November 26th, 2015
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Dodgy’s comeback album from 3 years ago, STAND UPRIGHT IN A COOL PLACE, was a long time coming, 15 years to be precise since the double platinum selling ‘Free Peace Sweet’, and from the four and five star reviews and many media plaudits that were heaped upon Stand Upright…. it seems that the original line up of the band had done the impossible – to reform the band and make a contemporary and relevant album, surpassing their previous work, testament indeed to the unique chemistry and overflowing creativity of Nigel Clark, Andy Miller and Mathew Priest. Creating a sound with “golden harmonies and echoes of CSN&Y and Fleet Foxes”, and prompting The Word magazine to say
“They’ve just made the record of their career by a country mile”
A result for which the contribution by mixer Matt Pence, known for his work with the likes of Midlake and John Grant, should not be underestimated.
The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, including Staying Out For The Summer, In A Room, If You’re Thinking Of Me and the Top 5 hit Good Enough, still a staple of the radio playlists. They sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1997 just before Radiohead. Not bad, considering that they also partied harder than an Ewok.
Since the release of Stand Upright In A Cool Place in 2012, Dodgy haven’t really stopped as live gigs and festival appearances have always been an important part of the Dodgy experience, for many they are the perfect festival band. The band have been ripping it up at most of the festivals worth their salt, such as Feastival, BT LONDON LIVE, Camp Bestival, V Festival, Glastonbury, Wychwood, Strawberry Fields, Hardwick Live, Kendal Calling and many many more in the UK and Europe.
Now, three years on from the phenomenal reunion album, the band are finally ready to release their new album in Autumn 2015. The boys believe it is their best ever record, but they’re not the only ones – Cenzo Townshend who has worked with anyone who is anyone nowadays (Florence, U2, Primal Scream etc) heard the demos and demanded to mix some tracks. Similarly, Rob Da Bank heard two tracks and offered Dodgy a slot on the Mainstage at Bestival in September 2015.
“Dodgy’s new album is a revelation” Guardian ****