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A Short Conversation with MARTYN WARE

Journey in 20 Synths-01Synth trailblazers HEAVEN 17 recently won the title of ‘Sheffield’s Greatest Band of All Time’ following a public online poll, Still going strong 35 years on from the release of their debut album ‘Penthouse & Pavement’. Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory will commemorate the occasion this October with a concert tour. In the middle of rehearsals for assorted shows in the lead-up to the tour, Martyn Ware kindly took time out for an enlightening chat with TEC about a variety of topics... More Inside ›

CLOSE TO THE NOISE FLOOR Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984

CLOSE TO THE NOISE FLOOR artworkTwo years in the making, ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ is a Cherry Red Records compilation which binds together many of the formative roots of UK electronic music. It mixes up recognised artists such as THE HUMAN LEAGUE, BLANCMANGE, BEF, OMD and THROBBING GRISTLE side-by-side with those that for a variety of reasons, managed to remain in the shadows of obscurity. This compilation makes a worthy companion piece to the ‘Mute Audio Documents’ set . More Inside ›

An Interview with WALL OF SOUND’s Mark Jones

Mark Jones Portrait ShootBig corporations may have a stranglehold on the modern music industry, but it’s the genuine music enthusiasts with their independent labels and knowledge of their respected genres who feed it by their intuition to recognise talent. With Wall Of Sound now celebrating their 21st Anniversary with a compilation entitled ‘Walls Have Ears - 21 Years Of Wall Of Sound’ featuring the label’s highlights and previously unreleased BBC sessions, label impresario Mark Jones chatted to The Electricity Club. More Inside ›

A Beginner’s Guide To MARTYN WARE

MartynWare2011It was June 1978 when 'Being Boiled' was issued by Fast Records. It heralded a new dawn in pop music. The band behind it was THE HUMAN LEAGUE; comprising of Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh and Philip Oakey, they stated that their records would feature “synthesizers and vocals only”. And so began the illustrious career of Martyn Ware. In 1980, Ware left the band to form BEF and undertake a variety of projects, one of which was a pop group called HEAVEN 17. So what tracks would make up an imaginary twenty track double CD retrospective as an introduction to Martyn Ware’s work? With a restriction of one track per album project, this list is not a best of as such, but a chronological compendium of historic and artistic adventures. More Inside ›

Five Years of TEC: 30 Favourite Gigs 2010 – 2014

In the five years since its formation on 13th March 2010, The Electricity Club has reviewed over a hundred gigs and witnessed some fabulous live performances as well as some not so great ones… one was so bad in fact, TEC declined to submit a review in the end! Listed in chronological order with a restriction of one headline gig per artist, here are The Electricity Club’s 30 favourite gigs from the period between 2010 to 2014… modesty prevents The Electricity Club from listing its own TEC001, TEC002 and TEC003 events ;) More Inside ›

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