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It's 2012 and The Stranglers return with their eagerly awaited new studio album, Giants. Out on March 5, the release coincides with an extensive European tour, kicking off with 18 UK dates which kicks off on March 1 at Leeds 02 Academy.

* HIRTY-five years on from the release of their debut, Rattus Norvegicus, Giants is the Stranglers' 17th album and, just as the latter day successes of the group's last two titles, 'Norfolk Coast' (2004) and 'Suite XVI' (2006), this more recent return to the studio has once again produced another collection of sterling Stranglers tracks.

Quirky and diverse, the music presented on 'Giants' avoids the formulaic and the stale: for the first time since 1980, there is an instrumental and the group, better known for their waltzes, also reveal their take on another dance form, the tango!

As always strong melodies and unusual time signatures are high on the agenda, all underpinned by those trademark Stranglers bass lines and keyboard runs, which brought them major mainstream success with hits Golden Brown, No More Heroes, Peaches, Always the Sun, and Skin Deep.

Lead vocals are shared between JJ Burnel and Baz Warne.

Scoring some 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning five decades, the Stranglers are the longest-surviving and most continuously successful band to have originated in the UK punk scene of the mid to late 1970s. It's a few years since the last album release but the Stranglers have been keeping extremely busy on the live circuit, with constant global touring commitments and high demand from the major festivals, including appearances at Glastonbury, T in the Park, V Festivals, Hyde Park and Isle of Wight in the UK and their counterparts across Europe and beyond.

The Stranglers 'Giants' tour is heading our way on: March 1 - Leeds O2 Academy; March 23 - Sheffield O2 Academy and March 24 - Manchester O2 Academy.


* THEN AND NOW: The Stranglers, whose line-up now comprise - Jet Black, drums (1974-present); Jean-Jacques Burnel, bass guitar, lead vocals (1974-present); Dave Greenfield, keyboards, vocals (1975-present) and Baz Warne, guitar, lead vocals (2000-present)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2012
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