The Stranglers’ upcoming album is not their best album since The Raven and those early classics…it’s the equal. We have had the album for a week now and it’s a fantastic, diverse, eclectic trip onto The Stranglers – every track is a killer… pre order now.

The video takes us on a journey through LA, including stops at significant Stranglers venues such as Whisky a-go-go where the band played four nights in 1980, and the Regent Theatre where The Stranglers played their last ever US show with Dave Greenfield. Throughout the film, hints of Dave are glimpsed around the streets.

 

This follows the news that their first album since 2012, Dark Matters, will be released later this year on 10 September. Greenfield himself features on eight of the 11 tracks.

 

The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel says:

“We wanted to create a feeling of space, after all one of us was missing. Dave was a bit of a petrol head, he loved fast cars. The only time we made a video with a car was when we were in L.A and with the help of a Hollywood cameraman and a Stranglers’ friend, Dave Stump, we drove around the city in a 1964 Ford Mustang. That was the video for ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’. It felt appropriate to use that west coast psychedelic feel of the music to convey the mystery of Dave.”

 

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Brilliant, a great tribute with knowing nods (Dead Loss Angeles) some lovely black humour running throughout. ‘This is where your solo would go’

  2. So moving, Mr Robb such a fan, he did great interview with JJ, he has got all Stranglers fans the most excited since the Hugh day’s with his comments on the new album, we will see, but I believe John and the new single is sublime, reflective Stranglers with their most heartfelt song ever, cant wait for the new album.

    • Matthew, It’s not always been easy being a Stranglers fan! they were never hip in the punk days and they sagged in the nineties. Norfolk Coast was like the reawakening but this new album…is fucking great. I’ve been playing it over and over – it’ss definitely as good as the classics and is my current favourite Stranglers album – there is a richness to the sound and an emotional side that adds to the eclectic mix – there are classic gnarly moments (with the classic bass sound!), great keyboard runs – Dave at his peak, songs that are like Bert Bacharach, prog wonk moments, salty sea stained Longships moments, Raven esque and Rattus moments but all very 20212 oh and great vocals and lyrics as well…

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