The Levellers are to release a new five track anti-war EP titled ‘The Recruiting Sergeant‘ in support of War Child on 5th May. Four of the band’s most poignant anti-war songs are featured including a re-recorded version of The Recruiting Sergeant with special guests The Copper Family, Dan Walsh and Shona Kipling helping out, it was mixed by Matt Lawrence (Mumford & Sons, Grinderman, Emile Sande, Bat For Lashes). Watch the video for it below:
The original version, which is an anti-war song not an anti soldier song, featured on their 10th studio album ‘Static on the Airwaves’ which was released to great critical acclaim in 2012 (read our review).
The EP also features tracks – ‘Another Man’s Cause’, ‘Not In My Name’ and ‘Barrel of The Gun’ plus the original album version of Recruiting Sergeant. All profits from the release of the War Child version of The Recruiting Sergeant will be donated to War Child, the charity for children affected by war and set up to protect children living in the world’s most dangerous war zones.
Levellers celebrate 25 years in the ‘business’ in 2013 and are playing a number of dates in the UK and Europe in May and June plus other festival appearances in the Summer including at the Isle of Wight festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and a headline slot at Dorset’s Camp Bestival. Get their live dates here.