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The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson with original drummer Charley ‘Aitch’ Bembridge. Pauline is one of very few women in the 2-Tone scene - often referred to as the Queen of Ska.
It’s been 43 years since the release of The Selecter’s seminal debut album Too Much Pressure and while it still inspires and resonates today, their new studio album Human Algebra keeps the fire burning with a stellar collection of hard-hitting tracks in the band’s own inimitable style.
“Lyrical messaging’s as sharp as ever” MOJO
Human Algebra, released on April 21, is a word from the wise – from questioning ‘fake news’ (“Big Little Lies”), to pointing the finger at keyboard warriors (“Armchair Guevara”), and the scourge of knife crime (“Human Algebra”). Human relationships are also touched upon (“Boxing Clever”), along with a touching tribute to the late great Ranking Roger from The Beat (“Parade The Crown”).
2-Tone was a crucial multi-racial, multi-cultural explosion borne out of Coventry and the Midlands that remade British pop from 1979 onwards. The main bands who pioneered the movement were The Selecter, The Beat, The Specials and Madness.
Last year saw the release of a Too Much Pressure 40th anniversary Deluxe Edition which reached #1 in the Independent Album Charts in the UK. The band performed one of their most popular hits On My Radio live at the 2022 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Birmingham which was broadcast worldwide. Other hits and live favourites include “Three Minute Hero,” “Missing Words,” and “Too Much Pressure”. Amongst other engagements this year, the band supported Blur at Wembley Stadium in July.
“The Selecter have lost none of their creative fire or fury” VIVE LE ROCK 9/10
On My Radio (Live) at the London Roundhouse - https://youtu.be/VlNq0aGGlN4
Human Algebra (Official Video) - https://youtu.be/zyjY_5piGnQ