‘Rude Rebels’, the new album by the family duo known as Neville & Sugary Staple, is quite literally a party in a box. Combining the ‘Rude Boy’ movement of old with new stylings of sheik and shimmer, Sugary and Neville achieve an audaciously beat-driven set of fourteen tracks that will move the hips and heart while drowning the soul and senses in ‘rude-itude’.
About Neville & Sugary Staple
Ska royalty Neville and Sugary Staple are releasing their new collaborative album ‘Rude Rebels’ via Cleopatra Records, now available on both CD and special clear vinyl with black and white splatter. This record comes in time for celebrations for the 40th Anniversary of 2Tone Records.
‘Rude Rebels’ is full of original upbeat music with vocal statements on life, fashion, love, and morals, plus some smooth reggae vibes. It features brand new songs and recordings from Neville Staple, legendary singer, and a toaster of The Specials and co-founder of Fun Boy Three, and his partner-in-crime Sugary Staple, as well as former Specials’ guitarist Roddy Radiation (a.k.a. Roddy Byers).
With 2019 being the 40th Anniversary of The Specials and 2Tone Records, this is a timely release. This album follows Sugary Staple’s sold out ‘Rudegirl Sounds’ EP and Neville Staple’s ‘Return of Judge Roughneck’ double album, also released via Cleopatra Records.
The Staples are a permanent fixture of the widely regarded and enormously active ska scene in the UK, performing regularly at both clubs and massive festivals. In the Neville Staple Band, who have been actively touring both at home and abroad, Sugary joins Neville Staple to front the band.
Sugary and Neville wrote and produced this rebel-lishious offering, alongside Tom Lowry (The Specials, Neville Staple, Spectrum) at Planet Studios in Coventry, which brings a super blend of punked up anthems, dancehall ska, and sweet rebel reggae and bluebeat.
“The album was produced with our love of punk, ska, 2tone, and reggae, which we mixed into an indulgent sub-culture blend. A bit like me,” says Sugary Staple.
“Working alongside Neville on the production was just perfect. He gets me, and he understands where I am at musically and about my promotion of women going for it, regardless of age and situation. We both still have something to say in our productions, while still creating a dancing beat or a sing-along vocal.”
Tracks like ‘Rebel Down’, ‘Way of Life’, ‘Be As One’ and ‘Original Rudegirl Sound’, are reminiscent of 1970’s & 80’s fun punky ska with 2Tone echoes, while ‘Tattoo King’ and their reworking of Stranger Cole’s ‘When I Call Your Name’ celebrates long-standing traditions of ska. Roddy Radiation features on three tracks – ‘Rebel Down’, ‘Way of Life’ and ‘Be As One’.
“I felt really free on this production. Having the freedom to be creative with someone on your wavelength is really refreshing for me. I love how we celebrate the great musical genres of my 40-year career. There’s a little taste of The Specials in there, a Clash type of punk vibe and even Trojan Records styles. We’ve been touring some of the songs and the fans have gone nuts for it. Great to have my buddy Roddy on board too,” says Neville Staple.
Apart from the excellent guitar arrangement by Roddy Byers (currently with the Skabillyy Rebels), a host of other musical professionals are involved, including the members of the Neville Staple Band (Joe Atkinson, Matty Bane, Steve ‘Sledge’ Armstrong, Spencer Hague, Billy Shinbone), Daddy ‘Nuff Lyrics’ Woody and Alvin ‘Horn-blower’ Davies.
SOURCE: Official Bio
“Always the life of the party, Neville and Sugary Staple once again show that fun and excellence indeed can go hand in hand. The pure pleasure of listening from beginning to end and a vibrant sight to see. Ska doesn’t get any better than this”
– Big Takeover Magazine
“High energy and a fine mix of ska with reggae, including one great cover of a Jamaican ska classic at the request of its original performer (Stranger Cole), the Staples have outdone done themselves here. It truly was due time for such a brilliant release as this to appear. Sugary Staple shines as bright as any legendary ska diva did, with a buoyancy and confidence that is endearing and truly a powerful force in these sonic offerings”
– The Spill Magazine