By Neville & Sugary Staple
RELEASE: 28 September 2018
Ska royalty Neville & Sugary Staple announce forthcoming 'Rude Rebels' album
Rebel Down feat. Roddy Radiation https://youtu.be/8iR4gCp24-E
Original Rudegirl Sound https://youtu.be/LkacQzNWtFU
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"Always the life of the party, Neville and Sugary Staple once again show that fun and excellence indeed can go hand in hand. Pure pleasure of listening from beginning to end and a vibrant sight to see. Ska doesn't get any better than this" – Big Takeover Magazine
Ska royalty Neville and Sugary Staple have announced their new collaborative album 'Rude Rebels'. It will be released via Cleopatra Records on both CD and special clear vinyl with black and white splatter in time for celebrations for the 40th Anniversary of 2Tone Records.
‘Rude Rebels’ is full of original upbeat music with vocal statements on life, fashion, love and morals, plus some smooth reggae vibes. It features brand new songs and recordings from Legendary Specials and Fun Boy Three singer & toaster Neville Staple and his partner-in-crime Sugary Staple, as well as former Specials' guitarist Roddy Radiation (a.k.a. Roddy Byers).
With 2019 being the 40th Anniversary of The Specials and 2Tone Records, this is a timely release. This album follows Sugary Staple’s sold out 'Rudegirl Sounds’ EP and Neville Staple’s ‘Return of Judge Roughneck’ double album, also released via Cleopatra Records.
The Staples are a permanent fixture of the widely regarded and enormously active ska scene in the UK and overseas, performing regularly at both venues and massive festivals. In the Neville Staple Band, who have been actively touring both at home and abroad, Sugary joins Neville Staple to front the band.
Sugary and Neville wrote and produced this rebel-lishious offering, alongside Tom Lowry (The Specials, Neville Staple, Spectrum) at Planet Studios in Coventry, which brings a super blend of punked up anthems, dancehall ska and sweet rebel reggae and bluebeat.
“The album was produced with our love of punk, ska, 2tone and reggae, which we mixed into an indulgent sub-culture blend. A bit like me,” says Sugary Staple.
“Working alongside Neville on the production was just perfect. He gets me, and he understands where I am at musically and about my promotion of women going for it, regardless of age and situation. We both still have something to say in our productions, while still creating a dancing beat or a sing-along vocal.”
Tracks like ‘Rebel Down’, ‘Way of Life’, ‘Be As One’ and ‘Original Rudegirl Sound’, are reminiscent of 1970’s & 80’s fun punky ska with 2Tone echoes, while ‘Tattoo King’ and their reworking of Stranger Cole’s ‘When I Call Your Name’ celebrates long-standing traditions of ska. Roddy Radiation features on three tracks - 'Rebel Down', 'Way of Life' and 'Be As One'.
“I felt really free on this production. Having the freedom to be creative with someone on your wave-length is really refreshing for me. I love how we celebrate the great musical genres of my 40-year career. There’s a little taste of The Specials in there, a Clash type of punk vibe and even Trojan Records styles. We’ve been touring some of the songs and the fans have gone nuts for it. Great to have my buddy Roddy on board too,” says Neville Staple.
Apart from Roddy Byers’ excellent guitar arrangements by Roddy Byers (currently with the Skabillyy Rebels), a host of other musical professionals are involved, including the members of the Neville Staple Band (Joe Atkinson, Matty Bane, Steve ‘Sledge’ Armstrong, Spencer Hague, Billy Shinbone), Daddy ‘Nuff Lyrics’ Woody and Alvin ‘Horn-blower’ Davies.
As of September 28, the 'Rude Rebels' album will be available on both CD and special clear vinyl with black and white splatter. However, the album can already be pre-ordered digitally via Bandcamp and via Cleopatra Records directly.
"Upbeat, infectious and utterly authentic.. imbued with a deep and genuine love of pop reggae and ska. Top ranking" – Daily Star Newspaper
'My talented friends.. happy music, just what we need' – Shane O'Connor, BBC Radio Coventry & Warks
"Stunning legacy and repertoire... all the spunk found in The Specials classic ‘Gangsters’ with more of a feel-good yet critical dose of The English Beat and The Special Beat... delivering the original sound of genuine 2 Tone ska" – Big Takeover Magazine
"Joy. Pure Joy... a testament to how much fun live music can be" – The National Student
"Better for artists of such calibre to release an album every ten years than a run-of-the-mill artist to release something often" – Ox Fanzine
“Nothing came close to the sensational Neville Staple Band who really got the party started and had the masses dancing along” – Exeter Express & Echo
FROM THE SPECIALS & BEYOND ALBUM
PRODUCED BY NEVILLE STAPLE & SUGARY STAPLE
“THE LEGENDARY & ORIGINAL RUDE BOY NEVILLE STAPLE CONTINUES TO DELIVER 2-TONE INFUSED WINNERS OVER AND OVER AGAIN”
VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE
The UK Two-Tone Ska legend Neville Staple, who also pioneered the Los Angeles Two-Tone/Ska movement, celebrates his origins on a brilliant and energetic new studio album, From The Specials & Beyond! Not only does Staple enlist his usual band of stellar players and musicians, including his wife and co-vocalist Sugary Staple, to recreate two smash hits by Staple’s former band, The Specials, “Ghost Town” and “Monkey Man,” but he’s also gone back even further into his roots. The Jamaican-born Staple has invited legendary foundation deejay Clint Eastwood and ska/rocksteady icon Derrick Morgan to guest on the album, and the presence of those veteran artists elevates the entire project to new heights. Additionally, Neol Davies of the Two-Tone revivalist outfit The Selecter and British actor/musician Gary Shall join in the fun. It’s an incredible group effort that could only be led by enormously talented Neville Staple.
Dr. Neville Staple, awarded an honorary Arden University Doctorate of Music in 2019, stated, “This has been one of my favourite albums to work on. Each song has a special and personal meaning to me. I wanted to celebrate the roots of my own music journey, with Two-Tone being at the forefront of each song, in the sound and in the lyrics. Stomping music, with sometimes serious commentary, but all presented in a fun, danceable, singalong spirit. That’s the Two-Tone way. Our way. And the special guests were amazing to work with too, especially Derrick Morgan, one of my early inspirations. With superb contributions from Sugary and the band, plus other star guests, this album is set to be a real ‘stand out’ one, that makes me proud of my career to date.”
“ACTION PACKED WITH TOTAL GEMS. THIS HAS THE HALLMARK OF A CLASSIC ALBUM”
LOUDER THAN WAR MAGAZINE
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