The English Beat Join Forces with PledgeMusic

With their music still wildly popular and logging in thousands of concerts, The English Beat have been steadily building and maintaining a massive fan base that they have nurtured with classic tunes for three decades… And now, singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Wakeling has been writing and composing new music and is getting ready to release a new album in the near future. But before he and his band can do that, they’re inviting fans to be a part of this long-awaited journey. The English Beat have unveiled a PledgeMusic campaign to allow fans to pre-order the album early and be a part of the creation of it. Featuring over a dozen different exclusives with some limited edition packages, the PledgeMusic campaign will be the homestretch in preparation for the next English Beat album.

“I am thrilled about our new PledgeMusic campaign, because I have always enjoyed interacting with the band’s fans,” says Wakeling. “This is an opportunity for even more connection and fun. Power to the People!!!”

Among the exclusives are autographed CDs and LPs, T-shirts, handwritten lyrics, inclusion on the upcoming album’s CD booklet, a private jam session with Dave on the guitar, and even a studio visit while the band is recording and singing on the chorus of one of the songs. For $1500, fans can travel with the band to two consecutive US shows on the tour bus. To view the campaign, visit www.pledgemusic.com/theenglishbeat.

Preparing for another round of tour dates, The English Beat kicked off in Athens, GA on June 13 and not settling down till the end of the year.

Frontman Dave Wakeling recently did an interview with touring industry tome Pollstar, discussing his career as a touring artist and what it’s like performing perennial hits like “Save It For Later,” “Mirror In the Bathroom” and “Twist and Crawl” to over 150 crowds year after year. Hinting at new music that looms on the horizon, he’s been gauging reactions to his new songs on live audiences and friends. “This is a very exciting time for me,” he explains. “I’ve worked a few years to get to this point… re-develop a live market and test to see if anybody wanted to hear any new songs. And then it got to a point where we could pack a show in most cities in America.” About the new music, he continues, “[We’ve been] busy writing songs…we picked the first 10 to start recording for the album. I played them for some friends at radio stations and they feel we’re in the right direction.”

Appropriately called “a singer-songwriter as savagely witty as Elvis Costello” by Rolling Stone, Wakeling has been at the forefront of Ska’s Second Wave which propelled peers like The Specials, Madness and The Selector throughout the 80s into the 90s and continues today. “The Beat are one of the most underrated bands of all time,” wrote respected writing legend Simon Price for The Quietus, “and Dave Wakeling ought to be spoken of in the same breath as Weller and Strummer in the post-punk pantheon of heroes.”

The English Beat’s irresistible blend of Pop, Soul, Ska and Punk made them one of the undeniable breakout stars throughout the last three decades and have had their music covered by such musical luminaries as Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, and Eddie Vedder, among many others. Compared to other UK Ska acts who found fame in the 80s, Paste Magazine called them “the most ambitious” and The Wall Street Journal said “the English Beat had the best chops.” Originally breaking up in the late 80s, Wakeling formed General Public who continued their mainstream takeover with massive international singles like “Tenderness”, “Never You Done That”, “Hot You’re Cool” and a cover of Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.” Proving Wakeling’s undeniable songwriting as well has his longevity in the industry, national retail chain Target featured “Tenderness” in a TV commercial campaign and Hanna Barbera’s wildly popular cartoon Scooby Doo featured the band’s music in a recent episode.

No title or official release date for The English Beat’s new album has been announced. Official details will be announced soon.

THE ENGLISH BEAT
Jun 18 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
Jun 19 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH
Jun 20 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction, VT
Jun 21 Manchester 65 West Warwick, RI
Jun 22 Prince Music Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Jun 25 Port City Music Hall Portland, OR
Jun 26 Johnny D’s Boston, MA
Jun 27 Stephen Talkhouse Amagansett, NY
Jun 28 City Winery New York, NY
Jun 29 City Winery New York, NY
Jul 02 City Winery Chicago, IL
Jul 03 City Winery Chicago, IL
Jul 07 Duck Room St. Louis, MO
Jul 13 Orange County Fair Costa Mesa, CA
Jul 17 Live 105’s Block Party San Jose, CA
Jul 18 City Winery Napa Napa, CA
Jul 19 City Winery Napa Napa, CA
Jul 22 Jenks Club Allenhurst, NJ
Jul 23 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ
Jul 25 Stephen Talkhouse Amangansett, NY
Aug 01 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Aug 02 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Aug 08 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Aug 09 Pershing Square (FREE SHOW) Los Angeles, CA
Aug 13 Triple Door Seattle, WA
Aug 14 Triple Door Seattle, WA
Aug 15 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
Aug 23 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Denver, CO
Aug 31 ‘80s Rewind Fest Lincoln, CA
Sep 07 The Magic Bag Ferndale, MI
Sep 12 Bottle & Cork Dewey Beach, DE
Sep 26 Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA
Oct 09 Lake Perris Community Fair Perris, CA
Dec 31 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA

Photo by Jackie Butler

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