The Levellers is a group, formed in 1988 in Brighton, England. Current members are Jon Sevink (fiddle), Charlie Heather (drums), Jeremy Cunningham (bass, bouzouki), Alan Miles (harmonica, mandolin, guitar, vocals) and Mark Chadwick (banjo, guitar, vocals).They forged as a pseudo-hippie and slightly punky folk-rock band with a Celtic taste to it. The band started its career from releasing two EPs on their own label back in 1989, which resulted in a contract with Musidisc.
About The Levellers
A Weapon Called The Word
The Levellers first album called “A Weapon Called The Word” was released in 1990. Right after that Miles left the band and Simon Friend quickly replaced him. The next year the Levellers gave up on Musidisc label and continued with China Records. Their song, called “Levelling The Land”, was released later that year. It ended up entering UK charts as number 14 and going gold soon after. The first single from the album - “One Way” - has ended up on the position number 1 on the indie charts. The group’s tour was sold out.
All this success led to signing the contract with America record company Elektra. The success continued through 1992 with even more sold out tours in Europe and hit EP called “Fifteen Years”.
However, the band was still making just a small impression in States. All year in 1993 the band dedicated to working on their second album “Levellers”. In the meantime, the band continued touring and even released the singles compilation named “See Nothing, Hear Nothing, Do Something”. Their new album didn't contain the same number of hits, and it didn’t get the same amount of positive feedback, but it was loved by the Levellers fans. However, the followers started to somewhat diminish in 1996, after the group releases “Live: Headlights, White Liners, Black Tar Rivers”.
They made a break soon after and stormed back in 2003 with “Green Blade Rising” and “Truth & Lies” two years later.