Well, it’s been a while but the wait is over. Following last year’s European dates, Stiv and the Silent Strangers needed time to chill out, recoup and regroup. It had been rough and rocky travelling, including two critically acclaimed albums, and numerous dates, including four tours trips to the UK and some of their biggest shows yet, at London’s fabled Dirty Water Club and as special guests to Alive! Records hotshots LEFT LANE CRUISER. Our boys ended up hitting the hard shoulder on the border between the Netherlands and France, and eventually drifted back the their Italian ranches to power down.
Now the news is out! Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers are preparing a new record! It might take a while, but it’s definitely on its way. We’ll let you know more when we have it.
More currently, while the Strangers went off and did their various things, Stiv secreted himself in his Florentine garret armed with his trusty 1934 acoustic, a Roland TR-626 drum machine and a handful of pedals and laid down some of the filthiest, minimalistest blues this side of the Tees-Exe line. The results of this will be available soon on a five-track EP under the nom de blues JMAES DEAN HANGOVER – hell, it’s already picking up airplay courtesy of the excellent blues reconstructionist Balling The Jack show on the UK’s Resonance FM.
In the meantime, Stiv will be dipping a tentative toe in the chilly waters of live performance on Friday 22 April, when he joins old friends THE DUBLO and MOLLYS DAGGERS onstage at Grow, Hackney Wick, London for a night of Beat, Bop & Blues. See you there?
So all the dates are finally in! The band head out this week touching down in Chelmsford, Essex for the first date of the European Tour. Full dates are as follows. See you on the road….
May 20 The Asylum – Chelmsford UK
May 21 Moon Club – Cardiff UK
May 22 Shakespeare’s – Sheffield UK
May 23 Biddle Bros – Hackney, London UK
May 24 Mezz – Breda NL
May 25 Swaf – Hoorn NL
May 27 Joe Tex Pub – Lille FR
May 28 Private – Nancy FR
May 29 Ze Music All – Besancon FR
May 30 Archiv – Basel CH
Well, the time’s here to announce the second batch of dates for the Spring Euro Tour. They don’t quite cover as much of the UK as we’d like but we’re getting there. We’ll be back again in October anyhow, so if you want us to come and trash your town, please drop us a line. In the meantime, we hope to see you at….
Wed 20 May – The Asylum, Chelmsford (w/The Ascetics) http://www.asylumchelmsford.co.uk/
Thur 21 May – The Moon, Cardiff (w/The Johnstown Flood) http://www.themoonclub.net/
Fri 22 May – Shakespeare’s, Sheffield http://www.shakespeares-sheffield.co.uk/
Sat 23 May – Biddle Bros, London https://www.facebook.com/biddlebros
OK after the success of Banks Of The Lea at the end of last year the band have rested and are ready to return to their favourite place – The Road. But we have to ease them in gently. Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting up all dates here, but in the meantime, here is the first batch…
Thu 19 Feb – Marcos Pub, Livigno (IT)
Fri 20 Feb – Marcos Pub, Livigno (IT) Special early acoustic show!
Sat 21 Feb – Circolo Vallescuropasso, Cicognola – Pavia (IT)
Sat 11 Apr – Ulisse, Firenze (IT) with Lowlands & The Lucky Strikes
Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers play their first show of the year on Saturday 31 January at Bar Ligera, Via Padova 133, Milan. Support come from Guignol and Sabrina Napoleone.
Finally it’s the news you’ve all been waiting for! Stiv Cantarelli & The silent Strangers have a run of UK dates in mid-October. See below for full dates and ticket details!
Tuesday 14 October Shakespeare’s, Sheffield (with Roaming Son) https://www.wegottickets.com/event/290295
Wednesday 15 October The Windmill, Brixton, London http://windmillbrixton.co.uk/listings/events/15-oct-14-stiv-cantarelli–the-silent-strangers-the-windmill/
Thursday 16 October Oslo, Hackney, London (with Left Lane Cruiser) http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/left-lane-cruiser-tickets
Friday 17 October The Railway Hotel, Southend on Sea, Essex (with Left Lane Cruiser) http://www.wegottickets.com/event/287240
Saturday 18 October Dirty Water Club @ The Shacklewell Arms, Hackney, London (with Los Bengala) http://www.dirtywaterrecords.co.uk/shop
Banks Of The Lea, the long awaited second album from Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers is nearly here, released on jewel case CD and download in the UK on 29 September.
Having recorded their debut Black Music / White Music in an abandoned church amid the isolation of Italy’s Romagna hills, Stiv and the band decided to up sticks for the city for their next project; specifically the super-trendy environs of Hackney Wick, East London – on the banks of the River Lea – where they holed up in the infamous Gizzard studio with producer Peter Bennett (founder of Monkey Island, The Dublo and Morning Bride) and studio owner/engineer Ed Deegan (Billy Childish, Mudhoney, The Fall, The Cribs).
The album comes wrapped in a wonderfully minimalist sleeve design, reminiscent of those hard-to-find 80s imports on labels like Quarterstick and East India Trading and featuring scenes from along London’s second river.
The guys are currently putting together a short run of UK dates for mid-October, with shows planned in Italy and The Netherlands, later in the year. Watch this space!