With an extensive US tour beginning this week and new European dates announced, Lifehouse are soon to release their seventh studio album 'Out Of The Wasteland' in the UK - but if you can't wait a week longer, you can get a sneaky first listen right here exclusively on contactmusic.com.

Lifehouse promoLifehouse will release 'Out Of The Wasteland' in the UK on June 22nd

There's a lot to look forward to with this new song collection. We say 'collection' because it's more of a patchwork of different themes reflecting several eras of the Los Angeles band. Written and recorded over two years, it's the first album they've created away from a major label, which means a lot more authenticity and, as Wade put it to Contactmusic.com in a recent interview, a 'return to our roots'.

They had nearly 70 songs to work with during the recording process, and predictably were forced to re-work the album a few times - something they'd never before had to do. 'It wasn't until we decided just to take the best songs and make it a collage that it all started to fall into place', Wade revealed.

Listen to 'Out Of The Wasteland' here:


'Out Of The Wasteland' was special for another reason; as the cinematic soundscapes will pertain, Wade got the chance to work alongside film composer James Newton Howard (formerly of Elton John's 70s band). He lent his talent to such songs as 'Hourglass', and afforded Wade his first venture in the world of movie-style arrangements. 'I've always had an affinity for film music, so to be able to work with one of my heroes and infuse a beautiful string section into a lyrical ballad was a really special moment for me', he said. 'These composers are just on a different level - they're geniuses - it's hard to wrap your mind around how they do what they do, but it was amazing to watch.'

More: Read the full interview with Jason Wade of Lifehouse

Lifehouse have been huge since their Platinum debut album 'No Name Face', featuring the Billboard Music Award winning single 'Hanging by a Moment'. They've managed to sell more than 15 million records globally, along with their subsequent five albums and have had various songs used as part of film soundtracks, including 'Shrek', 'The Wild' and 'Wicker Park'.

More: Read our review of 'Out Of The Wasteland'

The band will begin their US summer tour on Friday (June 19th) supporting Nickelback, and they will follow that up with a headline run in Europe and the UK from September.

'Out Of The Wasteland' will be released in the UK on June 22nd 2015 through Ironworks/Kobalt Label Services.