NEW ALBUM ‘THE LANGUAGE OF CURIOSITY’ - MEDIA PACK
- Single #1 - ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ released May 1st, 2020
- Single #2 - ’Lay It Out On Me’ released July 3rd, 2020
- Single #3 - ‘Gaslight’ released September 3rd, 2021
- Album release November 5th, 2021 on all digital platforms, CD and 180g vinyl
We have been informed by the manufacturer that due to a worldwide shortage of vinyl there is a huge backlog of orders and therefore it is looking like March 2022 when we will be able to release the album on 180g vinyl with special edition artwork.
ABOUT THE LANGUAGE OF CURIOSITY
Renowned for their unique sound, distinctive songwriting and beautifully produced recordings, European and British blues award nominees the Starlite Campbell Band are set to release their highly anticipated new album ‘The Language of Curiosity’ by Supertone Records on Friday, October 8th, 2021.
The Language of Curiosity is the exciting second album from artists Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell who fell in love on stage and married following a whirlwind musical romance.
With their fresh taste of original '70s British rock and British blues, the husband and wife duo have been on an exciting roller-coaster of a musical ride following the release of their debut album Blueberry Pie to rave reviews worldwide and a prestigious nomination for Best Album in the European Blues Awards.
With extensive international radio play including BBC Radio 2, charting top 10 in the UK, Australia, The Netherlands, American Blues Charts plus receiving over 50 four and five-star reviews worldwide, the band have played all over the world from headlining a festival in their Australian debut to main stage performances at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival in the UK.
‘The Language of Curiosity’ is the band’s second album and set for release on November 5, 2021, supported by UK and European festival performances at Carlisle Blues Rock Festival, UK and Bluesroute Helmond festival, The Netherlands plus a series of headline dates in the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, and Portugal with more dates being added.
The band has a vibe and feel reminiscent of the mid '60s to early '70s British rock and British blues - think Peter Green, Faces, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin but not like those really... more like Starlite-Campbell!
The label on the bottle with a list of ingredients would read: "A very British sound with a fusion of fearless, original '70s British rock and British blues marinated with subtle undertones of psychedelia, prog and folk, ignited by the passionate heat of scorching hot chilli sauce!
“The band never fails to impress with the quality of their playing and writing. Lay It Out On Me is probably the most emotional song I’ve heard this year and is a standout number from their second album ‘The Language Of Curiosity.” - Andy Snipper
— Music News, UK
Suzy explained, “this is the second album that Simon and I have co-written and again we focussed on writing authentic, fun, thoughtful, sometimes brutal words in service of the song which informed the feel and style of music, from full-on rock ’n’ roll, tribal drums, thunderous bass, badass filthy dirty guitar riffs, drunken echoes of slide and lap steel, melting melodies, crazy tornadoes of sound, sirens and laughter to the nakedness of silence and intimate breathing, washed by waves of delicious double vocal harmonies.”
“The fusion of Starlite and Campbell's vocals is superb!” Gio Pilato, Bluebird Reviews
As full-time musicians, the art of the song is everything and Starlite and Campbell fly in the face of disposable music – writing, recording, engineering, playing and producing all their work and then releasing on their own independent label Supertone Records.
Campbell started playing the guitar professionally as a studio session musician at the tender age of 17, signed a record deal with Polydor in the ‘80s and is also an experienced music producer having worked with Island Records, Big Jim Sullivan and Derek Lawrence in the ‘90s.
“Blueberry Pie is a great album!” - Cerys Mathews
— BBC Radio 2 / BBC6 Music
“Unquestionably Blueberry Pie is a stunning debut. 5*” - Morgan Hogarth
— Rock n Reel Magazine
“Stone Cold Crazy! This should be available on the National Health!” - Alan Py
— Member of the 1900+ Facebook supporters group
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC...
When Starlite and Campbell got together in 2013, they decided to fulfil their calling and go on the road as touring musicians and moved to France and then Spain where they sold everything that wasn’t related to music (including their flat) to buy enough gear to be able to open their own world-class vintage analog semi-mobile recording studio. The Supertone Studio opened in 2014 at the heart of which lies ‘Betty’ the CADAC, a 48 channel analog mixing console - named after Suzy’s Nana from Ponty in Wales, who is featured on the front cover of ‘Blueberry Pie’.
Simon explained ”We love that authentic analog sound and the recording techniques and gear used on the new album are really old school from an original ‘70s Echoplex tape echo machine, original valve amplifiers plus an array of speaker cabinets, vintage outboard and microphones. I think we used one FX pedal on the whole album; 95% of the guitars you hear are one man / one woman and a guitar plugged straight into the amp!! Honest! Direct! On fire!!”
IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL...
The Starlite Campbell Band has its roots in an authentic British sound and Simon spent many hours in search of the perfect guitar tones for each song during the recording process. “I must admit I did get a bit obsessed” he laughed ”Sometimes I had this sound I was looking to use in a particular song and I spent days experimenting with a combination of different guitars, amps and cabinets until I found the right emotion, the right attitude and feel that the song needed!!”
Simon added “We also have an extremely rare MOOG E1 M guitar which sounds magnificent. It’s like wrestling with a dragon to play but the ethereal guitar tones and expressions are out of this world incredible!!”
In the spirit of cultural curiosity the couple, who tour with their two labradors Hummock and Bobby in their trusted ‘Van of Rock’, have moved seven times in the past seven years. Consequently, the new album has been recorded at Supertone’s various studios in Valencia, Spain; Thören, Germany; Samora Correia, Portugal and the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales (where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody and is only 12 miles from Starlite’s childhood hometown of Ross-on-Wye).
“It was a childhood dream of mine to record at Rockfield” Suzy grinned! “I knew a few people who worked there and used to see the owner Kinglsey Ward and Rob Plant down at my local pub ‘The Hope & Anchor’ all the time in the early 80’s but I never thought that one day we would be recording our own music there! I have to say it made my day when we arrived and Kingsley was standing there ready to greet us - rocking a pair of green wellies!! Brilliant!!”
WE MIX FOR VINYL
Simon explained “I’ve produced all the music we have worked on together as I was looking for something different than what I’m hearing out there at the moment, a sound more akin to late ‘60s / early ‘70s productions as opposed to the dense, highly compressed sounds of 2021. Starlite adds an extra pair of ‘fresh ears’ and together we are never short of ideas and always experimenting - the result is we sound like us, from the way we record drums, bass and guitar, to the style of our songwriting, music arrangements and vocal harmonies.
Mixing all the band’s music with vinyl in mind, it is then sensitively mastered, without overuse of compression, by the mighty Jon Astley from Close to the Edge who has worked with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, John Mayall, The Who, Van Morrison and Debby Harry.”
The lacquers for vinyl are cut by Miles Showell, a world leader in his field at Abbey Road in London. Miles has worked on recordings by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Who and more.
Suzy and Simon take every care in the whole production process which is evident by the calibre of the team they work with to produce the beautifully recorded music.
“The Starlite Campbell Band never ceases to make us plunge into blues, rock and prog. from the 60s and 70s stamped with the seal of an old-fashioned British sound with big riffs, completely mind-blowing arrangements and this analog side… There is no doubt that fans of both vintage and very open music will appreciate this great discovery as soon as this new combo rocket is fired in November!” - Fred Delforge, Editor and President of Blues France
“Oh My, Oh My! What a cracker this one is. I listened to the whole album at one go and I while I was listening I kept on being reminded of something—a sound, an ambience—that I could not quite identify. Then it hit me. This is what Cream sounded like before they became super-stars” - Ian K. McKenzie, Editor
“A couple of seasoned musicians who bring back the sound of early UK blues, to near perfection.” - JD Nash
— American Blues Scene, USA
THE ARTWORK IS A PART OF THE ART...
When it came to the album artwork, Starlite and Campbell worked with multi-award-winning English photographer Stuart Bebb to capture the spirit of the music on film for both the single and album artwork.
He is one of the most gifted contemporary photographers out there with a huge talent for capturing the magic of a moment!
Portraits were captured by the wonderful Sandra Ventura.
The band worked with their long term collaborator Barry Kinder from Track & Kern who is responsible for designing all the band’s releases. merchandise and logo, even down to creating their own unique font!
In 2020 and early 2021, the Starlite Campbell Band released three singles ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ and ‘Lay It Out On Me’ from ‘The Language of Curiosity’ followed by a cover of the Blind Faith classic ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’ which garnered fantastic feedback from the media including BBC 6 Music / Radio 2 amongst other national radio and festival enquiries. Their latest single, 'Gaslight' was released on September 3rd., 2021.
The Language of Curiosity is set for release on Friday, November 5, 2021, on Supertone Records and is available to preorder now direct from the band’s website. The album and subsequent singles will be available on all streaming media with Apple and Spotify pre-save.
“Once the music is released it’s really all about you and how it makes you feel that’s important” Suzy concluded. “We’ve put our heart and soul into making every aspect of this album and we really hope that you are curious enough to listen and that the music takes you places and becomes a part of the soundtrack to your life!” - Suzy Starlite
THE SONGS - TRACK BY TRACK
1. DISTANT LAND
Searing guitar and lyrics kick off the new album by the Starlite Campbell Band. Simon’s amp on #11 with the rhythm section of Suzy and Steve lending swagger to this very contemporary theme - then come the harmonies, oh boy.
About: the continuing refugee crisis and the way the west deals with it.
Straight up early ‘70s British rock ‘n roll featuring Wurlitzer electric piano and a fabulous opening riff. Suzy’s bass line has a Motown feel which really works throughout the song with Simon playing a mean slide with a cheeky solo on his first-ever guitar, a 1974 Gibson Flying V.
About: populist leaders who tell wholesale lies and get away with it.
3. LANGUAGE OF CURIOSITY
More ‘60s influence in this track with Simon’s electric 12 string providing a catchy motif which recurs throughout the song. Suzy not only plays bass and sings but also fulfils mellotron and Phiicorder keyboard duties. A dark sound born of a turbulent Isle of Man winter.
About: dreaming of a better world.
4. BAD SIGN
Take a step back after the intensity and enjoy the melodies and harmonies in this track. Lovely upright piano by Del Vecchio, classy drums by Gibson and a fun, dreamscape middle eight followed by Simon’s Iberian inspired acoustic guitar solo.
About: the music industry.
5. TAKE TIME TO GROW OLD
Most of this song was recorded at the Supertone Studio in Valencia and elegantly moves through the emotions instilled by the lyrics. Twelve-string guitar, massive bass and drums magnificent harmonies culminating in a fierce guitar solo. Feeling old? Listen to this.
About: many of our contemporaries have grown old before their time. This is a call to action.
6. SAID SO
A trippy, hard rock epic with plenty of fuzz guitar, grinding Hammond organ and driving bass. The feel of the extended middle section is right out of the early ‘70s - classic rock.
About: the power of gangs and the horror of opioid addiction.
7. IT AIN'T RIGHT
Suzy delivers a wonderful vocal performance on this sensitive track based around her Fylde acoustic bass. Watch out for the massive one take harmonies. Something quite unique.
About: discrimination people of colour, LGBT and women.
8. STONE COLD CRAZY
More classic British rock. Tongue in cheek lyric with a bouncy groove, melodic solos and an anthemic harmony guitar part to finish off the track.
About: an ironic take on lust and casual sex.
9. LAY IT OUT ON ME
Desolate stripped back blues. Simple piano and distant tremolo guitar makes this a future classic. Magnificent melodic and sensitive solo by Simon prepares you for the eerie last verse.
About: a bleak take on love and loss.
10. RIDE ON COWBOY
Uptempo commentary on sex in 2021 featuring conga and four on the floor kick. Mighty bass and vocal by Suzy. Killer live track reimagined for vinyl.
About: online dating anyone??
Suzy Starlite: bass guitars, Philips Philicorder, Grotian Steinbeg piano, mellotron, percussion & vocals | Simon Campbell: guitars, Sequential Tempest, MOOG Minitaur, theremin & E1-M guitar, percussion & vocals.
Featuring: Steve Gibson: drums & percussion | Jonny Henderson: Hammond B3 organ, Vox Continental, Hohner Clavinet, Bechstein grand piano and Wurlitzer electric piano | Gabriele Del Vecchio: Yamaha and Grotian Steinbeg pianos, Wurlitzer electric piano and Hammond M100 organ | Maria Saalfeld Reis: Castanets
Production and engineering: Simon Campbell | Assistant producer/engineer: Suzy Starlite | Music and lyrics: Suzy Starlite & Simon Campbell | Recorded at Supertone Records studio in Valencia, Spain; Thören, Germany; Samora Correia, Portugal and Rockfield Studios, Wales | Lacquer cutting: Miles Showell, Abbey Road Studios, London, England | Mastering: Jon Astley, Close to the Edge Mastering, London, England | Photography: Sandra Ventura and Stuart Bebb | Graphic design: Barry Kinder
℗© 2021 Supertone Records, London, England
“What an atmospheric track 'Lay It Out On M' is, totally outstanding, breathtaking even. I love Simon's vocal performance on the track. It oozes class!” - Pete
— Pete’s Rock News and Views, UK
“Superb job, beautifully played and Suzy's vocals are spot on. Excellent recording on the drums. Congratulations!!! We can't wait for the new album!!” - Craig Larson
— Member of the 1900+ Facebook supporters group
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