Sleep of the Just

by Liberty Cage

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about

Liberty Cage were formed as celebrated indie/roots band Men They Couldn’t Hang took a temporary break in 1991. From that group, songwriters Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers (vocals/guitar) and Paul Simmonds (guitar) recruited Paul’s brother Neil Simmonds (double bass) and ‘just decided to go into a studio in Brighton and see what happened’. After multi-instrumentalist Dave Kent and former Tender Trap drummer Simon Lomond joined, Liberty Cage quickly established a strong reputation for their live shows - an aptitude they shared with their former incarnation. In Paul Simmonds and Phil Odgers they similarly possessed two talented lyricists, capable of combining folky humanism with caustic political tracts. This was confirmed by the May 1994 release of Sleep Of The Just, a self-produced and financed album recorded during ‘studio down-time’. Though strong early demo material such as ‘This Side Of The Street’ had been jettisoned, new songs such as ‘Mercy Of The Guards’ and ‘Fire Below’ ably compensated. Though the songs were played with punk ferocity, the album indelibly cast Liberty Cage as a folk band, just as the Men They Couldn’t Hang had been before them. As Paul Simmonds conceded: ‘The best folk music will have something to say in 100 years when pop fads become sociologist’s footnotes and clothes to laugh at.’

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released January 2, 1994

Recorded at Vons Studios London March / July 1993
Produced by Liberty Cage / Alan Adiri

Phil Odgers - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Paul Simmonds - 6 string and 12 string Guitar and Mandolin
Neil Simmonds - Double Bass, Saxophone, Bass, Guitar
Dave Kent - Vocals, Whistle, Harmonica, Trumpet

Guest Musicians
Nick Muir - Piano, Accordion, Organ
Bobby Valentino - Violin
John the Coat - Acoustic Guitar on CDC (which he wrote)
Julia Walters - backing vocals on Throwing Stones at the Sea)

Album Photos by Andy Booth
Artwork designed by Mark Thompson


Song Writing Credits
Dave Kent (tracks 8, 12)
John Bishop (track 11)
Neil Simmonds (tracks: 3, 6)
Paul Simmonds (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 11)
Philip Odgers (tracks: 5, 7)
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 4 023290 129363
Label Code: 6155

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Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers is one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of UK folk rebel rockers The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Vancouver and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in.
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