Add to Calendar20160624 19:0020160624 23:59:00America/New_YorkSoul Asylum and English BeatDoors open at 7:00 PM. More show details at: https://wellmonttheater.com/shows/soul-asylum-english-beat/The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St, Montclair, NJ 07042
About Soul Asylum and English Beat
“A friend asked me what kind of records I want to make, and my answer was that I always want to make a record that I want to hear that’s not already in my record collection,” says Dave Pirner. “I think we got that on this one.”
Pirner is referring to Change of Fortune, Soul Asylum’s eleventh studio album, and its first for Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). The dozen-song set embodies the band’s trademark balance of rocking abandon, infectious melodic craft and raw-nerved emotional depth, boasting a compelling set of new Pirner compositions while showcasing the strength and versatility of Soul Asylum’s current lineup, which teams founding singer/guitarist Pirner with guitarist Justin Sharbono, bassist Winston Roye and drummer Michael Bland.
Three and half decades down the road from the band’s indie-punk origins, Change of Fortune — co-produced by the band and longtime studio collaborator John Fields — is classic Soul Asylum, with such musically and lyrically pointed new tunes as first single “Supersonic,” “Can’t Help It,” “Doomsday,” “Make It Real,” and the title track packing a familiar sonic and emotional punch, while carrying a hard-won sense of survival and perseverance that honors Soul Asylum’s storied history while pointing towards the future.
“People who feel disenfranchised tend to identify with Soul Asylum,” Pirner observes. “I’ll look out at the crowd and see people singing along with my songs of frustration and insecurity, and the irony is not lost on me. There’s a part of me that’s never gonna fit in, but I love being around people who love music, and I’m very loyal to the idea of whatever Soul Asylum is. The future is bright, everything is good, and if there’s something in this record that can make people feel like things are gonna be OK, then it’s mission accomplished.”
The English Beat is a band with an energetic mix of musical styles and a sound like no other. The band’s unique sound has allowed it to endure for nearly three decades and appeal to fans, young and old, all over the world.
The Beat first came to prominence as founding members of the British Two Tone Ska movement, with their classic first album “Just Can’t Stop It” fitting squarely in that genre. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, the band became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of that movement.
However, band leader Dave Wakeling never felt constrained by the movement. Dave has always viewed ska as a springboard, not a straight jacket. Indeed, the band’s sound continued to evolve over their first three studio albums, through the General Public era (a band formed by Dave with Ranking Roger, the toaster from The Beat), and has continued it’s evolution with the forthcoming English Beat album “Here We Go Love”, a PledgeMusic crowd-funded album set for release in 2016, the band’s first new album since 1982’s “Special Beat Service”.
You just can’t stop The English Beat!