After The Hurricane
The Levellers performed Levelling The Land Live in its entirety for the very first time to mark the 20th anniversary of its original release in 2011 on an extensive and sold out UK tour. Featuring the hit singles One Way, 15 Years and Far From Home plus The Game, Liberty Song, Sell Out, Another Man’s Cause, Riverflow, Boatman and Battle Of The Beanfield, the show was followed by an extended encore of live favourites. The Wonder Stuff supported on all the dates. The tour was a phenomenal success and led to three more dates being added including a second night at London’s Brixton Academy with Dreadzone and Back To The Planet.
The band were awarded the ‘Roots Award’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011. Presented by host, BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine, he stated that the award was for a band who “stays true to folk and where it came from. Only the strong survive, and The Levellers have done it by staying true to their roots.” The band then went on to prove this by closing the show with a high-energy charge through two of their most popular songs – One Way and Riverflow.
The award was also seen as a public acknowledgement of their work over the years in and around the folk music and festival community. In 2011, the band teamed up once again with producer Sean Lakeman to work on their tenth studio album Static On the Airwaves which is already being heralded as their most accomplished album to date. It has been recently released on 25 June 2012, again through their own independant record label. Recorded ‘as live’ in the Czech Republic, Static On The Airwaves is the sound of a band whose incisive lyrics, innate musicality and passion have continued to improve rather than diminish in nearly a quarter of a century of writing, recording and performing.
In many ways, Static On The Airwaves represents a coming of age for Levellers; it is unquestionably their most mature and considered release to date. The band released the first single from the new album, 'Truth Is' on 21 April (Record Store Day) on limited edition red 7” vinyl.
The album Static On The Airwaves has been released on CD, LP, Digital and with an exclusive Deluxe Collector's Box Set. 2012 got off to a shaky start when the band unfortunately had to cancel a string of European dates and two festival appearances after fiddle player Jon Sevink needed surgery on a damaged tendon in his finger. However, their calendar remained full for the rest of the year with work around the release of the new album in June, festival appearances including at Hop Farm and Latitude, a sell-out Beautiful Days festival in August, plus a mammoth four-week tour of Europe in October and a UK tour in November with special guests, Citizen Fish.