Throughout this week, RW/FF is celebrating the music and career of Brighton folk punk legends the Levellers. An epic article is being published throughout the week, where I talk exclusively to frontman Mark Chadwick about the past, present and future of the band, as well as their new Greatest Hits compilation which was released today (September 29). Many of their most negative critics have reassessed their opinions of the Levellers, and over 25 years since their formation, the group continue to win new fans. But they still aren't up where they should be: regarded as one of the most brilliant bands of all time. If you're completely new to the band or a lifelong devotee, the next seven days will either be very educational or a wonderful trip down memory lane. Beginning this week of 'Rewind' posts dedicated to the Levs is a version of a classic track which originally appeared on the band's very first EP, released in 1989 on the band's own Hag Records. The majorly infectious 'Carry Me' was re-recorded a number of times over the years, the definitive, fuller bodied version from 1998 being the one deservedly picked for inclusion on the Greatest Hits. A fine example of the spirit that has kept them together for so long, it's a most addictive singalong that stands as the perfect embodiment of comradeship.
The 'Greatest Hits' album is available as a 2CD/DVD package, and a 149 track digital box set. Buy yours HERE. In support of the album, the band will embark on a UK tour with support from the brilliant She Makes War, and ska legends The Selector.
NOV 11 Nottingham Rock City
NOV 12 Bristol o2 Academy
NOV 13 London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire
NOV 14 Birmingham o2 Academy o2 Academy
NOV 15 Norwich UEA
NOV 16 Portsmouth Guildhall
NOV 18 Wrexham William Aston Hall
NOV 19 Newcastle o2 Academy
NOV 20 Sheffield o2 Academy
NOV 21 Glasgow o2 ABC
NOV 22 Manchester Academy