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.
With his profile at its highest since his HUMAN LEAGUE days, 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 ›
Undo Records are to release ‘History 1984-1991’, a special compilation box set of the lost French technopop act VIENNA. Influenced by KRAFTWERK and Synth Britannia acts, 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 ›
By the turn of the 21st century, synthpop as a genre was on life-support. Compared with the wealth of synthpop artists we have today things were pretty grim. But amid this dark and gloom, there was a glimmer of light reflecting off the disco balls. SCHMOOF were synthpop duo Sarah and Lloyd who made music […] Continue Reading ›