Du Blonde, the new project of Beth Jeans Houghton, has unveiled the first single from her new album.

Black Flag is now available as a free download from her official website, and is taken from her forthcoming album, Welcome Back to Milk, which is released on Mute on May 18.

The single, as well as much of the album, was produced by  Bad Seed and Grinderman member Jim Sclavunos, whose previous production credits include The Jim Jones Revue and The Horrors.

Du Blonde has also announced a new tour for June, including a gig at the Deaf Institute in Manchester.

Explaining the change of musical direction, Du Blonde said: “I feel no need to ease people in.

“Black Flag is a good representation of the direction of the album. There are a few quieter, thoughtful tracks but the general mood is one of finally cracking.

“The record is a powerful release for me. It’s the result of finally sitting down and taking a look at my life, what I was angry about, what I needed to change.”

And describing the change of name, she said: “This is a new sound, a new project.

“Du Blonde is a new incarnation and one step closer to assuming my ultimate form.

“Having freed myself from the rusty and bloody shackles of Beth Jeans Houghton – both musically and spiritually – I felt it only right to step forth under a new name and let the rituals commence.”

Du Blonde plays: 

3 Jun 2015 – Brighton/ Green Door Store
4 Jun 2015 – London/ 100 Club
5 Jun 2015 – Leeds/ Brudenell Social Club
6 Jun 2015 – Bristol/ Louisiana
7 Jun 2015 – Nottingham/ The Bodega
9 Jun 2015 – Manchester/ Deaf Institute
10 Jun 2015 – Glasgow/ Broadcast
11 Jun 2015 – Newcastle/ The Cluny
24 Jul 2015 – Thirsk/ Deer Shed Festival
4/5/6 Sep 2015 – Larmer Tree Gardens/ End Of The Road Festival

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