UK punk progenitors The Stranglers are set to release a new studio album, Dark Matters, on September 10th, 2021 via the band’s own Coursegood imprint, distributed by BFD (Bob Frank Distribution)/The Orchard in North America. Dark Matters is the band’s first new album in nearly a decade. The first single from the album “And If You Should See Dave…” has just been released and is a tribute to the band’s late keyboard player, Dave Greenfield, who tragically passed away from covid in May, 2020.
A key member of The Stranglers for 45 years, Dave Greenfield was a highly-acclaimed keyboardist whose unique approach and instantly identifiable playing style contributed to the group’s inimitable sound. Greenfield plays on 8 of the 11 tracks of Dark Matters, which were completed remotely during covid lockdown by surviving band members, JJ Burnel and Baz Warne. The tracks on Dark Matters were made over the course of two years at the band’s studios in the rural idylls of Somerset, England, and in Southern France, produced by long-time collaborator Louie Nicastro. Dark Matters will be available as a physical CD, digital album and vinyl.
First formed in 1974, The Stranglers’ no bullshit attitude was embraced by the punk movement of the late 70s. Their musicianship and menace, however, transcended the genre, creating a unique sound. The band’s first three albums (Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black And White
) were released within an astonishing 13 months of each other, and scored hit singles with “Peaches”, “No More Heroes” and “Walk On By”. Further success was to follow with “Always The Sun”, “Strange Little Girl” and the mercurial “Golden Brown”, amongst many others, earning the group 24 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 40 albums in the UK and chart positions worldwide with a career spanning six decades.