An Interview with Charlie Heather of The Levellers
By Steve Rudd
The Levellers have dominated the Folk-Punk scene for the past twenty years,
having had scores of hit singles and albums.
Often voted as one of the best live bands in the UK, they've wowed venues and
festival audiences all around the world with their brand of politically-charged music.
On the brink of performing a huge number of dates at various summer festivals,
The Levellers are also on the verge of releasing a new single - Burn America Burn -
and a new album. Here, in an exclusive interview with Steve Rudd, drummer
Charlie Heather brings us up to speed...
Hi Charlie, how are things?
Great! The sun is out and it's a lovely day down here in Brighton.
We are shooting a video for Burn America Burn. We are going to be animated apparently...
What inspired you to pen such a tune and have you been pleased with the response from fans?
I've wanted to do a song about the decline of America for ages now. So far, the response from fans has been phenomenal - it's the sort of stuff our fans love.
Does the release of the single mean that a new studio album is forthcoming?
Yes it does. It's called Letters from the Underground.
We recorded it at the Metway Studios with Sean Lakeman producing and it's
been the most enjoyable album I've ever recorded. It rocks!
Which of this summer's festivals are you most looking forward to playing?
Our Beautiful Days festival of course! Glastonbury Leftfield stage on the
Thursday night should also be good, and our local-ish Guilfest.
Did you ever think that your very own Beautiful Days extravaganza of music would still be going so strong so many years down the line?
In a word, yes. We've hit the right balance in making a festival truly enjoyable.
Has the process of songwriting got easier with time?
It comes and goes. Sometimes it's hard to get into an idea, then like buses, loads come at once.
This summer's festival appearances aside, are you going to embark on a full UK tour any time soon?
After the album is released in August we will be doing a full European and UK tour.
We are all really excited about playing the Albert Hall on September 27th.
Finally, what is the greatest thing about being a Leveller?
To be amongst really good mates and loving playing on stage together.
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