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The Damned - Evil Spirits

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Some ten years since the release of their last studio recordings, legendary UK punks The Damned return with the new album, Evil Spirits. The band headed to Atomic Sound Studios in Brooklyn in early October 2017 and began a frantic, high-energy, nine day burst of creativity with famed producer Tony Visconti. Reunited with former bassist Paul Gray (who played on classics The Black Album and Strawberries in the early-80s), the renewed line up took full advantage of the studio's classic Neve recording desk, valve gear and vintage equipment to form the new record.

"We deliberately recorded the album retro style," explains guitarist Captain Sensible. "The same way our debut album was made, basically. There's something wonderful about the '70s sounds; glam, rock and punk records, they all sound so great and Tony specialises in beautifully crafted old school production. He had us all playing live, bashing it out in the same room with a focus on getting the initial band version of each song as close as possible to the finished thing."

Across the album's ten-tracks, The Damned get to the root of their collective song-writing and Evil Spirits is an album which doesn't shrink from opposing the dastardly political forces at work in 2018, and indeed triumphs in seeking higher ground, to progress beyond them. The first taste of Evil Spirits comes in the form of "Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow," a song penned by frontman Dave Vanian. "This album is filled with a lot of influences from our earlier, pre-'70s tastes – the '60s stuff. ‘Standing...' is really linked into Joe Meek, ‘Telstar', and that kind of stuff," Vanian notes.

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