Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present

Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.

As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.

Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Dot Dash - Washington DC Post Punk & Opener for Hugh

During the week, I received an email from an outfit going by the name of Dot Dash (another Wire influence?). They opened for Hugh recently on one of his US dates.

Review and pictures are here.

They have asked if I would put up a couple of links to tracks from their new album. After hearing them I can confirm that they are sound very '80-'81 (and that's no bad thing in my book!).

If this bio had one of those “RIYL/Recommended If You Like” sections, it might drop names like THE JAM, JOY DIVISION, or THE BYRDS… or perhaps it would bring up an apparent appreciation by Dot Dash for the ancient sounds of the POSTCARD, WHAAM and early CREATION labels…

But those kinds of judgments can really only be made by you, the listener.

As is often the case, Dot Dash has a whole “they are ex-members of” thing going on:

Guitarist/singer Terry Banks and bassist Hunter Bennett were in punky power poppers JULIE OCEAN.

Before that, Terry was in a bunch of jangly guitar bands, including THE SATURDAY PEOPLE, TREE FORT ANGST, GLO-WORM and ST. CHRISTOPHER.

Guitarist Bill Crandall was in the mod/pop band MODEST PROPOSAL.

Drummer Danny Ingram began musical life in Dischord-label punks YOUTH BRIGADE before moving on to STRANGE BOUTIQUE and, later, U.K. guitar-wranglers SWERVEDRIVER.

Dot Dash plays shows, mostly around D.C., but occasionally out of town, whenever they can. In the recent past they’ve opened for Urge Overkill, The Godfathers, The Trash Can Sinatras, The Chameleons, Hugh Cornwell and The Capstan Shafts.

"There And Back Again Lane" (audio)
"There And Back Again Lane" (video)

"Tragedy/Destiny" (audio)
"Tragedy/Destiny" (video)

More details can be found on their facebook page.

Happy to help and good luck!

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