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

Monday, 14 May 2012

Ruts DC's 'Animal Now' Finally Set for CD Release!

I received a link the other day to inform me that the band's 1981 'Animal Now' album is to have its first release on CD in the coming months. A very introspective album, 'Animal Now' was recorded not long after the sad demise of Rut's vocalist Malcolm Owen. The band made the courageous decision to continue without Owen and with this album they were still very much finding their feet (after all how do you replace such a charismatic frontman as Malcolm..... you don't, you can't).

It is a brooding album, but I love it as much as 'The Crack', I just have to be in different moods to play them.

'Animal Now' is perhaps the best indication of where The Ruts were heading in the post-punk era. To my gig battered ears at least, 'The Crack' to 'Animal Now' via 'West One' (surely the crowning glory for The Ruts) is a pretty smooth musical progression.... but don't take my word for it.

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