Saturday 11 January 2014


Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers return to London in March for three special shows. The Italian band who last year released their debut album Black Music/White Music to considerable praise, play...

Wed 5        What’s Cookin’ @ Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Leytonstone E11
Thur 6        The Blues Kitchen, High Street, Camden NW1
Sat 8          The Others, Manor Rd, Stoke Newington N16    

While they’re here, the band will be recording their follow-up album at East London’s Gizzard studio (Cribs, Mudhoney, Billy Childish, Slow Club), with Pete Bennett of acclaimed London folk/Americana trio Morning Bride and garage-blues bands Monkey Island and The Dublo producing. The location marks a stark contrast to the abandoned church in Tuscany’s picturesque Romagna hills where they recorded their debut. The album is expected to be released in the Summer.

Stiv Cantarelli initially came to prominence as leader of Italy’s number one band Satellite Inn, who were recruited by North Carolina label MoodFood as a replacement for the ascendant Whiskeytown. Touring the length and breadth of the US, Cantarelli became firm friends with Portland, Oregon roots legends Richmond Fontaine, which has led to him releasing several records on their El Cortez label and employing them as his backing band on his solo debut Innerstate. It was this connection that found him supporting and tour managing Bob Mould on his Italian dates of 2010.

In the Silent Strangers, Stiv is joined by former Satellite Inn rhythm section Fabrizio Gramellini (bass) and Antonio Perugini (drums) along with new member Roberto Villa (guitar and sax).

Praise 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
This is bluesy country punk for grown-ups Q
An exciting mix of post punk rock and desert blues  4/5
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.

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