GREENOCK chart-toppers The Lucie Baines Band are set to release new material for the first time in more than 20 years.

Their single, ‘Despair’, comes out on June 30 and they will preview songs from their forthcoming album at a special bank holiday weekend gig in hometown venue, Cruden Hall, on Sunday May 6.

The track is their first release in 22 years since ‘Find A Lil’ Love’, which came out in 1996 and was a surprise Christmas number one in the 2016 official UK vinyl chart.

Singer Sami Cushnaghan said: “We started writing and recording tracks last year.

“There’s no shortage of material, but it takes time to get the songs into shape for recording.

“One thing you can say about us is that we won’t be rushed.”

The indie rockers - Andy Kerr, Will Gallacher, Robert McGovern, Sami Cushnaghan and Kev Ward — got back together two years ago in the name of charity and re-released ‘Find A Lil’ Love’ to mark the 20th anniversary of when it first came out and to raise money for Epilepsy Scotland in memory of a late friend of the band.

Following its success, they decided to use it as a springboard to finish what they set out to do two decades ago, make an album.

New single, ‘Despair’, will be available to pre-order on June 9 and available digitally on 30 June.

It is the first release from their yet-to-be-named album and they are looking forward to previewing some of the material in Cruden Hall next month.

Guitarist Will said: “We know we have some great new songs and want to try them in front of an audience of friends.

“What better time than the May bank holiday weekend.”

Tickets for the Cruden Hall gig go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am priced £10 online from​

Some are also available to buy in person from The Exchange on Tobago Street.