James goes to Decca for reunion album

Band will introduce material on KCRW next week

NEW YORK -- Veteran U.K. rock act James has inked a U.S. deal with Decca Records for the release of its first new album in seven years. "Hey Ma" will be released Sept. 16 and will be supported by as-yet-unannounced North American tour dates.

"Hey Ma," which debuted at No. 10 on the U.K. album chart last month, is the follow-up to 2001's "Pleased to Meet You." Sources say there will be an upcoming U.S. TV ad campaign featuring album track "Whiteboy" for an as-yet-unnamed major car manufacturer.

James will introduce the new material to U.S. listeners during a June 5 performance and interview on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic." Additionally, U.K. dates are on tap for mid-December.

Here is the track list for "Hey Ma":

"Hey Ma"
"Oh My Heart"
"Boom Boom"
"Of Monsters & Heroes & Men"
"I Wanna Go Home"