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

Saturday 23 July 2016

Drum With Dave Barbarossa

If there are any wannabe Keith Moon's out there who feel that their efforts on the skins could do with a boost from someone who really knows what they are doing. Dave Barbarossa's CV is presented on his flyer, but for me it's Dave's tenure in the original Ants that counts.

I saw Dave play once with Adam at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in 1995. Adam, opting for the later Ants trade mark of two drummers, had Ruffy (The Ruts, Ruts DC, plus a list of bands and artists as long as your arm) occupy the other drum stool and together they made a hell of a noise.

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