Former Strangler returns to the South West
One of the original angry men of punk is gearing up for a return to the South West after a long absence. Hugh Cornwell, the former lead singer of The Stranglers, is back with a new album and a new UK tour that finishes with a concert at The Wharf in Tavistock on October 20th.
The concert will see Hugh Cornwell play two sets. The first will be his new album "Totem and Taboo" in its entirety. The second set will feature the songs from the Strangler's seminal 1977 album "No More Heroes".
"It is the first time in years that I will be in the South West. We will be performing "No More Heroes" as a three piece band with the keyboard taking care of the bass parts Jean Jacques Burnel (bass player in The Stranglers, ed.) used to play, so that should be interesting for fans of the album" Hugh Cornwell told thisisplymouth.
The Stranglers were hailed as a band who played what has been described as thinking man's punk, often due to Cornwell's lyrics. They were hailed as one of the instigators of punk rock in England with their first albums, Rattus Norvegicus and No More Heroes, both released in 1977.
Never happy to stay in just one groove, The Stranglers were willing to try their hand at anything from New Wave, Pop to Gothic Rock.
It is an approach that Hugh Cornwell has continued to apply to his music since the acrimonious split with The Stranglers in 1990.
"I hate staying in one place and I easily get bored, so I need to continuously challenge myself when recording new music," Hugh Cornwell said.
Challenges during the recording of "Totem and Taboo" were recording the album without overdubs, leading to a stripped down, live sound on the album, reminiscent of the sounds on the early Stranglers album, and working with famous producer Steve Albini, who has previously produced artists like Nirvana, Pixies and PJ Harvey.
"A guy like Steve Albini makes you perform at the top of your game, and I think that is the case with this record," Hugh Cornwell said.
Totem and Taboo will be released on September 10th.