There seems no stopping them. Brighton’s most famous sons The Levellers are celebrating 30 years in the business with a UK tour, aptly entitled One Way of Life, named after their anthemic paean ‘One Way’.
"Bands are weird things, they have their ups and downs," says Mark Chadwick, lead singer of The Levellers, Brighton's veteran survivors of a ruthless music industry, and the most successful band to have ever come out of Brighton, with 11 albums under their belt (including a number one in 1995 with Zeitgeist) and 15 top 40 singles.
“We refuse to believe how shit we are, so we just keep going”, says Mark Chadwick in the lead up to this release. It’s a typically self-deprecating statement from their frontman, of a band that has defied critics and some sort of logic to continue to make a good living out of what they do. Lest we forget, they came from the alt-punk/folk/squat scenes in Brighton at the tail end of the 80s, perhaps the least commercially viable music you could think of, when Margaret Thatcher and conservatism was at their political zenith. They instinctively voiced the discontent, the fears, the hopes and dreams and aspirations of countless people: those having to deal with, and concerned with, the consequences of a deepening inequality, rising social tensions, and a zealous commitment to rolling back liberal democracy from powerful forces. Sound familiar?
Due to the recent tragic circumstances involving Charlie Heather of The Levellers, the Brighton legends have pushed back the release date of their new album, We The Collective, to the end of March. They are also in the process of rescheduling a tour that was due to start this month, including a date at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea. The band recently issued a statement: