It’s easy to forget that not only have the Prodigy given us some of the greatest hits of the rave era and beyond with ‘Outer Space’ ‘Everybody In the Place’, ‘Charley Says’, ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Smack My Bitch Up’, they also gave a face to rave and to the rest of us donated the whole idea of selling a credible, uncompromising dance music album with the personality and punk panache of a rock artist – and sold 16 million albums in the process.
The Prodigy, who have been tearing up the Summer festivals with their blistering live performances, have recently completed the sell out The Invaders Academy Tour, these six dates saw the Prodigy going ‘back to basics’, as explained by the band: “After the two club shows we did in Sheffield and Birmingham earlier this year, we want to carry on that buzz with some smaller shows for the fans ahead of next years full-on album tour. Respect.” The Prodigy have announced their headlining slot at this year’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami on Saturday March 28 during WMC, more dates will be announced shortly. The band put out a free download as a taster of what’s to come with the title song “Invaders must Die”. This was a huge success and was hailed as the Hottest record in the world by Zane Lowe (Radio 1). On www.theprodigy.com the download and accompanying video stream received in excess of 1 million plays globally in the first 5 days and a further 350,000+ streams in the following week. Next up, OMEN the first official single to be taken from The Prodigy’s highly anticipated album Invaders Must Die is a white hot shot of pure pumped-up, punk rock Prodigy adrenaline beamed straight into the moshpit from rave central. Omen is everything you have ever wanted from The Prodigy condensed into three eardrum bothering minutes. Enough to make one froth at the mouth, the original edit for the video for OMEN was originally recalled as the editing was so fast, coupled with the lights of the live shows that it failed the Photosensitivity test that establishes whether or not a video is safe for viewing by people susceptible to seizures caused by rapid flashing lights (only the Prodigy)!
‘Invaders Must Die’ (March 3rd) is 40 minutes of having your head battered by future nostalgia, serotonin levels twisted by feel-good horrorcore and your synapses snapped by whiplash attitude. It’s the sound of The Prodigy mixing up genres, contorting the past and rewiring the future, ram-raiding through the tranquility of music’s status quo like a blot on the landscape of England’s dreaming. Invaders Must Die is the unique sound of The Prodigy, still trespassing after all these years, walking the path they’ve created for themselves. And with that free party attitude still breaking and entering where other’s can only dream of following.
– Clash (Feb 09)
“As devastating as you could hope for” – Mixmag (Feb 09)
“No other band has the crossover appeal of The Prodigy” – Kerrang!
“A frantic mash-up of breaks, rave and rock power all delivered in with the punk attitude that we know and love them for.” – DJ
“The Prodigy are back! And boy is it a welcome return.” – IDJ
“The Prodigy haven’t changed – they’ve just added enough new cusses to run up a national debt at the swear box.” The Guardian, live review****
“Brutal, skilful, faster, harder and more alive than ever before – the prodigal sons returned in style.” – Daily Star, live review
“Savage breakbeats, guitar hooks and plenty of swagger. It sounds like the second coming of the Jilted Generation.” – Metro
“The Prodigy are back to their best.” – The Daily Telegraph, live review ****
“The Prodigy can fairly be described as the techno equivalent of U2 or Oasis.” – The Independent, live review ****
“They’re baaack! The masters of the dance-rock hybrid are about to show us who the real daddies of the genre are!” – Kerrang!
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