March 2016 sees The Wonder Stuff celebrate it’s 30th anniversary. Yes, 30 years since the band’s very first rehearsal in the heart of The Black Country. Since then they have sold millions of albums worldwide and continue to record and tour internationally to this day. During the last 29 years The Wonder Stuff have remained at the top of their game and play with a passion and an attitude that has set them apart from the majority of their contemporaries.
To celebrate their longevity the band will be embarking on a UK tour and playing a handful of festivals as well as releasing a new album.
'30 Goes Around The Sun' will be released on March 19th 2016 - 30 years to the day since the band first walked into a rehearsal studio.
They chose to revisit it's old stomping ground of Stourbridge to record the album and even managed to persuade renowned heavy metal and hard rock producer, Simon Efemey (Paradise Lost/Napalm Death/The Wildhearts), to return to his home town to produce the record.
Vocalist/guitarist Miles Hunt says; "Simon was one of the first guys to ever record The Wonder Stuff, in 1987, at the rehearsal studio he owned in Stourbridge back then. In the early touring days of the band he was also our live sound engineer, he's back doing the live sound with us again these days. Without him ever coming straight out and saying that he has never liked our previous albums, he has always made it known to me that he's been frustrated that we've never made a record that has captured our live sound. We figured it was time for him to put that straight."
Whilst the line up of The Wonder Stuff may have changed since those early days (original bassist Rob 'The Bass Thing' Jones and drummer Martin Gilks both sadly now deceased) Miles Hunt is still leading the charge, ably supported by his fellow band members Mark McCarthy (bass guitar since 2003), Erica Nockalls (violin and vocals since 2005), Dan Donnelly (guitar and vocals since 2014) and Tony Arthy (drums since 2014).
Hunt; "I bought myself a new Gretsch guitar in the December of 2014 and by the end of January 2015 she had given me five new songs. I was over the moon and figured that I'd have a new album written by the end of March and could take the rest of the year off. Not so... by April all I had was those first five songs and it felt like nothing else was in the post. At the suggestion of our new drummer, Tony Arthy, the five of us got together in a studio in Stourbridge and jammed out any ideas that came to mind. Within three days we had the rest of the record written. I think by actually getting in a room together and playing through any idea that any member of the band had, just as we used to in the early days, has given this record a real sense of urgency."
Two thirds of the album's music has been written collectively, but as ever it is Hunt that has been in charge of the lyrics; "I shall be 50 years of age in the same year that this album is released and while I don't necessarily feel like a whiny older guy the temptation is always there to give into my age. Although it has to be said, as a younger man I could do a fair old bit of moaning too! But being back in Stourbridge has been a charm for my lyric writing. Seeing old mates and generally being exposed to the wonderful vein of humour that seems to run through everyone native to The Black Country has helped me no end."
The Wonder Stuff have had an amazing journey so far; seven albums, with another one in the offing, exciting spin-off projects and collaborations and now Miles has become an author penning the first of a collection of books “The Wonder Stuff Diaries 86 - 89”.
’30 Goes Around The Sun’ is available for pre-order now at thewonderstuff.pmstores.co
Catch the band on tour…
Fri 4th - Southampton Engine Rooms
Sat 5th – Brighton Concorde 2
Wed 9th – Belfast Limelight
Thu 10th – Dublin Academy
Fri 11th – Liverpool Academy O2
Sat 12th – Cardiff Tramshed
Thu 17th – Bristol Academy O2
Fri 18th – London Forum O2
Sat 19th – Birmingham Academy O2
Thu 24th- ABC Glasgow
Fri 25th – Newcastle Academy O2
Sat 26th – Leeds Academy O2
2nd – Nottingham Rock City
Please contact the venues direct for access information.
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