COVENTRY Music Museum curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.
So, before the new year has really started, we get a long-awaited single from Nuneaton super Ska band RudeSix. Entitled ‘Glue’, the new song has all the usual great RudeSix traits, rocksteady Ska chops guaranteed to make you wanna’ dance.
Of course, Liv’s lead vocals cut through it all but hang on there’s a male voice in there too (Dean Pinnegar), and the combined syncopation of the two vocals works so well. It’s a nifty little track with some amazing guitar heroics on here just for good measure.
RudeSix have just added three new members (Sam, Jonah and Angus) and the new line-up looks like this – Liv Linley – lead singer, Dean Pinnegar – guitar and b.vox, Angus Sharp – bass, Harry Bryan – drums, Sam Shelton – trombone and Jonah Thom – sax.
Founded in Nuneaton in 2018 on a love for all things reggae, Ska, dub, rock, and much more, I really believe if this band had been around in 1980, they would have been signed to 2-Tone Records, that’s how authentic and creative is their sound is.
Having said that, you would be wrong if that suggests that their music is some nostalgia trip.
On the contrary, this band takes the good bits of classic Ska and mixes it up with the contemporary sounds of today, they are the real deal.
As I mentioned, I was impressed with the new song ‘Glue’, but later on in 2022 they are releasing another new single entitled ‘La,La,La’, and this is a real corker of a track, imagine a Bad Manners and Madness mash-up with a female vocal and you’re very nearly approaching the sound of this superb song.
This could be the one that helps break the band mainstream this year and it’s definitely going to be a live favourite with its infectious ‘la,la,la’ chorus and boss trombone stylee from Sam.
The band said: “Excitingly, these two singles were recorded at the hailed Magic Garden Studio in Wolverhampton with the prestigious industry titan Gavin Monaghan, whose reputation working with the latest and greatest upcoming bands, aiding to really nurture their sound, clearly precedes him.
“The tracks have also been touched by the magic of Dubmatix, a well renowned Canadian producer in the world of reggae, working with him was an exciting opportunity for the band as many of them have been long-time fans of his work.”
This band just gets better and better, and 2022 should be a really important year for them. Visit rudesix.com for more information.
Congratulations Pauline Black OBE
Massive congratulations to Coventry icon Pauline Black who was awarded an OBE in the new year’s honours list.
Pauline is a superbly talented singer, actor, activist and presenter, a credit to our city, erudite and a key figure in Coventry’s City of Culture year.
As the front person of The Selecter, her command of the stage is second to none and it’s very exciting to see a member of Coventry’s 2-Tone scene be recognised like this.
I only hope there is more to follow.