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Wendy James New Video and Tour News


NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘THE IMPRESSION OF NORMALCY’
 

Wendy James comes hurtling out of lockdown with the stunning video for ‘The Impression Of Normalcy’, from her Deluxe Album ‘QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT’. 

This statement of intent is, in Wendy’s words, “a perfect speed-punk moment in the last quarter of the album! Originally I’d written it more in the vein of Nirvana: quiet verse, loud chorus and I guess it was mid-tempo. Having started in on recording rehearsals, James Sclavunos put his sticks in the air, from behind his drum kit and said “Can we speed this fucking song up?” So… we went to the extreme and basically thrashed and shredded this song out, I then edited it down so it’s a perfect three and a half minutes of pop speed punk!”


 
An English singer-songwriter born in London, Wendy exploded onto the British music scene in 1988 as the fearless front woman of chart-topping alt-rockers Transvision Vamp. She was a role model to many young women, showing them women could be mouthy, intelligent, gorgeous and cool, while simultaneously sticking two fingers up at anyone who criticized her. She trailblazed her way through the 90s, opening up a path for women in music to follow.
 
When Transvision Vamp disbanded, Wendy went on to collaborate with Elvis Costello, James Williamson (Iggy & the Stooges), Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group) and James Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), who joins her on drums and percussions for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT. Also joining her on this album are James Sedwards (lead guitar), Harry Bohay (bass), Alex J. Ward & Terry Edwards (horn section) and Louis Vause (accordion).
 
When Wendy James released her 5th solo album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT on 1st May 2020 to critical acclaim, she was supposed to be heading out on a UK tour. But as Covid-19 hit and the world went into lockdown, Wendy had to reschedule her tour three times. She will finally embark on a whopping 28-date tour of the UK on 26th August. “From Truro to Paisley and from Norwich to Swansea and everywhere in between!” she exclaims with her infectious enthusiasm. “Not only are we celebrating a return to live venues, we are celebrating my No.16 album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, and also a different set list every night, from Transvision Vamp through all my albums! It’s a tour not to miss, and one which will not happen again, like this!” 

UK TOUR DATES- AUGUST, SEPTEMBER + OCTOBER 2021 

AUGUST
BLACKPOOL WATERLOO MUSIC BAR – THURSDAY 26TH 

NORWICH ARTS CENTRE – FRIDAY 27TH 

STOKE SUGARMILL – SATURDAY 28TH 

TRURO OLD BAKERY STUDIOS – TUESDAY 31ST 

SEPTEMBER
CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH – WEDNESDAY 1ST 

BRISTOL FLEECE – THURSDAY 2ND 

OXFORD O2 ACADEMY2 – FRIDAY 3RD 

GUILDFORD BOILEROOM – SATURDAY 4TH 

CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION – TUESDAY 7TH 

TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM – WEDNESDAY 8TH 

QUEENS HALL NUNEATON – THURSDAY 9TH 

PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS – FRIDAY 10TH 

GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL – SATURDAY 11TH 

BARROW UNDERGROUND MUSIC SOCIETY – TUESDAY 14TH 

MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – WEDNESDAY 15TH 

NOTTINGHAM BODEGA – THURSDAY 16TH

LIVERPOOL JIMMY’S – FRIDAY 17TH 

BIRMINGHAM O2 INSTITUTE3 – SATURDAY 18TH 

LEICESTER FIREBUG – TUESDAY 21ST 

NEWCASTLE CLUNY – WEDNESDAY 22ND 

GLASGOW KING TUTS – THURSDAY 23RD 

PAISLEY ROCKNROLLAS – FRIDAY 24TH 

EDINBURGH BANNERMANS – SATURDAY 25TH 

SWANSEA CINEMA & CO – TUESDAY 28TH 

LEEDS BRUDENELL – WEDNESDAY 29TH 

BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 – THURSDAY 30TH 

OCTOBER
LONDON O2 ACADEMY2 ISLINGTON – FRIDAY 1ST 

HUDDERSFIELD THE PARISH – SATURDAY 2ND


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Raymond Thomson - Deputy Editor

I am a photographer/musician/engineer living in Scotland. My passion is music and motocross and I share my work on facebook/punk4RT and facebook/madmaxmedia. I do like a bit of throw back to the heydays of the 60’s/70’s/80’s when it comes to taking shots of bands. I grew up on the music papers (NME/Sounds/Melody Maker) and drew influence from Pennie Smith/Jill Furmanovsky/Anton Corbijn/Bob Gruen/Adrian Boot/Charles Peterson.
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