March 2012 saw The Selecter embark on a 20 date tour of the UK, with many venues selling out in advance. October 2012 saw them play in towns not on the March tour in support of their live album Live in Britain.
The Selecter pioneered the ska revival movement alongside labelmates, The Specials and Madness, and were responsible for some of the scene’s classic hits, including On My Radio, Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and Too Much Pressure.
The Selecter’s iconic frontwoman Pauline Black is reverently referred to as the First Rudegirl of Ska – and with good reason, with Rolling Stone Magazine declaring, ‘Hands down, Pauline Black possessed the best voice that ever graced a 2-Tone release’ and Gwen Stefani citing her as one of her formative influences.
Since Black reunited with the band’s brilliantly charismatic Toaster Gaps Hendrick in 2010 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their classic Too Much Pressure, this refreshed and revitalised line-up have been the recipients of a wave of critical and popular acclaim for both their brilliant 2011 album, Made In Britain, and their incendiary live performances.
Made In Britain explores the multicultural landscape of today’s Britain and beyond. Mixing ska, pop and reggae in their inimitable style, it reflects the social and political issues confronting Britain’s new multicultural society in 2011. Just as they gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide in Thatcher’s recessionary Britain thirty years ago, The Selecter have returned to a 21st Century British landscape with an unnerving number of parallels to those dark times.
The 2-tone legacy continues because the idea of multiculturalism began when black and white youth, who had grown up in Britain decided to get together and make music that reflected their particular world. Made In Britain seeks to continue that conversation and carry their “Multiculturalism rules!” message forward to a new generation.
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By The Rivers
By The Rivers from Leicester, have such a strong passion for the music, style and culture of reggae that they began to create their own sound – a unique blend of reggae, pop, indie infused with social commentary and positive messages. Their infectious and energetic grooves matched with their thought provoking lyrics, make this collective stand out so luminously in the contemporary British music scene. This youthful ‘new age reggae’ band are really one to watch out for!
Having supported the likes of The Specials, Neville Staple, The Buzzcocks, The Beat and Fun Lovin’ Criminals, By The Rivers have also played many festivals including Secret Garden Party, One Love Festival, Larmer Tree and Summer Sundae. 2013 is set to be a big year starting with the release of their debut album, a European and UK tour and then back to hit the festivals again.