Formed in 2008, CHEW LIPS rode on the wave of synth friendly female fronted acts of the period that included LITTLE BOOTS, LA ROUX, LADY GAGA and LADYHAWKE. With their “8-bit Casiotone drone-disco”, they quickly attracted the attention of hip tastemakers like BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq.
Their debut album 'Unicorn' was released in January 2010. However after signing to Sony, the long awaited second album has yet to appear. Continue Reading ›
Without doubt, Jo Callis is one of the unsung heroes of the Synth Britannia era. His three year tenure with THE HUMAN LEAGUE directly contributed to their imperial phase; his most famous song with the Sheffield electronic pioneers was ‘Don’t You Want Me?’ which reached No1 in both the UK and US charts.
Callis is about to return to the live circuit with his new band FINGER HALO. Now well and truly "back-Back-BACK", he kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his career. Continue Reading ›
VIENNA sounded like a dreamy, less industrialised cousin of HARD CORPS who supported DEPECHE MODE on the 'Music For The Masses' tour.
But the DM connections didn’t end there for Odile was Martin Gore’s girlfriend. She can be seen as part of the Mode entourage in the D A Pennebaker documentary ‘101’. In an exclusive interview, Odile Arias answered some questions that The Electricity Club put to her about VIENNA and her time in the DEPECHE MODE circle. Continue Reading ›
Nottinghamshire’s FATAL CHARM were, like several bands during the post-punk era, on the cusp of the big time on several occasions during their career but never quite broke through. The excellent first single with the new line-up ‘Paris’ was issued on Double D Records in 1981 and produced by Midge Ure.
However, line-up changes and label issues stalled any momentum gained on the ULTRAVOX and OMD tours. It wasn’t until 1984 when FATAL CHARM released probably their best known song ‘Summer Spies’ that things started moving again. Continue Reading ›
Named after the Latin phrase meaning “let there be light”, FIAT LUX were one of the most promising of the new synthesizer based acts that emerged following the success of DEPECHE MODE and SOFT CELL in 1981. Founded in 1982 by drama graduates Steve Wright and David Crickmore, the pair had met at college in Wakefield.
Wright joined the Yorkshire Actors theatre company where he met noted musician Bill Nelson. Suitably impressed by a demo Wright had given to him, Nelson produced two tracks ‘Feels Like Winter Again’ and ‘This Illness’ for release on his Cocteau Records label in November 1982. Continue Reading ›