With Iggy And The Stooges set to release their fifth studio album, Ready To Die at the end of April and hitting our shores in March-April for a national tour, comes the release of the album’s first track to the punk rock loving public.

First single ‘Burn’ has dropped and is stepped in effortlessly rock ‘n’ roll cool. As opposed to the repetitive foot stomper of ‘I Got A Job But It Don’t Pay Shit’ with its direct but strained lyrics, that fans got a small teaser of last week, ‘Burn’ features Iggy Pop’s vocals in a low hazy drone.

With many of the members now pushing 60, the legendary frontman explained that his motivation to continue making music isn’t a personal one. “It’s just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they’re an older group they also make fucking records. They don’t just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money… and it’s the only thing I really have left to say is the Stooges are a real group.”

Ready To Die will see the return of the original Stooges lineup for the first time since the iconic Raw Power sessions. Fans will be hoping that the followup to 2007’s The Weirdness will be able to channel some of the same unbridled ferocity of Raw Power, 40 years after its original release.

Ed Cherney, who mixed the album, said: “It’s old-time Stooges. It’s raw. They’re great songs, but not necessarily big choruses. They’re the Antichrist of anthems.”

Ready To Die was fittingly produced by guitarist Williamson at Fantasy Studios in San Francisco, with Pop recording his vocals in Miami. Speaking of Iggy Pop’s timely lyrics, Cherney added, “he knows what he wants to say. He’s watching the world around him.”

Iggy And The Stooges will make a special appearance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay at the end of the month as well as playing headline shows in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

It joins a long list of exciting new album releases in 2013 from international acts. Including the disco-influenced album from Parisian duo Daft Punk, the latest from grunge veterans Mudhoney,new material from Brooklyn outfit The Nationalthe latest from Parisian indie popsters Phoenix, the fifth LP from New Yorkers The StrokesDavid Bowie’s first new album in a decade, and anticipated releases from the likes of Vampire WeekendYeah Yeah YeahsBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club, and The Knife’s 98 minute opusShaking The Habitual.

Similarly we can see brand new tunes from Australian artists including the Cat Empire’s latest, the second album from Melbourne twosome Big Scary, the Russian inspired return of Midnight Juggernauts, and a heap of new albums from the likes of Bernard FanningBirds of TokyoHermitudeAirbourneSuper Wild Horses, and new material from Perth outfit Pond.

You can view the artwork for Ready To Die, have a listen to new track ‘Burn’, and view Iggy And The Stooges Australian tour dates below:

Iggy And The Stooges 2013 Australian Tour Dates

With special guests: The Beasts Of Bourbon

Adelaide – Monday 25th March – Thebarton Theatre

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Melbourne – Wednesday 27th March – Festival Hall

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Sydney – Tuesday 2nd April – Hordern Pavillion

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Also appearing: Saturday 30th March – Byron Bay Blues Festival

Tix: www.bluesfest.com.au