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.

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Monday, 16 April 2012

The Selecter Cambridge Junction 6th April 2012

The Selecter
The Junction, Cambridge 6th April 2012

A local gig for us this one and at one of my favourite venues in any city. Now with Gaps back in the fold (for the last 18 months or so), the vocal coupling really provides the band with renewed gusto. The fact that the band are also touring an album of new material, the excellent 'Made In Britain' made this the best occasion on which I have seen The Selecter.

Prior to the gig, Gunta had the opportunity to catch up with their guitarist, Anthony, an old school friend from Coventry. The circumstances of mutual acquaintances having been establish it was gig time. Notable in the set is the inclusion of their two tone take on Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black', a fitting tribute to the bee-hived ska enthusiast. For me, the highlight of the new material was the title track itself.

Unfortunately, I have no footage of the gig, but here's a youtube taster of what the Selecter are about in 2012.

'Made In Britain'
The Venue London 17th March 2012

Promo for 'Back To Black'

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