Long-lost 80's new wavers The Stranglers have released their 16th album Suite XVI. The Stranglers remain one of my favorite bands from that era. While the band is now in it's third major incarnation, the newest album is a nice follow up to 2004's Norfolk Coast. Now as a four piece band, there's an even more tight focused and a return to the basic, rawer sound of the early days. Many if the songs fit into the spirit of early hits like "No More Heroes" or
The band features 3 original members, JJ Burnell on bass, the unique Dave Greenfield on keyboards and Jet Black, (older than Bill Wyman at 68), still pounding the drums. Baz Warne plays guitar and vocals filling replacing original founder Hugh Cornwell who left 16 years ago for a solo career.
The Stranglers have tour dates lined up for Europe in March and April and hopefully they'll make it over the US one of these days.