Brit glam legends RACHEL STAMP have announced the re-release of their classic debut album along with a special London show.
Hymns For Strange Children was first released in February 2000 and pointed the way towards exciting sonic vistas for the new millennium, picking up ecstatic reviews, front covers and a sell-out show at London's Astoria.
“We paved the way for a whole generation of fans to be themselves and not to blindly conform to what someone else told them they should be,” says singer/bassist David Ryder Prangley today. “It was really tough to walk around looking the way we did back then. There was a lot of verbal and physical abuse directed towards us and I’m sure it was the same for our fans, but we all lived through it and came out the other side for the better.
“I meet a lot of musicians who used to come and see us play when they were teenagers and were inspired by us,” he adds. “But I don’t think there has really been a band since Rachel Stamp that mixed heavy, distorted guitars with synths and melodic vocals like we did. We’re still unique in that way and I’m very excited that Hymns For Strange Children is being re-released and hopefully reaching a whole new audience.”
Originally on CD only, Hymns For Strange Children is being issued digitally remastered and repackaged on vinyl for the first time ever, in a limited edition of 700 pink vinyl copies by Easy Action Records. It will also be reissued as a CD with bonus tracks and as a download.
On the same day as the release, Friday 14 April, Rachel Stamp play a very special 'relaunch' party at the O2 Academy Islington. Tickets are on sale O2 Priority customers now and go on general sale this Wednesday 8 February at 10am!
Pic by Nigel Crane