London-based musician Nigel Bennett is no stranger to Rebellion or England’s punk rock scene. Longtime lead guitarist of the Vibrators and formerly the Members, Bennett is releasing his second solo CD “Another Bump In The Road” (Zip Records) in early August. Pat Society sits down with Nigel Bennett for a chat about Rebellion, playing in the Vibrators and the Members and his upcoming solo album.
“Another Bump in the Road” is a rock ‘n’ roll chronicle of the touring life a professional musician, crisscrossing the globe entertaining fans. While the hour on stage is the payoff, the other 23 hours in the day are the hardest, Bennett said, and the album’s lyrics reflect that. The album feels caffeinated and razor-sharp, with songs delving deep into euphoria and isolation of touting.
Bennett gives a shout-out to the Rebellion Festival in his song “New Wave,” which is sure to be a fan favourite. The title track’s music was written by Bennett and his daughter Melody penned the lyrics, making it their first collaboration.
In addition to the Vibrators and the Members, Bennett has played with Julian Lennon Hugh Cornwell, Tom Robinson, Joan Armatrading, Toyah Wilcox and Eddie and The Hot Rods.
“Another Bump in the Road” was produced by former Vibrator Pat Collier and is a must for any music lover’s collection.