At one of the most prolific stages of his career, Neil Arthur is also on an artistic high with the new BLANCMANGE long player ‘Unfurnished Rooms’ easily surpassing the lame 2017 effort by another act who were also showcased on the influential ‘Some Bizarre Album’ in 1981.
Playing host to the second date of the ‘Unfurnished Rooms’ tour was London’s 229, a spacious new venue with an unusually high stage opposite Great Portland Street tube station. Continue Reading ›
South Coast Blitz Poppers CURXES first made a splash back in 2011 when they were “a decorative set of bones, channelling the ghosts of discothèques past”.
With Roberta Fidora’s powerful vocals and Macaulay Hopwood’s nouvelle vague sensibilities, they issued ‘Precurxor’, an interim mini-album of their earlier material in 2014. Thus in the manner of John The Baptist, ‘Precurxor’ was the one that spoke of the one who will come after; ‘Verxes’ is that collection. Continue Reading ›
With a less intense release schedule than last year, it was a bit more straightforward for The Electricity Club to choose its songs of 2014. Whereas 2013 had a short list of 45 songs, 2014 was closer to 35 although not the struggle to find 30 as was the case in 2012.
As usual, they are listed in alphabetical order and all have been released either in physical formats, or digitally as purchasable or free downloads during the calendar year. Limited to one song per artist moniker, here are TEC’s 30 Songs of 2014. Continue Reading ›
When CURXES first made a splash on the scene back in Summer 2011, they were “a decorative set of bones, channelling the ghosts of discothèques past”. With minor keys and Chromatic chord structures , they sounded not unlike DEPECHE MODE being eaten by SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES.
Things have changed a little since then so before the debut album proper, CURXES have issued an interim mini-album of their excellent earlier material as a clearing of the decks exercise. Thus in the manner of John The Baptist, ‘Precurxor’ is the one that speaks of the one who will come after! Continue Reading ›