Captain Sensible and Paul Gray from punk legends The Damned have announced a new album from their side project The Sensible Gray Cells.

Get Back Into The World is a new studio album recorded by the pair with Johnny Moped drummer Marty Love.

An exploration of their love for late 60s psych-pop, it will be released on 27 November on Damaged Goods Records.

Back in June, fans got their first taste of the new record in the form of the So Long/What’s The Point In Andrew? 7in, now long since sold out.

Now comes I Married A Monster, a stomping ’60s garage-punk nugget that pays tribute to their love of old horror films.

“We love all those old Ealing comedies, Carry On films and 1950s hammy-horror movies like The Blob and I Married A Monster From Outer Space,” explains Gray. “This is our musical tongue-in-cheek spoof homage to them.”

The pair first worked on the band back in 2013, when they released the album A Postcard From Britain, long before Gray re-joined The Damned for their Evil Spirits album in 2018.

Now, with live music derailed for the foreseeable future and 2020 proving an unforgettable year for all the wrong reasons, Sensible and Gray were inspired to reignite their old combo.

“PG and myself, being garage-psych aficionados, feel there should be more of this kind of music – and this is our contribution to the cause,” explains the Captain. “If I said that some of these songs were ‘Damned rejects’ that shouldn’t be seen as an indication of inferior songwriting, more that they’re not wearing the right shirt.”

“I’ve never been a prolific writer, being a lazy so-and-so. I think it’s best to wait for inspiration to call, which explains the seven-year gap (how many albums could the Beatles have crammed in that period!), but in the meantime Paul re-joined the Damned and we’ve gigged about a bit, which is always fun – can we have live music back again please!”

A Postcard From Britain was a snapshot of modern life and Get Back Into The World follows in the same vein.

“It’s sad that high streets around the world have been destroyed by online shopping, but nobody’s forcing people to do it – what can you do?,” added the Captain.

“The new album coincides with all this virus malarkey, which, unpleasant as it is, will undoubtedly be used by the powers-that-be to tighten the screws on us little people on behalf of their billionaire paymasters. Blah blah, etc. There’s a bit of that hidden away in the album.”

Get Back Into The World will be available on CD and vinyl, including various limited edition formats. Pre-orders are open now HERE.

Gary Welford
gary.ipamusic@gmail.com
ipamusic.co.uk owner