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Black Soul Strangers unite the London crowds on Saturday in support for BBC 6 Music

March 29, 2010 by  

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Black Soul Strangers unite the London crowds on Saturday in support for BBC 6 Music

Over a thousand fans came to demonstrate outside Broadcasting House on Saturday afternoon against the planned closure of BBC Radio 6 and the Asian Network. Despite the occasional heavy showers there was something of a party atmosphere as musicians performed and presenters and union members spoke against the proposed cuts.

Irish Pop Rockers Black Soul Strangers who have been championed by NME and Radio 2’s Janice Long and Dermot O Leary were at the forefront of the excitement. Armed with a guitar, tambourine and megaphone they treated the crowd to popular BBC 6 classics with the lyrics altered for the occasion. The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’, became ‘Hey Beeb’ as the whole crowd pledged their support for BB6 music in a united sing-along. They then followed with Black Soul Strangers own track ‘Panic’ before finishing with a Johnny Cash Folsom blues!

The next few months will become very interesting for the lads as they prepare to release their debut album Animate on July 5th. Aptly named, due to its colourful tunes, enlivening quality and inspiring nature, Animate is both big in sound and stature.

With so much hype surrounding the band, it begs the question ‘Just who exactly are the Black Soul Strangers’? Created in an old school house in coastal Donegal, Ireland, when front man and guitarist Barry Gorey and drummer Brendan O’Mahony first started writing together, it wasn’t long before they knew they were onto something. They added bassist and vocalist James O’Brien and guitarist and synth player Philip Wyer and their exceptional musical line-up was complete.

The band’s catchy uproar has already tickled the ears of a few tastemakers – Jo Wiley, Fearne Cotton and Kat Wong, (Zane Lowe’s producer) have all joined Black Soul Strangers ever increasing list of fans. The lads’ music has also attracted some of British cinema’s revered directors – opening album track Panic Sets Direction was used in award winning British psychological horror film Beacon 77, described by The Leeds International Film Festival as “an absorbing example of the best that British genre cinema has to offer.” Other album track Monster was also used in Eoin Macken’s visceral horror Irish film The Inside which received critical acclaim in much of the Irish media.

As NME quite rightly put it, they are “a band who actually look and sound successful before their time…Strangers, eh? Not for much longer” – and with an unquestioning belief in themselves (and not to mention luck of the Irish), they might just be the breakthrough act of 2010. Back on the road once again, they will shake stages and blow minds with their mesmerising live set as their tour continues at the following dates:
3rd April – London One Party State – The Barfly Camden
1st May – Camden Crawl
10th May – 93 Feet East
28th July – Death Disco (Notting Hill Arts Club)
18th August – Death Disco (Notting Hill arts Club)



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