THE DAMNED’S ‘EVIL SPIRITS’ DEBUTS AT #7 IN TOP TEN OF UK ALBUMS CHART
A FIRST IN THE BAND’S 41 YEAR CAREER!
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British punk rock icons The Damned are in the Top 10 of the UK album charts for the first time in their 41 year career, with their Visconti-produced album ‘Evil Spirits’ entering the charts on Friday at number 5. Despite scoring numerous chart-topping singles in the past, their highest charting album, 1985’s ‘Phantasmagoria’, just missed the top ten spot and peaked at number 11. History was in the making, however, with the Friday the 13th release of the critically acclaimed ‘Evil Spirits’, the band’s first full album release in ten years, as its mid-week sales showed it racing into the top ten.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” laughs frontman Dave Vanian. “But it feels great to finally get there, as it’s been a long time coming. We’ve had lots of top ten singles but never an album. Even when ‘Eloise’ was a big hit, we were pipped to the number one spot by a novelty song by (British comedy actor and singer) Su Pollard! This time we’ve had Kylie and the Manics to compete with. A huge thanks to the fans, of course, without whom this record would never have been made. It feels amazing to finally get it out there.”
The band have just released the new video for the single, Look Left, filmed at the legendary Camden venue, Koko. ‘Look Left’ is The Damned at their most epic and grandiose; a sweeping sugarcoated mind grenade, addressing post-millennial society’s “media-induced coma” over lush vocal melodies and show tune theatrics. Written by drummer Pinch as a love song to the human race, the rich balladry holds a heavy lyrical theme within.
Evil Spirits is available on digital download via Spotify and i-Tunes, on CD and 180g vinyl available HERE
“The results are terrific.”
“Stands up with the very best of the band’s back catalogue.”
“Dave Vanian sounds as though he relishes every word he sings and Captain Sensible plays out of his skin. But it’s the rhythm section of bassist Paul Gray and drummer Pinch that drive this damn fine record to the outer limits.”
**** 5 stars“
“Mindful of their past without being nostalgic, they remain a musical institution to be treasured.”
“…a highly melodic release with huge hooks and the usual amalgamation of punk, garage, goth, and psych that the band excels at… another great album… not to be missed.”
“A batch of songs that snap and snarl in all the right places.”
“A welcome return to form.”
Vive Le Rock
“…hard-charging ethos accented by smooth hi-fi production and a stylistic debt to pop’s pre-rock era.”
“The Damned have become, if possible, more eccentric and outrageous as they grow older.”
“The King’s people have drunk from the Fountain of Youth. This truly is a band at the top of its game. Long Live The Damned”
Louder Than War