Roy Harper is something of an English music enigma, sure he could pick a mean guitar like his early ‘60s British folk contemporaries Bert Jansch, Davey Graham and Anne Briggs. However, a love of jazz, the beat poets, modern classical and earthy US blues and folk would always set him […read more…]
SKUNK ANANSIE 'Because Of You' [Release Date 14/09/2009]
C5 I 7" I 12": 5 million album sales, one of the most forthright, iconic, and confrontational female lead singers in modern musical history, a six-year back catalogue to make you quiver – Skunk Anansie are back. They return with their epic new single 'Because Of You', taken from their forthcoming 'Greatest Hits' record, 'Smashes and Trashes'. Following an eight-year hiatus, Skunk Anansie are re-born, revitalised and as confrontational as ever, fully armed with highly charged, brand new tracks, a blistering greatest hits record and a 21-date sold out European tour. Written and produced by Skunk Anansie – Skin [Lead Vocals], Cass [bass], Ace [Guitar] and Mark Richardson [Drums] 'Because Of You' is bursting with visceral energy. Kicking off with a sinister, nape prickling guitar riff, Skin's intense vocal, which has never sounded better climbs on top, the track then hits you with a powerful wall of sound, showcasing their raw power and guile. "No one's really sounded like us since we've been away," says Skin. "I think that people are ready for a bit of in-yer-face tuneful rock music again. I see us in competition with every band that's out there and I think we're better than we were before. If we didn't feel like that, it would be sad and pathetic." The 'Greatest Hits' record 'Smashes and Trashes' is a 15-track career-embracing album. It features classic moments from their first two Top Ten albums 'Paranoid & Sunburnt', 'Stoosh' and their 1999 album 'Post Orgasmic Chill'. From the rejoiceful 'Weak' to the anthemic 'Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)' it's a timeless record brimming with hits, which is translated into the here and now in the form of their three brand new tracks; 'Because Of You', 'Tear The Place Up' and 'Squander'.
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