Four decades on, their sound remains distinctive.They were the only punks around who could actually play their instruments. Their 1977 mega-hit No More Heroes. The snarling vocals chugging rhythms are there, but there is real melody and songcraft -a punk rarity- and Dave Greenfield's keyboard is nothing short of virtuosic.
Outside punk-squaddy circles, The Stranglers are best known for Golden Brown, their beguiling 1981 paean to opiates. Three decades on, its allure endures. Hugh Cornwell’s vague lyrics paint a torpid dreamworld, strangely embroidered by the waltz of a Tudor-sounding harpsichord.
But their feirsome back catalogue extends far beyond this hit single. Since their debut record Rattus Norvegicus in 1977, the band have produced a further 16 albums, with consistent critical success.
Their latest effort, 2012’s The Giants proved that the band still have what it takes to make a great record. The bass and keys heavy opening track Another Camden Afternoon buoyed by a a whinnying guitar is an atmospheric opening for an album brimming with a punk statesmanship. On songs like Boom Boom, with its straight-talking vocals, or Mercury Rising, where a synthesiser duels a freewheeling guitar over a deceptively simple drumbeat, the sound is of a band both in touch with their roots and alive to the fact that it is actually year the 2014.
There’s a reason The Stranglers have far outlasted their 80s contemporaries. Let these grandees of punk-rock show you how it’s done.
|What||The Stranglers, Roundhouse|
|Where||Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Chalk Farm (underground)|
On 06 Mar 15, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via ticketmaster.|