Words by Ed King
“Given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!”
Doors open at 7pm, with tickets priced at £20 + booking fee. For direct gig info and online tickets sales, click here.
Like many of this country’s better ideas, Alabama 3 was born out of a chance meeting at an Acid House party; founding members, Jake Black and Rob Spragg, postulating about a Country/Rave hybrid. Because for the love of God… Rednex (think ‘Cotton Eye Joe’) wasn’t enough for the world.
Two decades and nine studio albums later, and Alabama 3 has carved out a more credible niche than any Scandinavian counter parts – underpinning their frenetic bastard child with political challenges and a ferocious live show. Alabama 3 also boast some of the best quoted endorsement from any UK band on tour today, including the NME declaring the group ‘a monumental waste of time’. Throw in a thumbs-down from Zane Lowe and I’d vote them into office.
Outside releasing a couple of W.O.M.B.L.E. mix tapes in 2013/4, one from the men and one from the wimmin, it’s been a nudge over four years since anything has come out of the Alabama 3 studio – the band’s previous LP being the beautifully titled Shoplifting for Jesus in Nov 2011 .
Now with the first single, ‘Lost and Found’, already roaming round the UK’s ear canals via Hostage Records – Alabama 3 close out their tour of the same name at The Oobleck on Sunday 6th December; the album is set for ‘release in 2016’.
But in the interim we have the end of a sixteen date Alabama 3 tour to distract us… on a Sunday… after four gigs without a day off… Christ on a bike, what could possibly go wrong..?
‘Lost & Found’ – Alabama 3
Alabama 3 perform at The Oobleck (The Custard Factory, Digbeth) on Sunday 6th December – with support from The Hungry Ghosts. For direct gig info and online tickets sales, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1641214746118948/
For more on Alabama 3, visit http://www.alabama3.co.uk/
For more on The Hungry Ghosts, visit http://thehungryghosts.co.uk/
For more from The Oobleck, visit http://theoobleck.co.uk/