Returning after 8 years hiatus The Strawbs embarked on a short American Tour in the spring of 2016 called Hero & Heroine Live – American Tour. The first stop RoSfest in Gettysburg, PA were they performed and recorded a stellar set on Sunday May 8th 2o16. It is unclear what formats or when Strawbs Live in Gettysburg will be released. Stay tuned for further details.
The Strawbs Hero & Heroine Tour:
Frontman/guitarist David Cousins
guitarist/singer Dave Lambert
bassist Chas Cronk
drummer Tony Fernandez
keyboardist Dave Bainbridge
In June 2015, ROLLING STONE named the Strawbs’ HERO AND HEROINE one of the 50 Greatest Prog albums of all time. Insightful writer Ryan Reed noted HERO AND HEROINE, as the bands “heaviest, most symphonic album,” and cited leader Dave Cousins’ “ambitious prose” as some of the album’s power.
The album contains 11 new original songs and a cover of Depeche Mode’s Somebody.
The album will be available on CD and vinyl. For those of you who prefer iTunes we have a high-quality ‘Mastered For iTunes’ version, which is available for pre-order now. https://goo.gl/GW3q31
You will get the current single ‘Thrill Me’ as instant download when you pre-order the iTunes album.
The album was recorded over the last 12 months in studios in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands with a group of talented musicians, including Bill Shanley (Ray Davies), Lee Pomeroy (Jeff Lynne’s ELO), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath) and Brian Willoughby (The Strawbs).
Built for Fighting was mixed and mastered in Sweden by the Fascination Street duo Jens Bogren and Tony Lindgren, who have worked with acts such as Opeth, Devin Townsend and Paradise Lost.
1. Thrill Me
2. When I Was Young
6. Sex & Vanilla
7. Can’t Heal War
8. What Have We Done
9. Written In Anger
10. All I Need
11. I Won’t Blame Life
Watch the lyrics video for ‘Thrill Me’: