Robert Plant Back To ‘The Big Voice’ With Sensational Space Shifters

As is so often the case with established hard rock singers (and they don’t come much more established than the frontman of Led Zeppelin), rock legend / Gandalf substitute Robert Plant has, of late, been working solely in country and folk. Though the posters may show him in his twenty-something, groin-thrusting prime, the 64 year-old took up an almost exclusively soft sound for his modern projects, namely work with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and, most lately, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy.

Plant’s latest outing, however, the Sensational Space Shifters, has been revealed as requiring the singer to rekindle his ‘big voice’. While it’s unlikely that Plant will be attempting any new hard rock material without Led Zep’s Jimmy Page, he took note in a Mississipi interview with The Telegraph to express a renewed interest in his first love, blues, and ‘the wild side of rock ’n’ roll’ – so expect gravelly wailing aplenty:

It did shape, and still does shape, the music from around here. It goes through to the Black Keys, to Jack White, to all over the place. There’s nothing new under the sun – you just get a can of paint out.

As can be heard in live performances, which have been made available online, the band have so far taken on an eerie, otherworldly quality, Juldeh Camara employing use of the riti (an african, single-stringed violin) and various percussions. Re-imaginings of Led Zeppelin numbers, including ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’, are in full, chant-like force, but the first official release will be “12 tracks, 11 originals and no sentimental stuff”. Watch this space.

If you’re lucky enough to be a South American fan, the band have announced a few tour dates, as follows:

November 1, 2012 – Luna Park    
Argentina, Buenos Aires. 

November 2, 2012 – Luna Park    
Argentina, Buenos Aires. 

November 4, 2012 – Orfeo Superdomo
Argentina, Cordoba

November 7, 2012 – Arena Movistar
Chile,  Santiago

November 9, 2012 – Jockey Club
Peru, Lima


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About Josh Gripton

Josh is an English student currently studying English Literature with Creative Writing at University in the UK. When he's not wasting time acquiring the grappling beam in Super Metroid, you'll find him being far more productive - listening to Black Sabbath and reading comics. He hopes his work at The Silver Tongue will help him get his writing out to the public and professional world, heaven forbid.