Maurice Ravel once said: “Whatever sauce you put around the melody is a matter of taste. What is important is the melodic line”.
What Lloyd Cole has always managed within his songs throughout his career, be it ‘Perfect Skin’, ‘Rattlesnakes’ or ‘Like Lovers Do’ is strong melodic lines. Coupled with his bittersweet lyricism, he has been one of the UK’s leading exponents of masterful glum rock. But for ‘Guesswork’, he has put synthesizers and drum machines into his textural palette. Continue Reading ›
LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS were the kings of Glum Rock. But for a 2015 German tour, Lloyd Cole announced: "I’m calling these shows LIVE ELECTRONICS, and I should be clear here – there will be none of my songs performed, I will not be singing at all, or playing guitar. My instrument will be my modular synthesizer, along with some effects units and maybe a keyboard."
Cole has been putting that modular knowhow into a song based format with a charming new synthy single 'Violins'. Continue Reading ›
Gary Daly is best known as the lead vocalist and synth player of CHINA CRISIS. Together with bandmate Eddie Lundon, the pair have released seven acclaimed albums and while they continue to tour regularly, Daly has taken the plunge with a full length solo record entitled ‘Gone From Here’.
While on a UK tour with Howard Jones, the CHINA CRISIS frontman kindly talked to The Electricity Club about his continuing artistic motivations, digging out his old synths and much more… Continue Reading ›
The Grade II listed London Palladium saw the double-bill of HOWARD JONES and CHINA CRISIS reunited after the two acts shared the same bill over twenty five years ago, albeit reversed.
CHINA CRISIS were one of the bands, along with OMD, that helped give Jones exposure when the artist was first starting out, so it was fitting that the two acts should again share the same stage. It was a timely reminder also that HOWARD JONES remains on top of his game with his new material. Continue Reading ›
Celebrating the 35th anniversary of his debut album ‘Humans Lib’, synth veteran HOWARD JONES will be touring UK theatres in May. The tour also signals the launch of his brand new album ‘Transform’ which features the sparklingly catchy ‘Hero In Your Eyes’ and ‘Tin Man’, a distant musical relative to early B-side ‘Change The Man’.
The Electricity Club was extremely pleased to be able to speak to HOWARD JONES during a break from rehearsals for the forthcoming ‘Transform’ tour. Continue Reading ›