Sunday, May 15, 2011

Get Ready For The Summer Of The Selecter!: Two Versions Of The Band To Tour & Release New Music

The summer of 2011 is quickly shaping up to be the summer of The Selecter! Thirty years after the band called it quits during the long, hot summer of 1981, not one, but two separate and competing versions of the band (one led by original vocalists Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendricksen and the other by original guitarist Neol Davies) are preparing to release new music and to kick off summer tours.

Black and Hendricksen's band is set to release a brand new digital single titled 'Big In The Body, Small In The Mind' (a cover of a folk song by Woody Guthrie) with cover art by original 2-Tone graphic designer John Sims (see above) and have launched a grassroots  Facebook campaign to help get the song into the U.K. pop charts when it is released on May 30th.  The band plans a series of releases this summer including another single 'Back To Black' (a cover of the Amy Winehouse song) and a new album 'Made In Britain'. The band has an ambitious tour schedule planned and will be in Italy this week followed by festival shows across the U.K. and Europe all summer. To that end, the band has been busy promoting online via a video as well as an interview they posted on YouTube that they conducted with Record Collector magazine. Watch below:

While Davies' version of The Selecter has been relatively quiet since a show in London in January of this year, he has also announced plans to release a new single 'Dolla Fe Dolla' and to play a number of festival shows across the U.K. this summer including an appearance at Bestival on the Isle of Wight on September 9th.  The band's next show is scheduled for June 19th at the Komedia in Brighton. Below is a live version of 'Dolla Fe Dolla':

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