photo credit Max Ellis

photo credit Max EllisPhoto of The Men They Couldn’t Hang © photo credit Max Ellis

Great news for fans of Peel favourites The Men They Couldn’t Hang – they’re celebrating their 30th anniversary next year in style, with a new album and live dates!

The Men They Couldn’t Hang first came together in 1984 to perform at a festival in Camden alongside the Pogues and The Boothill Foot-Tappers. Their debut single ‘Green Fields of France’ was a huge hit on the UK Indie chart and was no. 3 in Peel’s Festive Fifty for 1984 (behind The Smiiths and Cocteau Twins). It’s an astonishing song, extremely moving and set the band up nicely for the years to come. The band are especially well known for their political comment and raucous live shows.

They’re using the medium of crowd funding to get the money their need to record the new album, as this extract from the press release we just received confirms:

The revered British folk punk group The Men They Couldn’t Hang will celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2014 with the recording and release of a brand new album via a campaign with Pledge Music that has already seen them raise almost 90% of their target amount in the first three weeks (to 18th November).

In addition to the purchase of signed CD’s, extremely limited vinyl copies and an exclusive bonus CD, other incentives invite Pledgers to contribute backing vocals, perform at one of TMTCH’s forthcoming live shows and have a curry with them afterwards!

Every Pledger will also be entered into a raffle to win a unique prize dubbed ‘The Bundle’, which will be created during the recording sessions and which the band claim “will include the original studio track notes, lyric sheets, rough mix discs, CD’s that we’ve been listening to, half finished bottles of Oban whiskey, a mandolin signed by the band and any other studio detritus we decide to throw in.”

Once the target has been reached, 10% of any further monies raised will be donated to CISWO, a charity that provides community and personal welfare services within mining and former mining communities.

All other funds will go directly to the recording, manufacturing and distribution of the new album, which is planned for general release in early May and will be showcased at a special 30th Anniversary show in London at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 19th April.

Full details of the Pledge campaign can be seen here:

Along with the Shepherd’s Bush show the band are also playing these three dates:

The Men They Couldn’t Hang will also be playing these three regional UK dates next month:

12.12.13  MANCHESTER  Academy

13.12.13  GLASGOW  King Tut’s

14.12.13  NEWCASTLE  O2 Academy

The Men They couldn’t Hang’s website is here. They’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

All words Guy Manchester. More words by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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