October 1 street date. The band’s third album was originally released in August 2011 and widely acclaimed as their finest. All formats feature the original album plus the Occultation singles and two previously-unreleased tracks, Maybe It’s You, the first demo recorded in 2007, and Half Life, a brand new spoken-word piece complementing two others, one of which The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years gave the album its title. This moving sonic memoir of Paul’s flatmate, Bunnymen drummer Pete de Freitas, has become a huge fan favourite and now makes its first appearance on an album. As was widely noted on release, the album’s subject matter is Liverpool. The Wild Swans were a key part of the city’s post-punk scene, forming after prime mover Paul Simpson had left The Teardrop Explodes, and releasing The Revolutionary Spirit, the last - and, in Bill Drummond’s words, best - single on Zoo Records. As Paul puts it: "For me, The Coldest Winter was the most emotionally explosive session by a long way, but also the most beautiful. English Electric Lightning, the song that started this project, had the working title of 'Punk Jerusalem' and, for me, that sums up the entire album; Blakean themes constrained by budget and will. Along with early anthems The Revolutionary Spirit and No Bleeding, The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years is the closest I have yet come to defining The Wild Swans.".