We’ve reached the end of 2015. It hasn’t been as thrilling a year for new music as 2014 had been, but there has been plenty to entertain. We’re still waiting on the proposed deluxe edition of Prince & The Revolution’s classic ‘Purple Rain’ (we could be waiting a long time) and those promised UB40 deluxe editions. Another year has passed without the arrival of Real Gone favourite Mick Terry’s second album. Lots of people in the UK have been (over)-excited by Steven Wilson’s ‘Hand.Cannot.Erase.’, but most of what’s impressed us the most at Real Gone – as is so often the case – is often just a little more underground.
Legendary UK ska performers The Selecter have just unleashed a new video for ‘Walk The Walk’, a track taken from their brilliant 2015 LP ‘Subculture’. Filmed in London, the clip features Pauline Black, ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson and an important guest cast. The new single comes ahead of the bands November/December tour (full details below, along with the new video and full press release).
Coming to prominence as part of the second wave of ska in the late 70s, The Selecter will seemingly always be best known for their early singles ‘Three Minute Hero’ and ‘On My Radio’ and their 1979 full length ‘Too Much Pressure’. As one of a dozen or so albums released on the 2-Tone label, it achieved instant cult status and sounds just as fresh decades after it was recorded. The years passed and The Selecter endured shifting line-ups but, during an on-off career, continued to make great music and never lost their edge with regard to live performance.
Ska legends The Selecter have announced their plans for a full tour and new album in 2015. The news comes while the band are still on tour with The Levellers.
‘Subculture’ is the band’s third album since reforming in 2010 and its release will be prefaced by a twenty two date UK tour taking in many towns and cities. A London date is to be held at Koko in Camden on March 27th.
Full details can be found in the below press release.
In the summer of 2014, the Levellers issued a comprehensive greatest hits package, bringing together almost all of their single releases and promo videos in one place. Following a few festival shows, the band’s full tour staged at the end of the year was to be a celebration those hits to date. Tours often gain that certain something extra after a few shows, but right from this first night in a provincial theatre on the Kent coast, it’s clear from about three songs into their ninety minute set that Brighton’s favourite sons are on fine form.