Tuesday 26 October 2021

The Damned - Keep 'em Alive

Punk legends THE DAMNED did release thier “The Rockfield Files” EP last year and it has been lying around waiting to be publish, dunno why I waited so long but here it is.

Back in 1980 and 1981, The band had gone to Rockfield Studios, located in a small village in Monmouthshire, southeast Wales, for a series of sessions that eventually led to the release of some of their career-best music, such as “The Black Album”, “Friday 13th” EP, and Strawberries.

In 2019, THE DAMNED returned to Rockfield studios to record their followup material to 2018’s "Evil Spirits" album.

During the recording of the Rockfield Files EP, THE DAMNED’s lineup included three out of the four members that were at the original Strawberries-era sessions: David Vanian, Captain Sensible, and Paul Gray. There was also Monty Oxymoron on keyboards and Pinch on drums. Unbeknown to the band, however, this was to be the last recording with the longtime drummer Pinch, who departed after The Damned’s legendary Night of 1000 vampires concert at The London Palladium last Halloween, where Dave Vanian dressed up as Nosferatu and led a cover of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”.

For the first time, Tom Dalgety (ROYAL BLOOD, RAMMSTEIN, GHOST) took over the producer duties for the EP. He also mixed the tracks at his studio in Bath.

The EP will be available in black and psychedelic swirl limited-edition vinyl. “The Rockfield Files” EP was released on October 16, 2020 via Search And Destroy/Spinefarm.

Today's tune “Keep ‘Em Alive”, a track featured on “The Rockfield Files” EP, with an accompanying music video shot from the perspective of a bee going about its business. “Bees are essential for pollinating crops, and in turn, human survival; 17 species are reportedly endangered in the U.K. — keep ’em alive!” Enjoy!

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