THE SELECTER soon to announce 2nd leg dates of USA 'Non-Stop Pressure Tour 2013'. It will take place from Sept 13th- 22nd & include USA/Canada.
THE SELECTER play premier USA COACHELLA FESTIVAL on Apr 13th & 20th IN INDIO,CA
First USA Selecter tour for a decade is happening April 13th -April 22nd 2013
Watch out for 20 date UK 'String Theory Tour 2013'
with special guests, premiere Bristol reggae band 'Talisman',
Artwork: John"Teflon" Sims ©
It's been 2 years since pop/ska/2-tone legends The Selecter reunited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their best-selling album 'Too Much Pressure', which featured the classic hits 'On My Radio', 'Missing Words', 'Three Minute Hero' & 'The Whisper'. During that time, the band continued touring in UK & Europe, re-building thier fanbase and garnering excellent reviews. Not content just to rest on their heritage status, they wanted to say something about current times.
The 2-Tone ethos, so strong in their past, was pushed further in the recording studio encompassing a new theme- multiculturalism- on their critically acclaimed album 'Made In Britain, released in 2012 and the guiding spirit of their 20 date March 2012 tour. An immediate re-connection with their core audience was made and enjoyed. The Selecter played not only to the 2-Tone faithful, but new fans coming on board for the first time, eager to embrace this new inclusive spin on 2-Tone ideas
In November 2012, The Selecter went international with their first tour of Australia. Fresh from their anitpodean exploits, their 20 date 'String Theory UK Tour' in March 2013 promises to consolidate their hsrd work and fresh-thinking, connecting their past, present and future, before they head off to America the following month for major festival appearance.
The tour will be supported by a new studio album, 'String Theory', a collection of 10 new songs, all of which connect with their past while saying something about today.
Recording began on String Theory immediately in the aftermath of their 'Made In Britain Tour 2012', with Producer/engineer Neil Pyzer once again at the helm. Many of the new songs beg to be played live and will get an outing on the 'String Theory Tour 2013', alongside the band's classic back catalogue. S'tring Theory' is due for release in Feb 2013 on Vocaphone Records.
String Theory will be available via iTunes, Amazon & Cd Baby.com, but most importantly at their shows, where lead singers Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson are always proud to get out in the foyer, both beofre and after the show, to meet their fans, sell their album, discuss the direction of their music and most importantly seek to connect with those who have supported them through many turbulent musical years. Fans are often surprised to see such 'hands on' action from a band with such a long legacy, but they believe that it is the only way to follow the invisible string that links their ideas and work.
The Selecter are both tied to and very proud of thier past, to the acknowldegement of 2-Tone and all that it meant to their fans, but they continue to look forward into an unknown future, safe in the knowledge that a common thread runs through their work, which will never be severed. How long is a piece of a string? As far as The Selecter needs to carry on the discussion about our changing world in which racism and sexism should have no place
2012THE SELECTER AUSTRALIAN TOUR NOV 24TH DEC 1ST 2012
The Selecter are proud to announce their first ever tour of Australia. Tickets on sale @ www.metropolistouring.com
The Selecter confirms headline tour dates in 2012
"Made in Britain is an album that would sit comfortably next to The Selecter's 1980 debut "Too Much Pressure"
‘MADE IN BRITAIN’ UK TOUR 2012
Seminal 2-tone band The Selecter® have announced an extensive UK tour to celebrate the release of their critically acclaimed 2011 album, Made In Britain. Touring throughout March 2012, this most vital and visceral of British bands will bring their infectious musical message of multiculturalism and hope to towns and cities up and down the country.
The Selecter pioneered the ska revival movement alongside labelmates, The Specials & Madness, and were responsible for some of the scene’s classic hits, including On My Radio, Three Minute Hero, Missing Words & Too Much Pressure.
The Selecter’s iconic frontwoman Pauline Black is reverently referred to as the First Rudegirl of Ska – and with good reason, with Rolling Stone Magazine declaring, "Hands down, Pauline Black possessed the best voice that ever graced a 2-Tone release" and Gwen Stefani citing her as one of her formative influences.
In 2010, Black reunited with the band’s co-singer, the brilliantly charismatic Gaps Hendrickson known for his incisive toasting on the mic, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their classic Too Much Pressure. Since then, this refreshed and revitalised line-up have been the recipients of a wave of critical and popular acclaim for both their brilliant 2011 album, Made In Britain, and their incendiary live performances.
Made In Britain explores the multicultural landscape of today's Britain & beyond. Mixing ska, pop and reggae in their inimitable style, it reflects the social and political issues confronting Britain’s new multicultural society in 2011. Just as they gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide in Thatcher’s recessionary Britain thirty years ago, The Selecter have returned to a 21st Century British landscape with an unnerving number of parallels to those dark times.
The 2-tone legacy continues because the idea of multiculturalism began when black and white youth, who had grown up in Britain decided to get together and make music that reflected their particular world. Made In Britain seeks to continue that conversation and carry their "Multiculturalism rules!" message forward to a new generation.
The Selecter "Made In Britain" UK Tour
Thu 1st Sub 89 Reading 08444771 000
Fri 2nd Bogiez Cardiff 0871 220 0260
Sat 3rd Bristol The Fleece 0117 929 9008
Thu 8th The Assembly Leamington Spa 0844854 1358
Fri 9th Citrus Club Edinburgh 0131 220 6227
Sat 10th Reading Rooms Dundee 01382 228 496
Sun 11thÒran Mór Glasgow 08444 771 000
Thu 15th Guildhall Gloucester 01452 503 050
Fri 16th Rock City Nottingham 0845 413 4444
Sat 17th 229 London 08444 771 000
Sun 18th The Garage Swansea 0871 220 0260
Thu 22nd The Brook Southampton 023 8055 5366
Fri 23rd Brudenel Social Club Leeds 08444 771 000
Sun 25th Concorde 2 Brighton 01273 673 311
Thu 29th Phoenix Exeter 01392 667 080
Fri 30th Robin 2 Wolverhampton 01902 401 211
Sat 31st Erics Liverpool 08444 771 000
Tickets also available via www.midnightmango.co.uk
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BRAND NEW DOUBLE A SIDE CHRISTMAS SINGLE RELEASED ON DOWNLOAD DEC 1ST 2012
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THE SELECTER 2011
SKA HEROES THE SELECTER IN 2011The Selecter was once described as “conspiring to make dancing the only way to walk”. 31 years later, those words still hold true.
'MADE IN BRITAIN' is the brand new album from seminal 2-tone band The Selecter, who pioneered the ska revival movement alongside 2-tone labelmates, The Specials & Madness in 1979.
This album mixes ska, pop ®gae in their inimitable style to reflect the social & political issues confronting Britain's new multicultural society in the 2nd decade of this new millenium. Just as they gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide in Thatcher's recessionary Britain 30 years ago, The Selecter returns to those seemingly insoluble questions of racism and social division that still pervade today's British landscape and in much of Europe, as evidenced by the recent tragic events in Norway.
The 2-Tone legacy continues undiminished, because the idea of multiculturalism began when black & white youth, who had grown up in Birtain decided to get together & make music that reflected their particular world. 'Made In Britain' seeks to continue those ideas & that conversation and carry that unity message forward to a new generation. Multiculturalism rules!
The Independent-Review for 'Reggae Britannia@ The Barbican-Feb 7th 2011:'Multiculturalism rules', The Selecter's Pauline Black says pointedly, hours after David Cameron has declared it dead. No-one else gives the Prime Minister's comment house-room during this exhilarating..celebration of reggae in Britain. Look around at the delighted one-time skinheads and rude boys dancing to the heroes that unite them and the idea seems the product of a fevered brain'
MADE IN BRITAIN TRACKLISTING
Big In The Body-Small In The Mind
Fuck Art Let's Dance
Back To Black
Think About That
The Time Of Our Lives
My Good Bad-Minded Friend
Banging On A Big Drum
They Make Me Mad
The album is released on September 4th 2011 on Vocaphone Records
NEW SELECTER 2nd SINGLE COMING JULY 31st 2011
'BACK TO BLACK'
THE SELECTER PRESS RELEASE JULY 25TH 2011
THE SELECTER HALT DOWNLOAD RELEASE OF BACK TO BLACK COVER TRIBUTE TO AMY WINEHOUSE THAT TRAGICALLY COINCIDED WITH THE SINGER’S UNTIMELY DEATH
The flip-side of The Selecter’s limited edition double A-side 7” vinyl, “Back To Black”, released on Saturday July 23, was recorded months ago as a tribute to Amy Winehouse’s interest in 2-tone and as a thank you to the singer for helping to put ska back in the public eye. Pauline Black and The Selecter are shocked and saddened that this so suddenly and so tragically coincided with her untimely death.
In respect and homage to her memory, The Selecter will not be releasing the download version of Back To Black, which was initially due for release on July 31.
The other A-side, Big In The Body - Small In The Mind, also turned out to be eerily prescient. A thorough re-working of Woody Guthrie’s All You Fascists Bound To Lose, it sets the Selecter agenda, which notes that racism is still on the rise and on the rise in Europe - a statement sadly vindicated by the horrific events in Norway at the weekend.
Pauline Black and The Selecter’s thoughts go out to the family and friends of Amy Winehouse and those murdered in Norway. Sometimes it’s not good to be in tune with the zeitgeist.
BIG IN THE BODY-SMALL IN THE MIND
RELEASED MAY 30TH 2011
“Big In The Body- Small In The Mind” is the first single taken from the album. It is a slice of The Selecter doing what they do best, mixing a ska/rocksteady beat with a pop sensibility, coupled with some acute social observations on the state of the world right now. An homage to Woody Guthrie and a rallying call to all those fans who still feel that 2-Tone bands should be musically confronting the ugly face of racism, represented worldwide by odious organizations like EDL,BNP, KKK, Forza Nuova, Tea Party etc. The Selecter is proud to embrace the idea of multiculturalism. Many of the organizations just mentioned and seemingly the British ‘ConDem’ Government want to stamp it out. We believe multiculturalism is worth fighting for – and not only that, in the words of the song - all you fascists bound to lose!
Pauline Black's Autobiography "Black By Design" published Aug 4th 2011
**Pauline Black's autobiography "Black By Design" will be published by Serpent's Tail on Aug 4th 2011**
Pauline Black @ The Barbican Centre, 5th Feb 2011
Pauline Black was part of an all star cast that celebrated the influence of Reggae on the UK's music and culture in a live concert @ The Barbican in London, which coincided with BBC 4 TV's 'Reggae Britannia' documentary season on Feb 11th 2011.