Combining musical template of THE HUMAN LEAGUE with lyrical wit of PULP, YOUNGER YOUNGER 28s were the shining light in synthpop during an era full of dour landfill indie like TRAVIS following the fallout from Britpop.
17 years on, The Electricity Club managed to trace Ashley Reaks somewhere in the city of London; he kindly chatted about the period when he “was nearly a crap pop star...” Continue Reading ›
New York-based OUR DAUGHTER’S WEDDING, who were named after a card divider in a gift shop, were arguably the most high-profile commercial US synth band to make any sort of impact in the UK.
Early single ‘Lawnchairs’ charted at No49 and has been a regular fixture in many electronic music single compilations ever since. TEC spoke to ex-ODW member Scott Simon about how musical life was for a synthesizer act based in the US. Continue Reading ›
The period between 1979-1983 was one of the most glorious and productive periods in British music. One of those vying for a slice of the action were THE MOOD, comprising of John Moore (vocals and guitar), Mark James Fordyce (drums, electronic percussion and synthesizers) and Eric James Logan (synthesizers and piano).
Mark James Fordyce kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about THE MOOD’s brief flirtation with stardom and what might have been. Continue Reading ›
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 ›