Suede have released 15 Again, the powerful new single taken from their forthcoming studio album Autofiction, described as “a song about falling in love with life for the first time” by Brett Anderson.
Premiered by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music today, 15 Again follows She Still Leads Me On, the bold new album opener Suede debuted live on stage in a surprise performance in Brussels and live streamed for fans. The song has been a mainstay on UK radio, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music playlists, described as “classic Suede” by The Sunday Times Culture, a “no frills, power driven tune” by The i Newspaper, “a virile, teasing return” by CLASH, and “possibly the most celebratory song they’ve ever written” by The Quietus.
Autofiction is Suede’s ninth studio album, and sees the band deciding to go back to basics in moves that recall their most formative days. Whilst writing the songs that would make up the album, Brett Anderson, Mat Osman, Simon Gilbert, Richard Oakes and Neil Codling schlepped to a rehearsal studio in deserted Kings Cross to collect a key, hump their own gear, set up and start playing. Recorded live at Konk studios in North London, Suede teamed with long-time collaborator Ed Buller. Ed first worked with the band producing their debut single The Drowners, which sees its 30th anniversary this year.
“Autofiction has a natural freshness, it’s where we want to be,” says Brett Anderson. And where Suede want to be is, in a way, the same place as they were when they began 30 years ago – a group of people living off the raw sensation of creating music together in a room.
This natural freshness can be heard anew in 15 Again. “When we were rehearsing and writing this record it was this sheer, physical rush. That thing where you’re hanging on for dear life,” bass player Mat Osman adds.
Autofiction Track listing
She Still Leads Me On
The Only Way I Can Love You
That Boy on the Stage
Drive Myself Home
It’s Always the Quiet Ones
What am I Without You?
Turn off Your Brain and Yell
Autofiction is available to pre-order now from