW.
These are sure to please any fans who are looking for something fresh.
Most of the songs for Better Late Than Never were written by lead singer, rhythm guitarist and founding
member Jake BMC. Other contribution come from saxophonist Lynsey Cowan and lead guitarist Rab
McCahill. This third album follows in the footsteps of Permanent Ska and Back on Hope Street. The
latest release sees Esperanza working again with engineer Paul Winton. Paul also recorded Permanent
Ska and the band were very pleased to be working once again with Paul at North Road Studio in Bellshill.
Better Late than Never is officially released on Saturday 26th November. It’s available on CD and as a
digital download from Spotify. To mark the release date, Esperanza will be performing live at The Classic
Grand, Jamaica Street, Glasgow. Also on the bill are Glasgow indie legends The Girobabies and
Edinburgh ska giants Big Fat Panda. Doors open at 7pm and the aftershow party goes on until 3am – so
it’s sure to be a great night