Brighton regulars Alabama 3 return to Concorde 2.
20 years and still standing,
standing on the edge, on the point of no return. So where to next, when the end
to everything is so inevitable? None of us are dead, which has surprised us more than it has you, especially at
the end of 2016, a year that swallowed us musicians whole.
It’s been 20 years since we released our first
baby – Exile On Coldharbour Lane and
we’ve just delivered our 13th album – Blues.
It’s no secret that we have tempted
dark fate to the point where it has lost its comedic value. We have hurt so
many, and lost so much. As the cold light of day hits us in the bathroom
window, the reflection is enough to make us recoil under the sheets, until we
are cloaked by soft night again. Has anything been gained? We’ve always had bad
skin. And so we hang together by a cruel thread whose length we all
miscalculated, wondering - why us? We’ve chased more pipes than dreams.
It seems fitting always on an
anniversary, to travel back to the beginning – the scene of the crime where one
Welsh knob head, recently excommunicated from the Mormon Church and fresh out
of law school, meets a Scottish schemey poet at a squat rave in Brixton. They
like pills and Blues. B.B. King, Hank Williams, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon,
Howlin’ Wolf, Ma Rainey and Fats Domino are all discussed with fervor. The
first match is lit and Alabama 3 find roots in roots music. After courting
American record deals, theme tunes to hit TV series, BAFTA awards and the
departure and re-entry of more members than any band should ever carry, we find
ourselves where the old Blues man told us we’d be– still penniless with little
reason left in our charred brains.
In October 2016, we released our 13th studio album Blues on our independent label Hostage Music. Recorded with the full
band in Dean Street Studios, we made a straight up Rock’n’Roll record full of
chain gang clarion calls, bittersweet dope laments, sleazy whiskey rhythms,
wailing harmonicas and the obligatory Delta slide. Those seedy acid lines are
all still ripping through the foundations, branding us with a hot poker. We
couldn’t have foreseen the amazing response to this album, with a number 1
position in the Blues iTunes charts and some incredible reviews to boot.
It was even better to finally tour
the record on the road, as well as celebrating the songs that have kept us in
good company for two decades. Playing packed out O2 venues, night after night,
the cries for some regional shows did not fall on deaf ears. Our aim is to
contaminate as many of you as possible…so let the second round begin!