British blues-rock legends THE GROUNDHOGS are to have a new archive triple live album released this Autumn.
Formed in the early 60s, and fronted by guitarist Tony McPhee, the band participated in the British blues boom, backing visiting US artists such as John Lee Hooker and Champion Jack Dupree. By the early 70s they were one of the hottest UK bands around, spiking their heavy blues rock with complex, questioning lyrics, mindblowing FX and primitive electronica. Hugely influential, they impacted on post-punk, grunge and alt-rock with the likes of Captain Sensible, Julian Cope and Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus all singing their praises.
Road Hogs: Live From Richmond to Pocono features previously unreleased material drawn from 1969 and 1972 – peak ‘Hogs! – taken from shows at the Richmond Athletic Ground (supporting Free) and at Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania – the final show by the classic McPhee, Ken Pustelnik and Pete Cruickshank line-up of the band.
Available on triple vinyl (with bumper sticker and poster) and 2xCD through Fire Records from 5 November, Road Hogs is available to pre-order here.
Fire are also reissuing the band’s classic 1972 album Who Will Save The World? The Mighty Groundhogs on 15 October. Pre-order that here.