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TC&I ‘Great Apirations’ EP and 2018 live shows Burning Shed 15 November 2017

XTC’s Colin Moulding & Terry Chambers reveal info on UK shows, EP vinyl edition

Ahead of a string of live shows scheduled this autumn for XTC co-frontman Colin Moulding and original XTC drummer Terry Chambers, Moulding has announced the vinyl release of their ‘Great Aspirations’ EP. Previously only CDs (both signed and unsigned copies) were available.

The duo has also announced that, in their live sets,  “we will go for the more idiosyncratic songs that I wrote for the band, songs that were tucked away in corners. We seem to have gone where the tribute bands never go”.

These are the first live shows in 36 years for Chambers and Moulding, who just celebrated his 63rd birthday. After the first four dates sold out quickly, Swindon Arts Centre has extended their exclusive mini-residency with two new dates – on November 18 and 20.

The two legends have also revealed that George Wilding will be supporting TC&I by opening all shows for their mini-residency. Hailing from  Avebury, Wiltshire, George is no stranger to Swindon, having recorded his ‘Being Ragdollian’ EP with producer Stu Rowe at  Lighterthief Studios (Andy Partridge, Future Sound Of London, Shriekback, Paul Weller, Jen Olive),

Moulding and Chambers recently released their debut ‘Great Aspirations’ EP under the moniker TC&I. In addition to this new material, they plan to play a selection of the songs from the XTC catalogue written by Colin, several of which have never been played live due to the fact that the band stopped touring in 1982, not long before Chambers’ departure.

“These dates are probably commensurate with our output thus far. We’re not going to do the usual promoters’ circuit. Besides it’s kind of special this way. Like a stationary west end show or something,” says Colin Moulding.

The ‘Great Aspirations’ EP presents four new original recordings that showcase Colin’s English pop vision. This is the first new material from Moulding in many years with lead track ‘Scatter Me’, featuring XTC’s trademark qualities of melody, rhythm, variety, and idiosyncratic subject matter, mixed in with nostalgia fuelled by an understated political anger. Here, Moulding shows an appreciation of the good things, such as friendship, landscape and longing. Here he again reminds us of what we stand to lose in the name of progress, looking at the rapidly changing world around him.

“Exciting times. 18 months ago couldn’t see this happening – I’m as excited about these gigs as I was in 1973 playing our first gig at the Arts Centre Swindon as a 17 year Helium Kid, and the first time to be playing with Colin together on stage since San Diego,” says Terry Chambers.
XTC’s long-standing rhythm section will be joined by music veterans Steve Tilling on guitar and Gary Bamford on keyboards and guitar. This is not the first XTC encounter for multi-instrumentalist and session musician Tilling, the man behind Circu5, whose debut album ‘The Amazing Monstrous Grady’ featured a guest appearance from XTC guitarist Dave Gregory.
Swindon musician Bamford has an extensive history of music writing, orchestrating, teaching and collaborating, including working with The Beautiful South to orchestrate 25 songs for the musical ‘The Slide’ and as bandleader for the show at their premiere performances. His debut album ‘Jadj’ was co-produced with Jim Barr (Portishead).2018 marks the 40-year anniversary of XTC’s first studio album ‘White Music’. While XTC was founded in 1972, it wasn’t until 1979 that XTC had their first UK charting single. Moulding had written the first three charting singles (‘Life Begins at the Hop’‘Making Plans for Nigel’, and ‘Generals and Majors’). Chambers left the lineup in the 1980s, while Moulding continued his partnership with frontman Andy Partridge through the group’s dissolution in 2006.

Lately there has been renewed interest in XTC, in part due to the release of eye-opening XTC documentary ‘This Is Pop’ about the band’s history and legacy, which looks at XTC and their journey from mercurial pop outsiders to full blown national treasures and one of Britain’s most influential yet unsung bands.TC&I tickets are now available at the Swindon Arts Centre box office (tel. 01793 524481) Monday to Saturday from 10am-6pm or online at goo.gl/xHMZSu. The ‘Great Aspirations’ EP is available exclusively through Pledge Music and Burning Shed.

TRACK LIST

1. Scatter Me  (4:32)
2. Greatness (The Aspiration Song)  (3:53)
3. Kenny  (4:33)
4. Comrades of Pop  (2:23)
CREDITS
Drums, percussions and backing vocals: Terry Chambers
Guitars, basses, keyboards and lead vocals: Colin Moulding
Saxophone and trumpet on ‘Kenny’ and ‘Scatter Me’: Alan Bateman
Farfisa organ and ornate tinkling on ‘Scatter Me’: Mikey Rowe
Soprano voice on ‘Scatter Me’: Susannah Bevington
All songs written by Colin Moulding. Arrangements by TC&I.
Produced by TC&I. Mixed by Stuart Rowe. Recorded and engineered by TC&I.
Further recording of drums and horns at Earthworm Amber Studios, Swindon.
Engineered by Jon Bucket with the assistance of Pete Hewington. Mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering
Photography By Geoff Winn. Design by Andrew Swainson from a concept by TC&I.

Manufactured by Media Plant, Swindon, UK.

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Posted by on September 25, 2018 in Alternative

 

The Venus Fly Trap – Icon (Glass Modern Records 28 September 2018)

British cult outfit The Venus Fly Trap to release ‘Icon’ album

British cult outfit The Venus Fly Trap have announced they will release their new ‘Icon’ LP via Glass Modern Records. This Bladerunner rock n roll sees post-punk fuse with dark electronica envisioned through rose-tinted shades and dark acidic visions.

Founded in Northampton by Alex Novak (vocals) and Andrew Denton(guitar, programming) in 1986 after Novak parted company with darkwave post-punk band Attrition, mythology has always been part of The Venus Fly Trap’s psyche, alongside space and science fiction. This is music created for imaginary films for your mind.

The Venus Fly Trap emerged from the same fold as Bauhaus, with Novak having attended art school with three-quarters of the band and gigging alongside Bauhaus in several previous bands. Bauhaus’ Kevin Haskins would later produce the band’s 1989 EP ‘Rocket USA / Cloud 9 / Opium War’ and co-produced the ‘Shedding Another Skin’ LP (1992) with Pat Fish (The Jazz Butcher). Fish also produced their ‘Pandoras Box’ album (1991).

Produced by Martin Bowes of Attrition fame and also Pigface, the new ‘Icon’ album follows the ‘Nemesis’ LP (2008) and ‘Metamorphosis’, which released on limited red vinyl in 2016.

The Venus Fly Trap draws inspiration from many sources, including psychedelia via post punk electronica, reggae via Bauhaus, film noir, The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Doors, Sisters of Mercy and Nine Inch Nails.

About this new album, Alex Novak says, “I was inspired by ancient mythology how it has been subverted via cinema and TV screen idols / godesses..and the nature of fame via TV and the internet… the fascination of being famous for being famous, drawing on what Warhol said “in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes’.

With a strong European following, earlier releases came out via labels Danceteria (France), Azyl (Czech Republic), Spectre (Germany), Soundbuster (Germany), SPV (Germany Poland) and Big Blue (Poland).

Their live music adventures have seen them shared the stage with The Mission, Spacemen 3, Tom Verlaine (Television), Clan Of Xymox, New Model Army, Killing Joke, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Attrition, Pop Will Eat Itself, Chameleons, Christian Death, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Jazz Butcher, Sultans Of Ping and Front Line Assembly, among others.

The ‘Icon’ album will be released on September 28. It will be available on CD via Glass Modern Records and digitally across online stores and streaming platforms, as well as Bandcamp.

TRACK LIST
1. Icon
2. Vitesse
3. Voodoo Voodo
4. Flashback
5. Deadly Nightshade
6. Return Of Sidewinder
7. The Genesis Of The Daleks
8. Puppet
9. In The Moonlight

CREDITS
Alex Novak – Vox
Andrew Denton – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals & Programing

Paul Cox – Backing Vocals (Track 8,9), 12 String (Track 9)
Nathan Bundy – Additional Keyboards (Track 4,6)
Sylvie Denton – Spoken Word (Track 1,2)
Anthony Denton – Spoken Word / Backing Vox (Track 1,9)
Martin Bowes – The Exterminator
Music by A.Denton / Lyrics by A.Novak © Venus Fly Trap 2018

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Posted by on September 22, 2018 in Alternative, Goth

 

Whispering Sons – Image ( 19 October 2018 SMILE Records, ROW – Cleopatra, USA)

Brussels based post-punk outfit Whispering Sons are set to release their long awaited debut album Image via SMILE Records & Cleopatra.

Image takes a giant leap forward from Whispering Sons’ previous work.

Together with producer Micha Volders (Meteor Musik, El Guapo Stuntteam) and engineer/co-producer Bert Vliegen (Teen Creeps, Sophia), the band used the studio as a means to broaden their sound, enriching it with acoustic drums and a whole range of synthesizers.

The ten tracks, recorded over a period of ten days at GAM Studios in Waimes (BE), evoke an atmosphere both ominous and urging , yet at the same time capture the band’s agitated live intensity.

The record was mixed by Bert Libeert (Goose, B) at Jetson Studio and mastered by Frederik Dejongh at Jerboa Mastering.

The songs on the album were written after the band collectively moved to Brussels in 2016.

In between periods of intense touring, they worked hard to translate their new perspectives into their first full album.

Feeding on the dynamics of the city, the tracks unveil feelings of alienation and distance.

Image is a motionless state, in which observations overshadow actions.

It reflects the artificiality of things, yet still desperately clings on to ideals and obsessions, something which is also strengthened by the cover artwork of Flor Maesen.

In 2016, the band won Humo’s Rock Rally, one of Belgium’s most prestigious national contests that boosted the career of upcoming artists such as dEUS.

After that, Whispering Sons have been touring Belgium and Europe extensively, establishing a strong live reputation.

The band have so far released the EP Endless Party (2015) and two 7“ singles, Performance/Strange Identities (2016) and White Noise (2017).

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

10.10  Barcelona (ES)  La 2 De Apolo *

11.10  Madrid (ES)         SalaCopernico *

12.10  Lisbon (PT)         RCA Club *

13.10  Porto (PT)           Hard Club *

19.10  Rotterdam (NL) Left of the Dial Fest

20.10  Brussels (BE)     Ancienne Belgique

22.10  Eindhoven (NL) DDW Music Fest

24.10  Kortrijk (BE)        De Kreun ^

25.10  Den Haag (NL) Paard Van Troje ^

31.10  Amsterdam (NL) Sugar Factory

02.11  Berlin (DE)          Urban Spree

03.11  Bochum (DE)     Kulturbahnhof

09.11  Cologne (DE)     Gebäude 9

10.11  Namur (BE)        Belvedere

21.11  Paris (FR)           Espace B

24.11  Turin (IT)             Padiglione 14

27.11  Budapest (HU)  Dürer Kert

29.11  Prague (CZ)       Meetfactory

08.12 Turnhout (BE)     Club Kuub

14.12 Gent (BE)            De Centrale

* w/The Soft Moon

^ w/Gang Of Four

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2018 in Goth, New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Viva Death – Illuminate LP (Functional Equivalent Recordings 26 October 2018)

Viva Death announce new ‘Illuminate’ LP, preview lead single ‘Ready to Go’

Alternative rock outfit Viva Death has announced they will release their first new album in eight years through Functional Equivalent Records. The ‘Illuminate’ LP features 14 tracks, set for release in late October. Ahead of that, the band presents the lead single ‘Ready to Go’.

Viva Death is a recording project with an evolving cast of collaborators and an audacious vision of 21st century rock music.  Having started as a baritone-guitar driven project spearheaded by Scott Shiflett and Trever Keith of Face to Face, the lineup came to also include Scott’s brother Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), omnipresent drummer Josh Freese (The Vandals, Devo, A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer), and producer extraordinaire Chad Blinman (Face To Face, Jarboe, Faith and The Muse, Saves The Day, The Get Up Kids).

As the bassist of Southern California pop-punk titans Face to Face for over twenty years, and frequent touring guitarist for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Scott Shiflett is a player of exceptional skill and energy.  Since 2001, Shiflett has been channeling his more adventurous inclinations into Viva Death.

This new LP follows the album ‘Curse The Darkness’ (2010), a labor-of-love project between Blinman and Scott Shiflett, who played virtually all of the instruments on that album. Viva Death has previously issues two albums – ‘Viva Death’ (2002) and ‘One Percent Panic’ (2006).

Viva Death embodies an ethos of free expression, DIY, rejecting the status quo – to operate beyond industry confines and expectations, creating a series of works that hold a distinct identity while defying easy categorization.

Since ‘Curse The Darkness’ (2010) released, Viva Death has taken a back seat since Face To Face became much busier and due to the fact that Shiflett and Blinman now live on opposite coasts. They came together a while back to record the new Viva Death album ‘Illuminate’.

On ‘Illuminate’, Viva Death continue their mission of unbridled creativity and unapologetic artistry, offering listeners a sonic journey through a vast and richly detailed world, at times explosive and brashly confrontational, then unexpectedly fragile and ethereal.  Stretching Viva Death into a wider range of style and sound than ever before, this album reasserts Shiflett’s distinctive vision as a songwriter and performer. ‘Illuminate’ is a sprawling sonic adventure, drawing comparisons to the great classic rock gatefold epics.

These 14 songs seamlessly combine familiar tones with unfamiliar twists, weaving a path through classic hard rock, alternative, post-punk and avant-garde, never devolving into empty nostalgia.  Together, Shiflett’s songs create a compelling personal narrative of introspection and alienation, with moments of savage criticism and dark satire.

“We’ve covered a lot of ground with Viva Death – surprising for a project that started almost by accident.  On this record I wanted to go more personal than before, both in the songwriting and in the overall sonic approach…not shying away from my biggest influences (David Bowie, the Beatles, Bauhaus, Pink Floyd, the Clash), hopefully making something that evokes aspects of those classic records but also sounds new and unexpected.  We wanted to draw the listener in closer, but push the extremes farther in every direction,” says Scott Shiflett.

“Every album started with a kind of experimental question that defined the recording process.  Scott and I made the third record mostly by ourselves. On this new record, the experiment was ‘Can we expand the stylistic palette even further, and make something that feels like a classic rock double album––but without using any actual drum sets or guitar amps?’  Every record began with a different set of parameters, but every record sounds unmistakably like Viva Death,” says Chad Blinman, a 30-year veteran electronic musician and engineer, who has brought his meticulous skill and sonic inventiveness to every Viva Death release.

As of October 26, ‘Illuminate’ will be available from major digital download and streaming providers worldwide, but already can be pre-ordered from various sites, including Viva Death’s own Bandcamp.

TRACK LIST
1. Ready to Go
2. Trip
3. Sound the Alarm
4. Windows
5. Don’t Box Me In
6. Two Hands
7. Seasons
8. Petitioning the Black Wall
9. New Terrors
10. Unclear
11. Storm
12. Slipping Away
13. Man in the Street
14. Damnatio Memoriae

CREDITS
Scott Shiflett – instruments, voices
Chad Blinman – drums, noises
All songs written by Scott Shiflett and published by Scott Shiflett Music (BMI)
Recorded and mixed at The Eye Socket by Chad Blinman
Produced by Viva Death
Mastered by Joe Gastwirt
Cover art by Stewy (stewy.eu)
Graphic design by Chad Blinman
© 2018 Functional Equivalent Recordings.  FER006

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Posted by on September 13, 2018 in Alternative

 

Clark Twain – Try Too Hard (21 September 2018)

Austin’s Clark Twain Presents Easy Summer Single ‘Try to Hard’

Austin-based indie pop artist Clark Twain has announced his new single ‘Try Too Hard’, a serene pop offering off his coming debut album ‘Life is Wonderful’. His music is influenced by such artists as Death Cab for Cutie, the Flaming Lips, Ben Kweller, and John Mayer.

“I think of songs as little spaces. they are created to be visited: like a room in your house, a nook in your hometown, a store on your favorite street. you know where it is, have an experience with it, and can go back to it to wander around as often as you’d like. I hope these little spaces I’m creating provide some refuge, a place to dance, and maybe even a place to bring a friend and eat tacos,” says Clark Twain.

“I wrote ‘Try Too Hard’ for the people I accidentally hurt in life. I can be stubborn and unintentionally cause harm to those I love and/or work with.”

This new track follows up Twain’s debut single ‘Fly High (Like Richard Branson)’, a fun and upbeat track that is infectious with high positivity. The fun, high-flying accompanying video was directed by Vanessa Pla,who also co-produced it with Clark Twain.

Clark Twain is the solo moniker of Clark Nowlin, who began playing guitar at 10, cutting his teeth on Metallica and Nirvana covers with friends in the attic and starting his first band a few years later. He eventually quit his day job to fully immerse himself in the world of music “because the gig money put enough gas in my tank”. After touring and recording with Tim Halperin and Marshall Young for a few years and supporting various artists, he amassed recording gear, learned the ropes, and began producing various musical projects.

Clark dedicated a solid 6-month block of time to working on his new material, beginning in January of this year, and splitting time between Elmwood Studios in Dallas, Clark’s home studio in Austin, and in Denton, Texas with Brack Cantrell, one of Clark’s all-time favorite producers, who also mixed his new material. Mastering was performed by Jon Törnblom.

“If music is to serve any purpose, it’s to remind us that we’re alive and that we’re not alone. For me, making it is a sign that I’m alive. Connecting with it is a sign that this big mysterious journey called life isn’t new territory and that whatever situation we’re in – someone’s already been there and has made it through,” says Clark Twain.

“I’m an eternal optimist and truly believe the best is yet to come in our experiences here on Earth. If there’s a shred of this hope embodied in this music, I’ve achieved my goal. I hope that these sounds put a little wind-in-your-sails when needed on a still day.”

Clark Twain’s ‘Try To Hard’ will be released on September 21. Already now, you can find his debut single “Fly High (Like Richard Branson)” through online stores and streaming platforms such as Spotify, as well as Bandcamp.

LIVE DATES
Sept 10 Austin – Skylark Lounge
Nov 16  Austin – private album release party
Nov 17  Austin – Spiderhouse Ballroom (album release party)
Oct 1    Austin – Skylark Lounge

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Posted by on September 10, 2018 in Alternative

 

Musta Paraati – Black Parade (Cleopatra Records 19 October 2018)

Finnish post-punk pioneers Musta Paraati return with LP after 34 years, preview ‘The Leader’

Finnish post-punk legends Musta Paraati will be releasing their first new album in 34 years this October through Cleopatra Records. The ‘Black Parade’ LP features 11 tracks in English. 10 of these are new and ‘The Leader’ is a new English rendition of their song ‘Johtaja’, which released as a single in 1983. The band is previewing this track ahead of the album release.

This release follows Cleopatra Records’ 23-track deluxe reissue of their 1983 debut album ‘Peilitalossa’ on CD & digitally, also featuring bonus material from their 1984 sophomore album ‘Käärmeet’.

Highly regarded as Finland’s premiere post-punk / goth rockers, Musta Paraati was making music before their countrymen Russian Love, Two Witches, and The 69 Eyes. With their own unique sound that is upbeat and with an old school punk attitude, their music gained them cult status in their native Finland, their albums being considered prized contributions to record collections, and also led to touring with other cult bands like Lords of the New Church and Hanoi Rocks.

It is not surprising that Jyrki ’69’ Linnankivi from The 69 Eyes joined Musta Paraati members Sakari ‘Saku’ Paasiniemi (guitar), Pasi ‘Panda’ Nikander (bass), Yrjö ‘Ykä’ Knuuttila (drums) on this album. The band’s original vocalist was Jore Vastelin, who passed away in 1993.

“We started this project with Jyrki to make couple of songs in English for our fans abroad, but it grew into a full album. We are really exited and proud about our new album ‘Black Parade’. It has pushed us to the next level and we are already working new material for the future releases,” says Yrjö.

“Since the material sounded virtually like the music Musta Paraati was making back in the 80’s, I took an imaginitive journey back in time and studied everything I found from that era, including music, movies, and politics. I also kept the somewhat naiive approach for lyrics and rock’n’roll to keep things simple,” comments Jyrki 69.

In 2015, Musta Paraati had a new lineup with vocalist Herra Ylppö, with whom they played a string of well-received shows and released the two-track EP ‘Uusi Musta/Uudet Juhlat’. Ylppö’s work with solo career and his band Maj Karma led to Musta Paraati guitarist Saku Paasiniemi sending some new tracks to Jyrki 69.

“Two hours after I sent the demos to Jyrki, I received three completed songs,” says Saku. “We didn’t really think of our collaboration marked the new coming of Musta Paraati at all – it was just another cool project!”

Following the re-release of ‘Peilitalossa’, Jyrki 69 shared the new demos with Cleopatra Records, the label signed on for a new album and Musta Paraati joined Jyrki 69 in the studio to record what would become the ‘Black Parade’ album.

The album cover for ‘Black Parade’ features photography by Stefan Bremer, the same photograper whose image features on the band’s debut album, taken at exactly the same location.

As of October 19, ‘Black Parade’ will be available from online stores and streaming platforms, such as Spotify. It can already be pre-ordered digitally via Bandcamp and on both CD and vinyl via Cleopatra Records. This Musta Paraati vinyl is a limited edition purple vinyl pressing. This album will be supported with a full-scale international tour starting in November.

TRACK LIST
1. Animosity
2. Nacht Der Untoten
3. The Leader
4. Aujourd’hui
5. Chopsticks
6. The Race Is On
7. Radio
8. Digital Twin
9. Reaper
10. Today
11. If I Die Tomorrow

CREDITS
Music by Sakari Paasiniemi
Lyrics by Jyrki Linnankivi
Except “The Leader” – lyrics by General Njassa & Jyrki Linnankivi
All arrangements by Musta Paraati and Karo Broman
Produced by Karo Broman and Musta Paraati
Recorded by Karo Broman at Secret Flat Studios, Helsinki
Keyboards by Karo Broman
Mixed by Karo Broman and Musta Paraati
Mastered by Jürgen Engler
Photography by Stefan Bremer

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Posted by on September 8, 2018 in Post Punk

 

Neville & Sugary Staple – Rude Rebels (Cleopatra Records 28 September 2018)

Ska royalty Neville & Sugary Staple announce ‘Rude Rebels’ LP, preview ‘Rebel Down’ feat. Roddy Radiation (The Specials)

Ska royalty Neville and Sugary Staple have announced their new collaborative album ‘Rude Rebels’. It will be released via Cleopatra Records on both CD and special clear vinyl with black and white splatter in time for celebrations for the 40th Anniversary of 2Tone Records.

‘Rude Rebels’ is full of original upbeat music with vocal statements on life, fashion, love and morals, plus some smooth reggae vibes. It features brand new songs and recordings from Neville Staple, legendary singer and toaster of The Specials and co-founder of Fun Boy Three, and his partner-in-crime Sugary Staple, as well as former Specials’ guitarist Roddy Radiation (a.k.a. Roddy Byers).

With 2019 being the 40th Anniversary of The Specials and 2Tone Records, this is a timely release. This album follows Sugary Staple’s sold out ‘Rudegirl Sounds’ EP and Neville Staple’s ‘Return of Judge Roughneck’ double album, also released via Cleopatra Records.

The Staples are a permanent fixture of the widely regarded and enormously active ska scene in the UK, performing regularly at both clubs and massive festivals. In the Neville Staple Band, who have been actively touring both at home and abroad, Sugary joins Neville Staple to front the band.

Sugary and Neville wrote and produced this rebel-lishious offering, alongside Tom Lowry (The Specials, Neville Staple, Spectrum) at Planet Studios in Coventry, which brings a super blend of punked up anthems, dancehall ska and sweet rebel reggae and bluebeat.

“The album was produced with our love of punk, ska, 2tone and reggae, which we mixed into an indulgent sub-culture blend. A bit like me,” says Sugary Staple.

“Working alongside Neville on the production was just perfect. He gets me, and he understands where I am at musically and about my promotion of women going for it, regardless of age and situation. We both still have something to say in our productions, while still creating a dancing beat or a sing-along vocal.”

Tracks like ‘Rebel Down’, ‘Way of Life’, ‘Be As One’ and ‘Original Rudegirl Sound’, are reminiscent of 1970’s & 80’s fun punky ska with 2Tone echoes, while ‘Tattoo King’ and their reworking of Stranger Cole’s ‘When I Call Your Name’ celebrates long-standing traditions of ska. Roddy Radiation features on three tracks – ‘Rebel Down’, ‘Way of Life’ and ‘Be As One’.

“I felt really free on this production. Having the freedom to be creative with someone on your wave-length is really refreshing for me. I love how we celebrate the great musical genres of my 40-year career. There’s a little taste of The Specials in there, a Clash type of punk vibe and even Trojan Records styles. We’ve been touring some of the songs and the fans have gone nuts for it. Great to have my buddy Roddy on board too,” says Neville Staple.

Apart from Roddy Byers’ excellent guitar arrangements by Roddy Byers (currently with the Skabillyy Rebels), a host of other musical professionals are involved, including the members of the Neville Staple Band (Joe Atkinson, Matty Bane, Steve ‘Sledge’ Armstrong, Spencer Hague, Billy Shinbone), Daddy ‘Nuff Lyrics’ Woody and Alvin ‘Horn-blower’ Davies.

As of September 28, the ‘Rude Rebels’ album will be available on both CD and special clear vinyl with black and white splatter. However, the album can already be pre-ordered digitally via Bandcamp and via Cleopatra Records directly.

TRACK LIST
1. Rebel Down
2. Tattoo King
3. When I Call Your Name
4. Boy (Dub Out)
5. Be As One
6. Wrong Shoes
7. Original Rudegirl Sound
8. Why Oh Why
9. Ska To The Beat
10. Dirty Little Liar
11. The Border
12. Way Of Life
13. Way I Love You
14. Woulda Coulda Shoulda

TOUR DATES
Aug 26    Winchester – Graze Festival
Sep 02    Coventry – Godiva Festival
Sep 07    Brighton – Concorde2
Sep 08    London – Alexandra Palace (with Toots and the Maytals)
Sep 15    Nottingham – Rock Against Racism
Sep 22    Minehead – Butlins
Sep 29    Ware – Drill Hall
Oct 06    Cardiff – The Globe
Oct 13    Norwich – Epic Studios
Oct 20   Chesterfield (TBA)
Nov 10    Bognor – Butlins
Nov 16    Llangollen – Sun Inn
Nov 17    Bristol – Fleece
Nov 23    Skamouth – DJ Party
Dec 01    Hastings – Black Market VIP
Dec 08   Devon (TBA)
Dec 21    Frome – Cheese & Grain
Dec 22    Swansea – The Garage

“Upbeat, infectious and utterly authentic.. imbued with a deep and genuine love of pop reggae and ska. Top ranking” – Daily Star Newspaper

‘My talented friends.. happy music, just what we need’ – Shane O’Connor, BBC Radio Coventry & Warks

“Stunning legacy and repertoire… all the spunk found in The Specials classic ‘Gangsters’ with more of a feel-good yet critical dose of The English Beat and The Special Beat… delivering the original sound of genuine 2 Tone ska” – Big Takeover Magazine

“Joy. Pure Joy… a testament to how much fun live music can be” – The National Student

“Better for artists of such calibre to release an album every ten years than a run-of-the-mill artist to release something often” – Ox Fanzine

“Nothing came close to the sensational Neville Staple Band who really got the party started and had the masses dancing along” – Exeter Express & Echo

Keep up with Neville Staple
Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Twitter | Soundcloud | Spotify | Amazing Tunes

Keep up with Sugary Staple
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Instagram | YouTube | Spotify

Keep up with Cleopatra Records
Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2018 in Ska