The Fixx have always had a socially conscious theme to their music, and that continues with the just released ‘Beautiful Friction,’ which is the band’s tenth studio album. Most well-know for their Album Oriented Rock, and ultimately top 40 tracks ‘Red Skies,’ ‘One Thing Leads to Another,’ and ‘Saved by Zero,’ the synth-pop-but-almost-prog-rock group continues their evolution with the latest release. Vocalist Cy Curnin describes the band as “a fine wine that has aged well in the bottle. I love being in this band. It’s my therapy. You can take everything away from me, but no one can take away the relationship and creativity that flows between the five of us.” Sample the album tracks, check out the band’s new video, and more below.

Guitarist Jamie West-Oram, keyboardist Rupert Greenall, bassist of Dan K. Brown, drummer Adam Woods and Curnin are all back for the new release, which not only speaks to long-time fans, it appeals to a new generation. Says Curnin, “There’s a theme that traces through The Fixx. Our catalogue is connected, our viewpoint as a collective has always been socially driven. With the Internet, things sped up, and we were able to get feedback quicker and became closer with our fan base. We’ve been so thankful to hear from people who let us know our music made a difference in their life. It made us realize we had a sense of responsibility to our audience, that our work as a band was unfinished.” The painter whose work adorned the ‘Reach the Beach’ and ‘Phantoms’ albums, George Underwood is even back to create the album art for ‘Beautiful Friction.’

The album is a true return to form for the Fixx, with Curnin adding, “As a whole, we were very focused on what was happening in the world around us and the legacy that was being left for our children, for everyone’s children. This album confronts our frustrations with the current socio-economic crises affecting the world, but it’s also quite hopeful.”

“It seems we’ve all ground to a bit of a halt with so much unrest, the Occupy movement, debt, war and more. We ultimately see the album as positive, eager for the dawn of a new era, the possibility to change the way we see the world and to view it with more optimism. That’s why we called it Beautiful Friction – the times we live in are tough, but there’s a beauty in that. There’s a hope.”

Listen to samples of that hope in all the album tracks here:

“Anyone Else” is the first single from the new album. Check out the song and video, which deliver a positive message of redemption and tolerance. Directed by Jon Collins.

Lewis & Floorwax from Classic Rock 103.5 in Denver recently interviewed lead man Cy Curnin. Check out the chat below:

The Fixx will be sitting down with Bob Coburn on Rockline this August 8th. Call in to talk to the band at 1-800-344-ROCK. Find the affiliate closest to you here:

‘Beautiful Friction’ 2012 Tour dates:
Aug. 6 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
Aug. 7 – Portland, OR – Music Millennium – In-Store Appearance
Aug. 9 – Bend, OR – Drake Park Mainstage (Free Show)
Aug. 12 – Rochester, MN – Mayo Park (Free Show)
Aug. 14 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip
Aug. 17 – Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Boardwalk (Free Show)
Aug. 18 – Denver, CO – Hard Rock’s Rock The Block (Free Show)
Aug. 23 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Aug. 25 – Skokie, IL – Backlot Bash – (Free Show)
Aug. 26 – Essex Junction, VT – Champlain Valley Fair (w/J. Geils Band)
Aug. 28 – Allentown, PA – The Great Allentown Fair (w/J. Geils Band)
Aug. 30 – Madison, CT – The Madison Beach Hotel (Free Show)