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Thursday 09 December 2021

The Stranglers Play Brighton Dome On The Back Of The Release Of Latest Album Dark Matters

The Stranglers released their new album, Dark Matters, back in September and are finally touring the UK with a show at Brighton Dome, on 17th February 2022.
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The first single from the album was, And If You Should See Dave…; an honest tribute to their much-missed keyboard player Dave Greenfield, who tragically passed away a year ago from Covid-19, and who features on many of the tracks recorded for the album.
 
"A year ago, my great friend and colleague of 45 years, Dave Greenfield, passed away, another victim of the pandemic." says JJ Burnel.
 
"We had already recorded most of the album with him and during the lockdowns our only wish was to complete it as a fitting tribute to his life and work.


"I consider this to be one of our finest recordings."
 
Surviving Stranglers band members, JJ Burnel and Baz Warne completed Dark Matters remotely during lockdowns, making it their first album since 2012. 

Adding to it a fitting tribute in And If You Should See Dave… - a contemplative but uplifting dose of sixties sunshine-drenched rock.
 
Greenfield himself features on 8 of the 11 tracks, which were made over the course of two years at the band's studios in the rural idylls of Somerset, and in Southern France, produced by long-time collaborator Louie Nicastro.
 
A key member of The Stranglers for 45 years, Dave was a highly acclaimed keyboardist whose unique approach and instantly identifiable playing style massively contributed to the group"s inimitable sound.  

His contributions set the band apart from their peers and his skills are imprinted across Dark Matters.

First formed in 1974, The Stranglers no bull***t attitude was embraced by the punk movement of the late 70s.  

With their first three albums (Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black and White) being released within an astonishing 13 months of each other, scoring hit singles with Peaches, No More Heroes and Walk On By. 

The Stranglers at Brighton Dome on 17th February 2022. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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