When US indie-rock cult heroes The Refreshments folded in 1998, leaving behind a legacy of two major label albums, a string of hit singles and the theme to the hit animated TV series King Of The Hill; writer, singer and creative force, Roger Clyne must have pondered on the eternal question of 'where to now?'
The answer was unequivocal; go it alone. Clyne and Refreshments drummer PH Naffah recruited a guitarist and bass player, formed Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and set about making their own mark on the musical landscape without the safety net of record company backing.
The result? RCPM became the only independent band to debut in the Top 10 on Billboard's Internet Sales chart for six consecutive albums, including two number one entries. Firmly entrenched in the independent ethos, RCPM are proof positive that quality music does not have to fit into the framework laid down by the major players to survive, and indeed, thrive. Paste Magazine neatly summed things up when they said “Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers are proof that the crazy, reckless, restless, swaggering soul of American Rock is still burning a hole in the night sky.”
2010 sees the start of the next stage of the RCPM quiet revolution, with the band's first foray into the UK with a string of club dates, giving fans a flavour of their renowned high-octane stage presence in advance of the summer festival season. The full schedule of dates is as follows:
Feb 17th - The Prince Albert, Brighton (special guest Bernice MacDonald)
Feb 18th - Aspinall Arms, Mitton Lancashire (special guests Mr. Lizard)
Feb 19th - The Cluny, Newcastle (special guests Simon Todd & Central Station)
Feb 20th - Bongo Club, Edinburgh (special guest Lee Patterson)
Feb 21st - Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow (special guests The Dirt)
Feb 23rd - The Luminaire, London (special guest Bex Marshall)
Feb 24th - St. Bonaventures, Bristol (special guest Bernice MacDonald)
Feb 25th - The Maze, Nottingham (special guest Owen Harvey)
Feb 27th - The Ropewalk, Barton-On-Humber (special guests Missing Time).
The sound of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers owes as much to the punky, power-pop of the late-seventies as it does to the traditional American rock influences of Tom Petty and Springsteen. Like other South-West icons Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely, RCPM are unafraid to cross boundaries with their music, and will mix tales of banditos from somewhere-down-Mexico-way with subtle observations of the human condition amongst tequila shots and good-time anthems. All this set against a backdrop of riff-rich driving guitar, and melodic, memorable choruses, while unmistakable echoes of Mariachi and Spanish phrasing drift in and out of their music.
These UK dates will also feature some of the finest up-and-coming UK artists and bands.