During their show at Corona Capital in Mexico on November 17th, Pulp aired new song ‘Background Noise’ for the first time.
The performance marked Pulp’s first concert since their summer of shows across Britain in the summer, which began in May and ended on July 29th at the Eventim Apollo in London. The Yorkshire icons also played two sold-out hometown shows in Sheffield and headlined a series of festivals, including Isle of Wight and TRNSMT.
Frontman Jarvis Cocker dedicated their new song ‘Background Noise’ to his girlfriend, who was in attendance at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, but didn’t disclose further details regarding ‘Background Noise’. At this stage, it’s unknown whether the track will be officially released and if Pulp have made more new music.
Following the run of scheduled dates, it seemed uncertain whether their future would stretch beyond 2023. However, on a positive note, it was recently revealed they will headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on December 31st. Additionally, they’ve since also been announced to perform in Athens in June and as headliners of the Øya Festival in Norway in August.
Following the Edinburgh announcement, Cocker said: “When your grandkids ask, ‘Do you remember the first time Pulp played Edinburgh’s Hogmanay?’ What will your answer be? Come along and start 2024 in the very best way possible. Oh yes.”
In July, Pulp previously provided a live debut to ‘Hymn of the North’ at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield. “OK, I can promise you that no one has ever heard this song except for us on this stage… Actually, that was a lie,” Cocker told the crowd. “It’s a song — the kind of version of it was featured in a play by a guy called Simon Stephens, and it’s called ‘Hymn Of The North’.”
Cocker had originally written ‘Hynm of the North’ as a solo song for the 2019 play Light Falls, written by playwright Simon Stephens. The band also played the track during their final two shows of the summer at the Eventim Apollo.
Watch Pulp debut ‘Background Noise’ below.