“A beefy musical stew dominated by brutal bass and smoldering organ. The punk veterans prove they are still a force to be reckoned with.”
- The Arts Desk (UK)
“The Stranglers have never sounded so alive.” 4/5 – MOJO Magazine (UK)
“Really quite thrilling.” 4 stars – Record Collector Magazine (UK)
(All My People & Fontana/INGrooves)
The Stranglers are the last true survivors, most highly revered and original British bands to emerge from the late 70′s UK punk scene. If the Sex Pistols were the iconic British punk band of the late seventies, the Stranglers were the most genuine and 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 17th studio album titled ‘Giants’, out on 05/28/13 (All My People & Fontana/INGrooves).
Hit singles such as Golden Brown, Peaches, No More Heroes, Skin Deep, and Strange Little Girl, have secured the band a firm place in the rock and roll history books. Regularly hitting the headlines with an instinctive nose for controversy and confrontation, the band’s genuine aura of danger and cool combined with tough, and imaginative songs, they created original and dynamic melodies and bass driven aggression that has influenced so many bands to this day.
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. Their 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 extraordinary debut album, Rattus Norvegicus and firmly 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 probably the finest live album of that era, 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 now have the chance to experience and enjoy brand new material that remains ever so true to that classic Stranglers sound, and at their very best. “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 the UK legends all the way from the mid-west, up to Canada, New York City and the east coast, then winding up in sunny California for the Iron & Ink Festival. Be sure to catch The Stranglers live this summer. Tickets go on sale March 22nd.
The Stranglers are JJ Burnel (bass and lead vocals), Dave Greenfield (keyboards) Baz Warne (guitar and lead vocals) and Jet Black (drums).
01. Another Camden Afternoon,
02. Freedom Is Insane,
05. Boom Boom,
06. My Fickle Resolve,
07. Time Was Once On My Side,
08. Mercury Rising,
10. 15 Steps.
THE STRANGLERS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
05/30 – Majestic – Detroit, MI
05/31 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
06/01 – Telus Theatre – Montreal, QC
06/03 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
06/04 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
06/05 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
06/07 – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
06/09 – Iron & Ink Festival – Long Beach, CA
MORE DATES TBA