The Levellers have been a gang on the road for over thirty years and, unable to tour since the aborted ‘Peace’ album shows early in 2020, the Levellers were bored.
The band were as disappointed as the fans not to be playing the new songs but their live reputation is dependent on their relationship with their fans, so a live stream was out of the question. And Simon was locked down in Scotland anyway...What to do?
The Levellers’ DIY ethic has always been their biggest asset and if they were going to play to an empty room, it had be where they always play - Metway Studio - their home for over 25 years.
COVID restrictions were being lifted and the studio was booked for 2nd November to run through the Peace tour set list, and film it over a couple of weeks.
BOOM! 31st October, another nationwide lockdown was announced beginning 5th November. And the band played on.
Everything was recorded and filmed live, as it happened and what you can see and hear on The Lockdown Sessions is the Levellers few people get to see.
The excitement of being back together is palpable - old friends doing what they do best.
Having a riot. Of their own.
Generation Fear / Our New Day / Calling Out / Food Roof Family / The Men Who Would Be King / Four Boys Lost / One Way / Hope Street / Truth Is / Carry Me / The Cholera Well