The ANGELIC UPSTARTS are back with a bang !
With their current s line up, consisting of Mensi (vocals), Neil Newton (guitar), Dickie Hammond (guitar), Gaz Stoker (bass) and Andrew Laing (drums), who also plays drums in Cockney Rejects, they just recorded six new songs, co-wrote by Mensi and Neil.
This is the first material recorded in over a decade and will be featured on the upcoming ANGELIC UPSTARTS / CRASHED OUT split-album, due to be released on I Hate People Records in November 2011.
The ANGELIC UPSTARTS and CRASHED OUT are good friends with each other and both come from the North East of the UK. So, having previously toured together, it was decided that the next step should be to record a new album together. So each band recorded six new songs, making a dozen tracks in total. This is how the title of the split album came about, “The Dirty Dozen”.
Writing for the UPSTARTS’ contribution to the album began just over a year ago and was a long distance affair. Mensi was living overseas at that time, so he emailed lyrics to Neil, who then wrote the music (an exception to this is a track on the album which Neil and Dickie co-wrote). Once Mensi was back in the UK, the band entered Trinity Heights Studio to record their half of “The Dirty Dozen” with Fred Purser (ex Penetration) manning the control desk. A special guest also appears on the album; a certain Mr Decca Wade! The result is six new ANGELIC UPSTARTS songs. The first new material to have been recorded in over ten years!
The new tracks bear the hallmarks of classic ANGELIC UPSTARTS songs but with a modern edge, both lyrically and musically. Mensi still writes it and sings it like he means it, be in no doubt about that!
Finally, once released, the ANGELIC UPSTARTS and CRASHED OUT will set out on a joint tour to promote the new split album. It is expected that the tour will be throughout much of Europe and the U.S. and discussions are also taking place regarding a visit to Japan.