Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Return of The Stranglers

This cool news just came through my inbox, read on...
The Stranglers are the last true survivors and most highly revered and original British bands to emerge from the late '70s punk scene.
If the Sex Pistols were the iconic British punk band of the late seventies, The Stranglers were a real reflection of what was going on whilst being the most commercially successful without any compromise.
Four decades, 17 albums, and 24 Top 40 hit singles later, the four-piece originally from Guildford, are making a welcomed return to North America for the first time in 20 years and will be releasing their new studio album Giants, on May 28 (All My People & Fontana/INGrooves).
Their legacy has not only inspired countless bands across the globe, but they are also one of the longest standing, continuously successful and original bands of our time, thanks to their dedicated international fan base, a knack for writing killer signature songs, and an undeniable ability to deliver top rated live performances.
The return to North America is an opportunity to see one of the few British bands that still reflect so much of what that iconic period was really about.
In 1977 the Stranglers released their debut album Rattus Norvegicus and established themselves as the world’s first progressive punk outlaws. Seminal long players like No More Heroes and Black and White followed before the band released live album Live (X Cert). 
Later that year The Stranglers surprised and surpassed all expectations by releasing the gentler more evocative album The Raven and it is that album’s legacy that’s left its mark on latter-day Stranglers recordings.

With the forthcoming release of Giants, and their single "Mercury Rising" out now and available as a free download in the US, fans and newcomers have the chance to experience and enjoy new material that remains true to the classic Stranglers sound.
“The band are currently on a creative and performing high and are really up for a visit to both the US and Canada.” says Jean-Jacques “JJ” Burnel, the man responsible for the band’s signature overdriven bass sound.
Their upcoming tour will take them across the US for a brief run. Tickets go on sale March 22.
The Stranglers in 2013 are JJ Burnel (bass and lead vocals), Dave Greenfield (keyboards) Baz Warne (guitar and lead vocals) and Jet Black (drums).
5/30 – Majestic – Detroit, MI
5/31 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
6/01 – Telus Theatre – Montreal, QC
6/03 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
6/04 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
6/05 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
6/07 – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
6/09 – Iron & Ink Festival – Long Beach, CA

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