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New York, NY
– With their music still wildly popular and logging
in thousands of concerts, THE ENGLISH BEAT have
been steadily building and maintaining a massive fanbase that they
have nurtured with classic tunes for three decades… And now,
singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Wakeling has been
writing and composing new music and is getting ready to release
a new album in the near future. But before he and his band can do
that, they're inviting fans to be a part of this long-awaited journey.
Today, June 12, 2014, The English Beat will be
unveiling a PledgeMusic campaign to allow
fans to pre-order the album early and be a part of the creation
of it. Featuring over a dozen different exclusives with some limited
edition packages, the PledgeMusic campaign will be the
homestretch in preparation for the next English Beat album.
"I am thrilled
about our new PledgeMusic campaign, because I have always
enjoyed interacting with the band's fans," says Wakeling. "This
is an opportunity for even more connection and fun. Power to the
Among the exclusives
are autographed CDs and LPs, T-shirts, handwritten lyrics, inclusion
on the upcoming album's CD booklet, a private jam session with Dave
on the guitar, and even a studio visit while the band is recording
and singing on the chorus of one of the songs. For $1500, fans can
travel with the band to two consecutive US shows on the tour bus.
To view the campaign, visit www.pledgemusic.com/theenglishbeat.
Preparing for another
round of tour dates, The English Beat will be kicking off tomorrow
in Athens, GA on June 13 and not settling down till the end of the
year (dates below).
Frontman Dave Wakeling
recently did an interview with touring industry tome Pollstar,
discussing his career as a touring artist and what it's like performing
perennial hits like "Save It For Later",
"Mirror In the Bathroom" and "Twist
and Crawl" to over 150 crowds year after year. Hinting
at new music that looms on the horizon, he's been gauging reactions
to his new songs on live audiences and friends. "This is a
very exciting time for me," he explains. "I've worked
a few years to get to this point… re-develop a live market
and test to see if anybody wanted to hear any new songs. And then
it got to a point where we could pack a show in most cities in America."
About the new music, he continues, "[We've been] busy writing
songs…we picked the first 10 to start recording for the album.
I played them for some friends at radio stations and they feel we're
in the right direction." Read the full Q&A here: http://bit.ly/1lVzS3W.
"a singer-songwriter as savagely witty as Elvis Costello"
by Rolling Stone, Wakeling has been at the
forefront of Ska's Second Wave which propelled peers like The Specials,
Madness and The Selector throughout the 80s into the 90s and continues
today. "The Beat are one of the most underrated bands
of all time," wrote respected writing legend Simon
Price for The Quietus, "and
Dave Wakeling ought to be spoken of in the same breath as Weller
and Strummer in the post-punk pantheon of heroes."
The English Beat's irresistible
blend of Pop, Soul, Ska and Punk made them one of the undeniable
breakout stars throughout the last three decades and have had their
music covered by such musical luminaries as Elvis Costello,
Pete Townshend, and Eddie Vedder, among
many others. Compared to other UK Ska acts who found fame in the
80s, Paste Magazine called them "the
most ambitious" and The Wall Street Journal
said "the English Beat had the best chops."
Originally breaking up in the late 80s, Wakeling formed General
Public who continued their mainstream takeover with massive
international singles like "Tenderness",
"Never You Done That", "Hot
You're Cool" and a cover of Staple Singers' "I'll
Take You There." Proving Wakeling's undeniable songwriting
as well has his longevity in the industry, national retail chain
Target featured "Tenderness"
in a TV commercial campaign and Hanna Barbera's
wildly popular cartoon Scooby Doo featured
the band's music in a recent episode.
No title or official
release date for The English Beat's new album has been announced.
Official details will be announced soon.
PledgeMusic is the world's leading online, direct-to-fan
music platform, offering artists a unique way to engage their fans
in the music making experience whilst interacting with PledgeMusic's
global community of music fans. Since its inception in 2009, PledgeMusic
has worked with artists and labels to deliver high impact campaigns
that provide exclusive engagement, incentives and content for music
fans as well as new commercial benefits and revenue streams for
artists and music labels.
platform has generated chart topping albums worldwide. Successful
campaigns have included Slash, The Libertines, Bring Me The Horizon,
Ginger Wildheart, Ben Folds Five, Killing Joke, Emmy The Great and
Rachel Yamagata amongst others. www.pledgemusic.com
13 The Melting Point Athens, GA
Jun 14 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
Jun 15 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA
Jun 18 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
Jun 19 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH
Jun 20 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction, VT
Jun 21 Manchester 65 West Warwick, RI
Jun 22 Prince Music Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Jun 25 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME
Jun 26 Johnny D’s Boston, MA
Jun 27 Stephen Talkhouse Amagansett, NY
Jun 28 City Winery New York, NY
Jun 29 City Winery New York, NY
Jul 02 City Winery Chicago, IL
Jul 03 City Winery Chicago, IL
Jul 07 Duck Room St. Louis, MO
Jul 13 Orange County Fair Costa Mesa, CA
Jul 17 Live 105’s Block Party San Jose, CA
Jul 18 City Winery Napa Napa, CA
19 City Winery Napa Napa, CA
Jul 22 Jenks Club Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Jul 23 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ
Jul 25 Stephen Talkhouse Amangansett, NY
Aug 01 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Aug 02 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Aug 08 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Aug 09 Pershing Square (FREE SHOW) Los Angeles, CA
Aug 13 Triple Door Seattle, WA
Aug 14 Triple Door Seattle, WA
Aug 15 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
Aug 23 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Denver, CO
Aug 31 ‘80s Rewind Fest Lincoln, CA
Sep 07 The Magic Bag Ferndale, MI
Sep 12 Bottle & Cork Dewey Beach, DE
Sep 26 Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA
Oct 09 Lake Perris Community Fair Perris, CA
Dec 31 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA