In fact, every year they sell all 17, tickets to their own festival — the proudly sponsorship-free and affordable Beautiful Days, in Devon — and have notched up seven Top 40 albums and 14 Top 40 singles. There was a period when the Levellers were the most popular indie band in Britain — their performance at Glastonbury was reckoned to have drawn the biggest crowd the festival had seen. Instead of talking about drugs and girls, we were talking about their lives.
Levellers release poignant new track ‘Our Future’
Whilst the video confronts the misleading and deceptive tactics used by the media to marginalise the vulnerable, the track blazes with anger and urgency and its lyrical concerns are unvarnished and unambiguous. Its 11 electrifying songs are a charged reaction to a world that seems to be teetering on the edge of madness and self-destruction. Having long been, and remaining, one of the best live bands around, their shows are an integral part of what the band do, and they have now announced an extensive UK and European tour starting this month, taking in double nights at some of their favourite towns and cities. Over the years, the band have worn many masks; most self-made, some imposed upon them. But while their status has evolved over the decades, the basic humanity underpinning their music has remained constant.
The band were among the most popular indie bands in Britain in the early s, and headlined at the Glastonbury Festival in , where they performed on The Pyramid Stage to the festival's record crowd, which numbered , people. This is a record which stands to this day. The band was formed with Mark Chadwick on guitar and lead vocals, Jeremy Cunningham on bass guitar, and Charlie Heather on drums. Jon Sevink, the brother of Chadwick's girlfriend, was brought in to play the fiddle. Chadwick's flatmate "Bucky" was brought in to play the guitar, but lost interest after a few months. A group of fans known as the "happy hitchers" would hitch-hike around the country, following the band while they were on tour.
It could be a reference to a disappearing value. It could be a sneering statement of irony. It could be a cry for calm in a crazed world. It could mean whatever you want it to mean. Peace is the most relevant album of Its 11 electrifying songs are a charged reaction to a world that seems to be teetering on the edge of madness and self-destruction. While a string of global crises have played out in the news, there have been more personal traumas and battles to overcome at home. All the internal and external turmoil helped give the album a focus. That direct approach is evident on jagged, spiralling opening track and first single Food Roof Family, a song that blazes with anger and urgency.