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, 29 October 2012

Steve Drewett at The Half Moon in Bishops Stortford 27th October 2012

Steve Drewett
The Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
27th October 2012

Last Saturday's Oxjam gig (a nationwide fund raising event for the Oxfam charity) was ideal for me. A gig in the back room of a pub within walking distance from home. This was the room that was the venue for both Gunta's 30th birthday and Rudi's christening many years ago.

As I mentioned in a previous post this was our local until we moved to the other side of the town (at the time it was run by a lovely couple, James and Helen - James it transpired after we had known each other for a couple of years was sometime stand in bass player for the Adicts). Since moving the frequency of our visits to this particular watering hole have diminished somewhat, so it was really great to catch up with a couple of people who we haven't seen for some time. And so it was that by the time I ventured into the back room for the gig I was a bit Wibbly Pig!

I spoke briefly to Steve before he was due to take to the stage. His set this time around was much more Neurotics orientated that on the previous times that I have seen him play solo (albeit some years ago). Two of these songs I recorded.

'Inch Away'
Steve Drewett

'This Fragile Life'
Steve Drewett

The set closed with a rousing rendition of 'Kick Out The Tories'. Well at least it was rousing in my head. Gunta informed me that I was 'helping' Steve with the vocals from the front of the stage... how kind of me.... such a socialist act!

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