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The Levellers announce new album and intimate album launch

The Levellers

Story by Jack Foley

THE Levellers have announced plans for an extra special intimate launch of their new album, Letters From The Underground, in London to celebrate its release.

The band will be performing at Proud Galleries in London on July 22 and tickets are unsurprisingly quite limited! Support comes from Second Person and SWAG, while proceeds will be going to The Big Issue.

After almost four years, The Levellers’ new LP will be released on August 11 through their own label, On The Fiddle.

Musically and lyrically, the album promises to convey the passion, energy and conviction that shot the band to fame in their early years.

The album has been produced by Sean Lakeman who the band met when touring with Sean’s brother, Seth Lakeman. It was recorded in The Levellers’ own Metway Studios in Brighton and mixed in New York by James Brown, who has recently worked with Nine Inch Nails and Placebo.

The Levellers say the following of Letters From The Underground: “We have written a consciously political record, not as a manifesto which is how people used to take our lyrics but as a reaction to apathy – something we’re all guilty of.

“The songs on the album are observations on topics including war, the media, government, betrayal, life choices and broken dreams.”

In what is proving an exceptionally busy comeback period for them, 2008 sees will also see them play loads of festival dates, as well as some special shows with Seth Lakeman at Arundel Castle, Bowood House and Arley Hall.

After the festival season ends The Levellers are playing the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, September 27, which will be followed by a full UK tour in November/December in support of the album.

The dates so far are:

17 – Larmer Tree Festival, Wiltshire
19 – Doncaster Live, South Yorks
20 – Tolpuddle Martyrs, Dorset
22 – Album Launch, Proud Galleries, London

1 – Cambridge Folk Festival
3 – Stokes Bay Festival, Hampshire
8 – Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire
10 – Marktrock, Belgium
15-17 – Beautiful Days, Devon
22 – Arundel Castle, West Sussex
30 – Connect Festival, Scotland

5 – Cramerock, Belgium
6 – Stormin’ the Castle, Co. Durham
12 – Bowood House, Wiltshire
25 – * Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton
26 – * Buxton Opera House, Buxton
27 – # Royal Albert Hall, London

17 – Musicport, East Yorkshire

*Acoustic / # Acoustic / Electric