In 1980 and 1981, THE DAMNED went to Rockfield for a series of sessions that eventually became “The Black Album”, “Friday 13th” EP and “Strawberries”. Their time there produced some of THE DAMNED‘s greatest musical moments and memorable stories of horses, cows, vampires, rifles and Lemmy.
In 2019, THE DAMNED returned to Rockfield studios to record the first new music since 2018’s “Evil Spirits” album.
“The Rockfield Files” EP will be released on October 16 via Search And Destroy/Spinefarm.
“Keep ‘Em Alive”, the first single from “The Rockfield Files” EP, is available now with an accompanying music video shot from the perspective of a bee going about its business. Watch it below.
Bees are essential for pollinating crops, and in turn, human survival; 17 species are reportedly endangered in the U.K. — keep ’em alive!
During the recording of the EP, the lineup included three out of the four THE DAMNED members that were at the original sessions — David Vanian, Captain Sensible and Paul Gray. There was also Monty Oxymoron on keyboards and Pinch on drums. Unbeknown to the band, this was to be the last recording with the longtime drummer Pinch, who departed THE DAMNED after their legendary show at The London Palladium last Halloween.
For the first time, Tom Dalgety (ROYAL BLOOD, RAMMSTEIN, GHOST) took over the producer duties for the EP. He also mixed the tracks at his studio in Bath.
“The Rockfield Files” EP track listing:
01. Keep ‘Em Alive
03. The Spider & The Fly
04. Black Is The Night
The EP will be available in black and psychedelic swirl limited-edition vinyl.