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Levs Chat / Re: Shoppers Paradise ~ desired items for the shop
« Last post by vanishing.point on August 10, 2020, 06:43:55 PM »
We the Collective - Final Edition

based on the Deluxe Edition
but one CD for all songs
quasi the We the Collective - One For All Edition


bicycle bell - a round form is good for the sun logo or the rolling anarchy sign


pillowslip
at first for the sofa / bedding is another item
front and back good for different prints
Sun logo, rolling anarchy sign, LEV ELL ERS in square form, different album cover...
at least 40x40cm
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Levs Chat / Re: about the NEW ALBUM -PEACE-
« Last post by vanishing.point on August 10, 2020, 04:34:26 PM »
REVIEW
xsnoize.com, August 10, 2020 Michael Barron


For over three decades the Levellers has consistently given the public authentic, relevant, thought-provoking and feet tapping classics.  Unlike so many bands that were conceived in the late eighties and enjoyed chart success in the nineties their music and accompanying philosophical and politically charged lyrics are as poignant (if not more) now. With so many songs in their back catalogue and the ability to continuously reinterpret their tunes live; the Levellers could still be current and fresh throughout the 2020s without releasing a follow-up LP to their 2012 Static on the Airwaves LP.

Peace not only excites because it is the first collection of new songs in eight years; it also elates because this material earns its right to be counted amongst what is featured on Weapon called the Word (celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year) and the number one LP Zeitgeist (celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year). The only question left to ask is how and why Peace measures up.

Opening with Food Roof Family, the undying punk charged passion and power is immediately present. Whilst the fiddle section resembles 100 Years of Solitude; this is no formulaic cut and paste project as the urgency of Food Roof Family compels the listener to perspire nervous energy. The lyrics are sung by Mark Chadwick "Have you ever, ever stopped the voices that you ve never heard before? And won t we ever, ever stop. Won t we ever stop to learn?" adroitly tap into the current, chilling zeitgeist.

The energy rush continues with Generation Fear which sees keyboard player Matt Savage open with simple, but powerful and engaging static fused chords accompanied with hard rock guitars and palpitation raising strings and bass lines. This unique, no filler two and a half minute anthem not only induces serotonin but also succinctly broaches the issues of global warming and fake news.

The other powerful, potent, body moving and adrenaline rushing tracks from Peace include Our New Day, lead single Calling Out, The Men Who Would Be King and Albion & Phoenix where (for the exception of the last song where Simon and Mark duet) Simon is the lead vocalist. Our New Day is probably an accidental but perfect hybrid of live classic Dirty Davey and The Game. The call for action can be heard without being tedious or pretentious whilst being mindful of the post-Brexit climate as opposed to the social context leading up to the Criminal Justice Act or 9/11.

Lead single Calling Out sees Simon in the promo video as a modern-day Winston Smith waking up, getting ready to go to work and commuting to work has an unorthodox introduction from a Levellers perspective with an almost Blondie Atomic guitar haunt to it. Whilst like much of the material on this LP Calling Out is political; Simon, however, elevates his political awareness by tapping into the individual (as opposed to left-wing ideology) and how the individual is acquiesced to fit into the modern economy which is captured throughout the lyrics "When did my life become so boring? And was it old the night I turned into a slave?"

The Men Who Would Be King like Our New Day is around the two and a half minute mark but leans more into the intense punk rawness style of folk-punk band Ferocious Dog (who has previously supported the Levellers). The sense of urgency through the fiddle and the Levellers collective cacophony of sound builds up to the perfect crescendo finishing with sudden, unexpected static. Albion & Phoenix is about the early Brighton landmarks (a steep road/hill and a squat) which were influential in the bands formative years to an enchanting music backdrop of opening guitar riffs reminiscent to Sell Out building into a chorus with the uplifting riotous charge of Leave This Town.

As well as powerful punk-fuelled songs Peace also has a plethora of more sanguine (yet equally poignant) acoustic and folk led ballad tracks. Ghosts in the Water which Mark debuted at his acoustic solo gigs calling for spiritual introspection impresses with innovative and original musical arrangements that will leave one melancholy. Four Boys Lost has a lamenting, yet uplifting modern sea shanty vibe where Simon demonstrates himself as an evolving raconteur. The most innovative track is the playout Our Future with its prog, mystical and psychedelic opening with a Summer of Love set amidst the Levellers unique blend of folk and country arrangements with a prominent banjo.

The way the Levellers has promoted their music has changed dramatically. The Peace promotional videos sees the individual Levellers members transformed into Japanese kokeshi style decorated wooden dolls to introduce the tracks, their messages and inspirations to write them. This change is welcome as is the evolution of the sound across many of the tracks without losing the elements and characteristics that make the Levellers unique to their loyal fan base. As with each Levellers LP Jez provides outstanding artwork with colours similar to those used on the Zeitgeist LP in a style reminiscent to his King of All Time piece that featured on the What a Beautiful Day single. With honest, non-preaching social commentary and being a collective uplifting force for good; Peace is likely to become a lean and filler-free Levellers classic to existing and new listeners.

9/10
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Levs Chat / PEACE vs FOLKLORE
« Last post by vanishing.point on August 10, 2020, 12:19:34 PM »
+ Taylor Swift held rank 1 in week 2
 boosted accidentally by a physical release three days ahead of rest of world

just to add an extra bit of suspense to the topic

will
PEACE (week 1 sales)
pass
Folklore (week 4 sales)
?

tough!? ;) Folklore physical released with a bonus song
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Lev related Polls / PEACE - Favourite Song/s
« Last post by vanishing.point on August 10, 2020, 10:22:58 AM »
runs open end
up to 5 picks possible
all 7 bonus tracks inclusive
remove / change your vote is possible

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Lev related Polls / PEACE - Least Favourite Song/s
« Last post by vanishing.point on August 10, 2020, 10:02:02 AM »
runs open end
up to 2 picks possible
remove / change your vote is possible
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Levs Chat / Re: about the NEW ALBUM -PEACE-
« Last post by vanishing.point on August 09, 2020, 09:57:39 AM »
REVIEW

Brighton squat/folk/rock and Independent Punk royalty the Levellers saunter through a thick nineties smog to deliver their latest album, Peace. The opening track (and the albums first single)  Food Roof Family is a typically beautiful, lyrically powerful and subtle Levellers anthem. The chopping pre-chorus words, drum and fiddle morph into a fist-raising and spirit-shaking crescendo. Next up is the crunchy fax machine opening on the Skids-Esque Generation Fear while the second single Four Lost Boys grabs for hope and remembrance as a remote Scottish Island?s darkest night is laid bare.

The Levellers have never shied away from any subject no matter how raw, personal or sensitive and Peace is a release packed with such topics. Burning Hate Like Fire urges the listener to slow the wheels for a second, just for a moment, a moment of reflection while looking into your own personal mirror before. Born That Way marries a seventies Petty riff with that unmistakeable Leveller?s string work and Chadwick?s distinctive delivery. Our New Day kicks back against injustice with a bouncing backbone before the Calling Out intro whisks in The Cult?s Rain, U2 with a touch of a disgraced glam rocker prior to Levellers normality returning on this somewhat cliched ditty. The pace slows for the emotive Ghosts In The Water before two thrashing minutes of Folk-Punk on the bruising The Men Who Would Be King. The bands Brighton squat gets a nostalgic hug as Albion And Phoenix removes the lead from the roof prior to the forward-looking album closer Our Future. Peace is a chest patting, kiss blowing and reassuring Levellers listen.

8/10
OriginalRock.net
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Levs interviews / Interview with Jeremy - 28.07.2020, Backseatmafia
« Last post by vanishing.point on August 08, 2020, 09:30:20 AM »
BACKSEATMAFIA, Craig Young, July 28, 2020

We caught up with artist and bassist Jeremy Cunningham to find out how the guys are coping during the pandemic and all things Levellers and music.

1. Difficult times, how has this crisis affected you guys as a whole? All safe and well? Any message to your fans?

It?s effected us a lot, like everyone else! A whole years worth of live shows cancelled or postponed, including our own Beautiful Days festival. Heartbreaking stuff but gotta stay safe. We?ve all been ok, staying in touch with fans via social media, YouTube etc but it?s not the same as playing live! So our message to everyone is hang in there!

2. Have you been able to keep in touch with each other, or even do anything creative since we went into lockdown?

Yeah, we text each other etc and have band meetings on Zoom. I have been plenty creative, initially finishing the new Levs album artwork and checking through video edits. I am now doing a comic strip for the Levs Facebook, plus all the drawing I just do for my own amusement? Mark and Si have both been on YouTube playing and Jon is mixing some live recordings so I think we?re all keeping kinda productive.

3. After the 8-year gap of releasing new music, has your approach to song writing changed? How does a track develop within the band?

It has been a long time gestating! But the process is still the same. Mark and Si will either come in with the bones of a finished song or they?ll write one to my lyrics. Then we all just get stuck in arranging and playing it, changing stuff quite radically along the way sometimes. The big difference this time was that we did quick demos of everything along the way. But that?s partly why it took so long too cos we couldn?t decide if they were any good or not! Thankfully we got our heads around it all in the end.

4. Is being in a band still what you guys love? What keeps you guys creating after all these years? Has it got any easier? 

Yep, still love it! Now we are all pottering around our houses locked in like everyone else, doing ordinary things instead of the extraordinary adventure of being in a band? The noise we make has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, that is what keeps us creating together. Simple as that. It doesn?t get easier though because we don?t want to repeat ourselves. And we like to push ourselves as well. You can?t make good art without that.

5. What?s your favourite tracks to play? What songs are you looking forward to playing live when you get the chance?

I actually like playing everything! Of the new stuff we just recorded I am particularly looking forward to playing Four Boys Lost and Generation Fear.

6. How do you feel when looking back over your three and a bit decades? Do you feel like you have achieved what you set out to do? 

Time flies! I think looking back we wildly exceeded my expectations musically, in terms of success, it?s been crazy! But that is tempered with absolutely failing to change the world politically. We?re still working on that!

7. How has the music scene changed much over the years for you guys? Has the internet with such things as social media made it easier to be in a band?

It?s completely changed! When we started bands made their living from record sales. Playing live lost most groups money but was essential for promoting albums etc. Now it?s completely the opposite! All the money is in live shows. Electronic media has been a big factor in that change. It?s democratised music completely in that you don?t need big record labels to have a hit now. You can do it all yourself, from recording to promo. I?m all for DIY! Levs are completely independent. But there are downsides too. E-communication is so quick, people?s attention span has shortened accordingly. So even though it?s easier than ever now to make a record, it?s much harder to keep your audience interested. But the music biz has always been full of ups and downs!

8. Are there any bands past or present you would love to have played with or even been part of?

We were lucky enough to have Joe Strummer play on one of our records so that was a dream come true! As was supporting Neil Young multiple times. I?d have loved to have played bass with RDF (Radical Dance Faction) for a gig or two back in the day but usually I?m happy enough in the crowd at other guys gigs!

9. Difficult to talk about future plans, but what does the future look like post lockdown for the band?

Live shows man! When social distancing is over it?s all about getting back on stage for us. Can?t wait!

10. What music are you digging right now? Any particular artists you would love to see make it?

I?ve been listening to a lot of Kano recently. Specially Made In The Manor. And Phoebe Bridgers/Boy Genius. Been playing a lot of old Libertines stuff too. A great band I?d like to see really make it (though they have three albums out and do well on the underground) is Wolfpeople. They?re an awesome psychedelic folk rock. They should be massive!

11. Can you give us a top three album list that everyone should have in their collection?

London Calling - The Clash. It takes a nation of millions to hold us back - Public Enemy. Decade - Neil Young 

Huge thanks to Jeremy for taking the time out to answer our questions.
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Levs Chat / Making Of The Album Artwork and Interview bit
« Last post by vanishing.point on August 08, 2020, 09:09:09 AM »
Making Of The Album Artwork
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0QPyH_XFlg

finish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLGf3EQzmHU


exerpt from a interview with Jeremy for the PEACE bit - BACKSEATMAFIA, July 28, 2020
What`s your favourite tracks to play? What songs are you looking forward to playing live when you get the chance?

I actually like playing everything! Of the new stuff we just recorded I am particularly looking forward to playing Four Boys Lost and Generation Fear.
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August 7 releases
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LIMBO
AMINE
      
I SLEPT ON THE FLOOR
ANOTHER SKY
      
THE ONE
ARCTIC RAIN
      
HUNTER GATHERER
AVATAR
      
HAPPINESS (SPECIAL EDITION)
BELOVED
      
BILLY NOMATES
BILLY NOMATES
      
THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION [VINYL]
BLACK SABBATH
      
45TH ANNIVERSARY - LIVE IN LONDON
BLUE OYSTER CULT
      
MAP OF THE SOUL 7: THE JOURNEY
BTS
      
SPIDER ON THE WALL
CLAN OF XYMOX
      
BLAME IT ON BABY (DELUXE)
DABABY
      
WHOOSH!
DEEP PURPLE
      
FREAKSHOW
DUKES OF THE ORIENT
      
BRUTAL YOUTH [VINYL]
ELVIS COSTELLO
      
BLOOD HARMONY (DELUXE)
FINNEAS
      
1984
GASHI
      
DREAMLAND
GLASS ANIMALS
      
MY ZULU
HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR & TODDY TERRY
      
EIGHT GATES
JASON MOLINA
      
CLOUDY [EP]
JOAN
      
A NEW DAY NOW (20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
JOE BONAMASSA
      
MAGIC IS ALIVE
LIONVILLE
      
BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE
LUKE BRYAN
      
ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS [VINYL]
NEIL DIAMOND
      
GOLD
NEIL SEDAKA
      
ELGAR
NICOLA BENEDETTI
      
GENERATION ANTICHRIST
ONSLAUGHT
      
CASINO ROYALE [VINYL]
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
      
GUIDING LIGHT
PAUL VAN DYK
      
BOSSANOVA [VINYL]
PIXIES
      
20-SOMETHING [EP]
SOMEBODY'S CHILD
      
PINK ELEPHANT
STAND ATLANTIC
      
AT SIXES AND SEVENS [EP]
TIANA MAJOR9
      
JAGUAR
VICTORIA MONET

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Levs Chat / about -PEACE- Albion & Phoenix (Art Music Video)
« Last post by vanishing.point on August 01, 2020, 01:03:48 PM »

the grand finale of the official video countdown
ALBION & PHEONIX

artistic eye candy -  my favourite (still in mute mode)
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