Inimitable techno-gospel rabble rousers Alabama 3 are set to return to Dublin this Summer, when they’ll play an intimate gig at The Button Factory on Thursday June 27th.
After a busy year on the road in 2012, “the best live band in the country”* have been back in the studio, working on material for their next album. The Reverend D Wayne Love, the band’s iconic rapper and spiritual leader, has let it be known that at the moment they are revisiting and reimagining their roots in techno music. We eagerly await the results …
Best known internationally for supplying the theme to the American TV series ‘The Sopranos’ with their song ‘Woke Up This Morning’, Alabama 3 have carved a unique niche for themselves which transcends considerations of chart success and runs far deeper than the transitory fame of modern celebrity culture.
They are undoubtedly the greatest American act the UK ever did produce, and their heady combination of techno and C&W, alongside a proclivity for rock ‘n’ roll decadence and an acute social conscience means that they are effectively a unique entity in modern music.
They are Alabama 3, from Brixton and beyond…
The band’s nucleus of Rob Spragg and Jake Black met towards the end of the 1980s at a south London house party. Still together, and still resident in the heart of their beloved London SW9 postcode, with a fluid and ever changing membership, Alabama 3 are more a way of life than a rock'n'roll band.
After major label deals with Sony and Geffen, and an enduring relationship with the indie label One Little Indian, Alabama 3 continued to cut their own groove by starting their own Hostage label. Their headquarters in the Jamm building in Brixton incorporates a recording studio, a club venue where A3 put on their own Outlaw nights in between many other events, and an administrative centre where various managers, promoters and other support staff keep the whole operation ticking over. Working in this grubby mansion, over looking London's most vibrant, music-savvy, multi-cultural quarter, there are DJs, artists, recording engineers and assorted admin and creative types who wander in and out of a warren of rooms with a purposeful air.
“We're very proud to be independent,” Rob says. “It's a cottage industry that's been empowered by a form of narcotic Marxism.” And also, it should be said, by a history of brilliant music-making.
Tickets €22.50 (this price includes booking fee) are on sale from online at www.ticketmaster.ie and all usual outlets.