If you were lucky enough to catch Stiv Cantarelli and his band The Silent Strangers on tour in the UK in February, you’ll know that they’re a highly potent force. Fusing wide-open Americana with front-porch Delta blues, delivered with the ferocity of punk, Cantarelli brings the influences of his eclectic tastes to bear on a live show that nods in equal parts towards Son House, Neil Young, The Stooges and The Who, not to mention similarly inclined blues-channelling Australian rock legends The Birthday Party and The Scientists. All delivered on an electrified 1934 thrift-store acoustic, backed by locomotive rhythm section Antonio Perugini and Fabrizio Gramellini. If you missed it, pick up the album Black Music / White Music for barely bolted-down living-room listening. And get ready for action!
Spurred on by the success of those shows, and the media love heaped on the album, Stiv and The Strangers venture out from their retreat in Italy’s Romagna hills for another round of dates at the end of May, including a Mod-tastic Bank Holiday bash in Southend-on-Sea!
Full dates are….
Mon 27 May Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
Tues 28 May 12 Bar Club, London
Wed 29 May Ten Feet Tall, Cardiff
Thurs 30 May Railway, Winchester (Uncut Sessions)
Fri 31 May Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge
Sat 1 June Greystones, Sheffield
The tour will be accompanied by the Three Sides EP, the title a tip-of-the-cap to Keith Moon’s ’75 solo album. Featuring the album tracks ‘Mahogany Jones’ and ‘Hundred Thousand Stones’, alongside a brand new song ‘Ten Minutes’ Drive’, the EP will be released digitally by Stovepony Records and distributed by Cargo from Tuesday 28 May, but special limited edition tour CDs featuring three different cover designs and different track order will be available at gigs at a recession-busting snip.
Love for Black Music / White Music….
A long night’s ramble through the musical fleshpots of the soul… The urge to listen again is powerful. 4/5 R2
Destined to be a seminal classic 9/10 Vive Le Rock
An overwhelming success… 9/10 Americana-UK.com
This is bluesy country punk for grown-ups Q
An exciting mix of post punk rock and desert blues 4/5 AAAmusic.co.uk
A really fascinating album…. It will reward the time you give it. Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers take a no compromise approach to their recording and long term it definitely pays off. FATEA
Cantarelli has grown into a bluesman whose songs can break your heart, while also sounding like they could handle themselves in a barroom brawl. Classic Rock Blues
Fantastic album… Absolute killer. Pennyblackmusic.co.uk