Epi fan Paul Weller
has announced a tour of the UK next February with one of our favorite young Rock 'n' Roll bands, The Strypes. Check out Weller's website
for details and if you're in the UK early next year, make plans now to check it out. Make sure you also give Weller's new record, A Kind Revolution,
a spin and check out the short film Weller made about making the album which features the Modfather giving his vintage Epiphone Caballero
a turn at the mic.
Weller's new album continues a steady run of superlative releases that combines his unique combination of soul, R&B, and pop forged from a lifetime of loving American music while remaining grounded in everyday life in the U.K. A Kind Revolution
mixes the personal and political while still bringing a sense of lightness and hope to both.
"I don't think there's any world leaders I'd put any faith into," Weller told Billboard
, "When you think of Nelson Mandela or Dr. Martin Luther King or Mikhail Gorbachev, people who were pushing for the world to become more united and peaceful... there doesn't seem to be any kind of united peace movement right now, just a world of extremes. It's quite a scary time, really. I don't think it makes me want to write any political songs…The answer is inside people themselves, really, which is a much bigger question. It's not one person who's going to lead us into the light. It's going to have to come from us, so who knows what will happen or not?"
A Kind Revolution
features Soft Machine legend Robert Wyatt along with Madeline Bell, Josh McClory from The Strypes, Boy George, and longtime Weller guitarist Andy Crofts also of The Moons. Look for more good news from Weller in the coming months.