Beat The Drum are back with an addictive take on The Stranglers’ 1977 hit ‘No More Heroes’. The vivid familiarity of the original is brought forth with raw alternative nostalgia. Gritty guitars and sprinklings of electronic flourish balance homage with reinvigoration. Accenting moments with a Beat The Drum staple—sleek brass injections—allows them to steady the …

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The Stranglers have played a venue in Glasgow every time they toured the UK. That means, for the past 45 years, it has been a main stay for the band and there’s a reason for that, if you can make it in Glasgow, you can make it anywhere! It’s a tough nut to crack but …

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It was supposed to be a glorious way to bow out, but legendary men in black The Stranglers have had to put back their tour until early 2022. After losing keyboard player Dave Greenfield last May, the band had vowed to complete their final tour which was due to happen in March. Due to the …

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As is the way these COVID days, another tour has bitten the dust this year, with legendary punks The Stranglers moving their UK Tour, dubbed The Final Full UK Tour to spring next year. The band have dedicated the tour to late keyboard player Dave Greenfield, who sadly died in March due to complications from …

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Dave Greenfield was keyboard player in The Stranglers, frontrunners in the Punk movement. In a genre where lack of musicality was sometimes seen as a badge of honour, his virtuosity stood out from the very beginning, giving the band a sound that set them apart from their contemporaries. Often compared to Ray Manzarek from The …

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I don’t really know how to begin. I’ve been seeing The Stranglers live for nearly forty years. There is no band that I have seen more times than this one. I’ve seen The Stranglers be brilliant, and I have seen The Stranglers when they appear to have lost their collective way and fall short of …

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Its early 1978 and I’m standing in the horrible brutalist Ryemarket Shopping Centre in Stourbridge, a copy of ‘Sounds’ in my hands (well all over my hands such was the nature of ink in those days) and the proceeds of my paper round in my pocket. I was thirteen and was deep in the thrall …

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The Stranglers Spring Tour has become something of an institution over the last few years. Successive outings have seen the band play to fuller and larger venues, as the they take their unique blend of intelligent, aggressive and down-to-earth sound around Britain. Sometimes the band have a new album to showcase, something an anniversary to …

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There are only a few days to go before The Stranglers embark on another tour. It does not seem long since the band completed its extensive and very successful UK tour back in the Spring, which left me with the impression that they are enjoying playing live more than ever. If this is the case they are …

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It’s been a particularly full on build up to this year’s Stranglers tour, and I don’t think I’ve missed one since the 1980s. I achieved a lifetime ambition to interview bassist JJ Burnel, and also read a newly published book on the band, by long-time fan Phil Knight. The book, Strangled: Identity, Status, Structure and the …

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