Punk legends The Damned have unveiled their video for “Keep ‘Em Alive”, a track featured on “The Rockfield Files” EP.
Back in 1980 and 1981, The band had gone to Rockfield Studios, located in a small village in Monmouthshire, southeast Wales, for a series of sessions that eventually led to the release of some of their career-best music, such as “The Black Album”, “Friday 13th” EP, and Strawberries.
In 2019, The Damned returned to Rockfield studios to record their followup material to 2018’s Evil Spirits album.
The first single from the EP, “Keep ‘Em Alive”, is out now, with an accompanying music video shot from the perspective of a bee going about its business.
“Bees are essential for pollinating crops, and in turn, human survival; 17 species are reportedly endangered in the U.K. — keep ’em alive!”
Watch the video below:
During the recording of the Rockfield Files EP, TheDamned’s lineup included three out of the four members that were at the original Strawberries-era sessions: David Vanian, Captain Sensible, and Paul Gray. There was also Monty Oxymoron on keyboards and Pinch on drums. Unbeknown to the band, however, this was to be the last recording with the longtime drummer Pinch, who departed after The Damned’s legendary Night of 1000 vampires concert at The London Palladium last Halloween, where Dave Vanian dressed up as Nosferatu and led a cover of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”.
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:
- Keep ‘Em Alive
- The Spider & The Fly
- Black Is The Night
The EP will be available in black and psychedelic swirl limited-edition vinyl. “The Rockfield Files” EP will be released on October 16 via Search And Destroy/Spinefarm.