British dance group Steps look to the future with ambitious new album

It’s no secret the 90s was one of the most exciting decades in pop culture.

Friends, fashion, and fast-food reigned supreme. It was the golden era of scrunchies, acid wash jeans, tube tops, and crimped hair.

And then there was the music – and it’s hard to think of the 90s without thinking of boot-scooting, British dance group Steps.

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It’s been 23 years since debut single 5, 6 ,7 ,8 exploded through radio airwaves and school discos alike, dominating the charts and earning the group a fiercely loyal fanbase, but the five-piece – comprising of Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Lee Latchford Evans and Faye Tozer – still remain one of the most popular bands in their native Britain.

14 top 10 hits, three number one albums, 20 million albums sold and seven sold-out tours later, Steps is back with a new album and Sia-penned title track to boot.

What the Future Holds, built around a bittersweet refrain of “one foot in the past and one foot in the future”, is the perfect statement for a band that rode the wave of nostalgia.

Their most ambitious album to date, ‘What the Future Holds’ showcases the big melodic choruses of their top-tier bangers but also brings back the harmony-laden ballads and some atmospheric mid-tempos. Credit: Supplied

“That line really did stand out to us when we first heard the song,” Claire tells 7NEWS.com.au, speaking via Zoom from her home in London.

What the Future Holds was one of the first songs that was played to us by our management. They didn’t even tell us that Sia had written it and sung the demo. I think they wanted to make sure we actually liked the song and not just because of who had written it and who was singing it,” Claire says,

“It really does sum us up quite perfectly because What the Future Holds is is very much the ‘new’ Steps. But we wanted to dip our toes in a bit retro Steps a little bit, too.”

Single Something in Your Eyes and Heartbreak in this City harken back to the group’s ABBA-referencing glory days, while Clouds and Under my Skin offer rare midtempo moments.

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