Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs are back with the brilliant and entertaining new video for ‘Stop Stringing Me Along‘. The track is taken from the bands new album ‘Pills‘, which will be released on 15th June 2018 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
The video depicts his early struggles in the music industry and highlights the sort of characters that we has to deal with. Explaining the concept of the song and video, Bloaters explains “This isn’t really directed at any one person or a specific organisation, but is a general song about things that have happened to me, the shared experience a lot of my musician friends have had and an ode to the old days of the music business – the man with the big cigar who promises the World and delivers nothing is real and he’s still out there! I guess it’s a cautionary tale for anyone starting out in the music industry today!”
Following on from 2016’s ‘Luxury Hobo‘, Surrey born Bloater re-focusses himself and ‘Pills‘ is a reflection of him having a clearer head. “I guess a lot of stuff happened on the Luxury Hobo tour. Maybe after the depression, my minds a bit more open and turned on to things, so I have observed more.”
Recorded in December 2017 with producer Adam Whalley, the band trimmed down to a power trio of Big Boy Bloater (Vocals/Guitar), Matt Cowley (Drums) and Steven Oates (Bass) for the new album and it kicks off with the rip-roaring title track ‘Pills‘, an extension from the previous album and highlights the constant need for pills today but has a sinister edge. “I think the sinister side to it is the pharmaceutical companies want you to take these drugs and they want you to keep on thinking you’re ill so they can sell you tablets. It’s gonna get to the point where you’re taking anti-biotics for everything, eventually they won’t work and we’re all gonna die from a super flu.”
Over the last two years the band have toured the UK to packed shows, headlined Wychwood Festival, pulled in new fans at Camden Rocks Festival, supported Joanne Shaw Taylor, performed on the back of a pickup truck for a charity chili night, played with The Quireboys at a brewery and enjoyed “one of the most enjoyable” gigs they’ve ever done at Ramblin’ Man Fair in 2017. “When we got on stage, the marquee was absolutely rammed, there were people in the front row singing along and I was like ‘how do you know that.’” The response to the show was incredible, it seems as if every show they have done since, they’ve had someone come up to them and say they saw them at Ramblin’ Man.
He counts fans in the shape of Imelda May, Mark Lamarr, Craig Charles, Paul Jones and Jools Holland, who called him “one of the great bluesmen of our time”. Following the release of ‘Luxury Hobo‘ Classic Rock Magazine, called him the “The gravel-throated don of R&B”, The Blues Magazine named him in the Top 100 Blues singers of all time whilst Vive le Rock said “This stomping album of swamp R&B and gritty rock ‘n’ roll holds nothing back” and it was #25 in their albums of the year list – this then earned the band a nomination for ‘Best Roots Band’ at the 2018 Vive le Rock Awards keeping impressive company with other nominees including Madness and The Selecter.. Blues Matters rejoiced saying there was “a barrel load of rhythms” and Guitar Techniques called him a “UK Blues Phenomenon.”
It’s the anthology style that makes this album such an engaging proposition, the twists and turns always find you revealing something new, hidden beneath the surface. ‘Pills‘ will be released on 15th June 2018 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
September/October UK Tour:
Thurs 6th Sept – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Fri 7th Sept – NEWCASTLE, The Cumberland Arms
Sat 8th Sept – GLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 9th Sept – PRESTON, The Continental
Thurs 13th Sept – BIDEFORD, The Palladium Club
Weds 19th Sept – LONDON, The Black Heart
Thurs 20th Sept – BRISTOL, Mr Wolf’s
Fri 21st Sept – ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Weds 26th Sept – SHREWSBURY, Albert’s Shed
Thurs 27th Sept – CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
Fri 5th Oct – NORWICH, B2 Venue
Sat 6th Oct – LOUTH, Hoochie Coochie Club