Over the years Levellers have worn many masks; most self-made, some imposed upon them. Pastoral folk-punks, posterboys for the underdogs, Top of the Pops-bothering pop stars. But while their status has evolved over the decades, the basic humanity underpinning their music has remained constant. Often political, occasionally angry but always big-hearted, their songs became instant anthems. Over their career as a whole, they’ve had seven Top 40 albums, including a number one with 1995’s Zeitgeist, and 14 Top 40 singles. Their landmark 1991 album, Levelling The Land, spend 38 weeks in the Top 100 album charts over a three year period.
The Levellers decided they wanted to do something a bit different with their back catalogue to kick off celebrations for their 30th anniversary year in 2018. They brought in a string section and enlisted legendary producer John Leckie (Radiohead, The Stone Roses) to help develop new acoustic arrangements for eight of their previous singles including Liberty, Hope Street and One Way which they recorded straight to tape at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios. They also recorded two brand new songs and the result is 10 track album ‘We The Collective’ which was released on 30 March 2018 on the band’s own On The Fiddle Recordings label. The band hit Number 12 in the UK Official Album Charts and Number 1 in the UK Independent Album Charts on release.
Levellers played the new arrangements at the Roundhouse in London as part of the In The Round festival and toured the Acoustic show to a number of theatres and concert halls around the country in July before playing their full electric show at a few festivals ahead of a 30 YEARS – ONE WAY OF LIFE tour later in the year.