Wednesday, 1 October 2014

REWIND: Levellers - 'Belaruse'

Levellers week continues on RW/FF with this mighty cut from their self-titled third album, which was released in 1993, landing at number 2 in the album charts. Feeling overworked from excessive touring and certainly not at their most inspired, recording the third record was never going to be plain sailing for the Levellers. Bassist Jeremy Cunningham had become addicted to heroin, and the group were exhausted from excessive touring, as well as the partying that went with it. The five friends were beginning to drift apart, and creativity was at a low, since the band were suffering from writer's block. The result was the inconsistent but powerfully dark self-titled album, which reflected the gloomy atmosphere that surrounded them. Despite one or two under-par tracks, the LP is a piece of work that is overlooked too often, even by the group themselves. The crushing hard rock riffs, piercing fiddle and furious chorus of the excellent 'Belaruse' create a sound that's the closest the Levellers get to metal. This song reached number 12 in the UK charts when it was released as a single in July 1993.


This song can be found found on the new 'Greatest Hits' album, which is available as a 2CD/DVD package, and a 149 track digital box set. Buy yours HEREIn 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


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