Monday 2 March 2015


Following on from the success of their second album Banks Of The Lea, Italian blues-punks Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers return to the UK in May for four dates as part of their European Tour.

They will play…..

The Asylum, Chelmsford                                            Wed 20 May
The Moon, Cardiff                                                      Thur 21 May
Shakespeare’s, Sheffield                                            Fri 22 May
Biddle Bros, Hackney, London                                   Sat 23 May

They will then travel to the Netherlands and France (dates TBC).

Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers’ second album Banks Of the Lea (released last October on Stovepony Records) was recorded on the banks of the River Lea at Gizzard Recording, Hackney Wick with producer Pete Bennett of noted Lancastrian post-punks Monkey Island and engineer (and studio owner) Ed Deegan (White Stripes, Mudhoney, The Fall, The Cribs, etc). The album received considerable praise in print and online media, including major features in Vive Le Rock, R2 and Tattoo Planet, and substantial airplay, including BBC 6 Music, Resonance FM, NTS and TeamRock.

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 States intensively, Cantarelli became firm friends with Portland, Oregon roots legends Richmond Fontaine, 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 at the wheel of a tiny Fiat beside Bob Mould for an Italian odyssey during the miserable winter of 2009.

In the Silent Strangers, Stiv is joined by former Satellite Inn rhythm section Fabrizio Gramellini (bass) and Antonio Perugini (drums) along with Roberto Villa (guitar and sax). They released their debut album Black Music / White Music in 2013.

Check out Banks Of The Lea at

"A thrilling post-millennial blues joyride. Richly rewarding, but not for the faint of heart. 5/5" R2 magazine

"Crackles with electric intensity. A glorious racket. 9/10" Vive Le Rock

"A dark brutalist beauty. A hot contender for my favourite album of the year." Louder Than War

Banks Of The Lea is a triumph… Sometimes rock and roll can be scary as well as being very, very good!” Uber Rock

"In short this is all thriller and no filler. You won't hear anything else like this around. 9/10" Maximum Volume

"An album to throw yourself into, headfirst. Chase this one down. 4/5" I-94 Bar