James Stevenson releases EP
James is releasing an EP/CD from his forthcoming album. It will be available at The Gathering (The Alarm's weekend event 25–27 January) and then via Paypal through his jamesstevenson.info site from 27 Jan 2013 - order now. The three track sampler is entitled The Shape Of Things To Come. Tracks are Suzi's Problem, Naturally Wired and Been A Long Time Now. These feature contributions from Glen Matlock, Pete Rizzo, Craig Adams, Chris Bell and Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet! Available via Paypal firstname.lastname@example.org – Uk £5 inc p+p, Europe £6 inc p+p, Rest of the world £7 inc p+p
21 January 2013
International Swingers news
The International Swingers will be recording new songs in February, preceeded by a few concerts in California (See 'Forthcoming Shows'). Further information can be found at the band's website, www.TheInternationalSwingers.com.
21 January 2013
James Stevenson update
James's side project, The International Swingers, have released a four-track EP. The song Honey's Room is a Stevenson/Twinn collaboration. Along with two other Gary Twinn originals, Sweet Sweet Love and Out Of Control, plus a cover of The Easybeats' 60s hit Friday On My Mind, the CD will be available from their Facebook page and forthcoming website. In the meantime, James's solo album is currently being mixed by Peter Walsh, who also produced GLJ's The House Of Dolls, Heavenly Bodies and VII. The album is enhanced with a range of guest musicians including Peter Rizzo and Chris Bell. Others include his Alarm bandmates Craig Adams and Mark Taylor, along with Glen Matlock, Steve Norman, Geoff Dugmore, Barriemore Barlow, Maggi Ronson, Tracie Hunter and Elizabeth Westwood. James will be touring the UK with The Alarm next February/March and you can find the list of dates over at The Alarm's website.
22 October 2012
James Stevenson records debut solo album
After being involved in many bands over the years, James is set to release his own album in the near future. He has recently been in the studio to finish recording material for the album, which is tentatively called Everything Is Getting Closer To Being Over. There is no scheduled release date as yet, but we'll have more details soon.
26 September 2012
New interview with James Stevenson
There is a recent interview with James Stevenson on In The Poppy Fields, a blog revolving around The Alarm. Read it here.
8 May 2012
Gene Loves Jezebel headlined Whitby
Headlining Saturday night at the Whitby Goth Weekend, the band played over an hour of timeless songs, taking examples from each of their seven studio albums, to their usual accomplished standard. It's not often enough that they reconvene for a show, yet they emerged with a presence that underlines their experience and professionalism. Javier Weyler, standing in for Robert Adams, brought his own flair, integrating seamlessly with Peter's fluent dancing basslines, as James's guitar stabbed and slithered with his usual dexterity. Jay sings with a strident and renewed confidence, gaining power from a cigarette-free and alcohol-free lifestyle. The goth weekend's audience was a varied, colourful and eclectic one, and therefore befitting this rejuvenated band.
1 May 2012
Ugly Buggs triumph at Whitby
Ugly Buggs, looking like the new twins on the block, made their mesmerising debut at Whitby on Friday. The 40 minute set was an enlivening artful performance that brought their natural showmanship to the fore. Jay's vocals soared and swooped with a range even his unique style had not seen before, utilising his full range from haunting low to high scream, whilst Peter Bugg's guitar embellished the backing tracks throughout. These in turn, were not a flat backdrop imitating the album, but had a live and textured mix. Every song shone, and Twist The Knife was a grand immersion into their world of heartfelt pain. This was no half-hearted trial run in front of a few to see how it goes, but a majestic and passionate statement of intent. The auspicious event delighted an audience of 21st century Romantics that attended this April's goth festival.
1 May 2012
Beggars Banquet have just put much of their video archive onto YouTube, and here's one going back thirty years to an early incarnation of the band.