One-time Leeds Polytechnic art students SOFT CELL set the blueprint for acts such as PET SHOP BOYS and ERASURE with their stark synthesizer driven pop and were undoubtedly ahead of their time. Marc Almond and Dave Ball had an amazing run of Top 40 hit singles between 1981-1984.
On a sunny August day, Dave Ball took time out from preparations for the final concert and kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about SOFT CELL and their life of vice… Continue Reading ›
SOFT CELL had an amazing run of Top 40 hit singles between 1981-1984. Now, Marc Almond and Dave Ball will say hello and wave goodbye with a final concert at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday 30th September 2018 and a celebratory boxed set out released a few weeks before entitled 'Keychains & Snowstorms: The SOFT CELL Story'.
The boxed set was recently launched with a new remix of the fan favourite ‘Martin’, reimagined for 2018 by Dave Ball using only the original studio parts. Continue Reading ›
Fiction Studios is a boutique recording studio located right in the heart of Central London, it was set up by brothers Dominic and Nathan Cooper in 2016; Dominic is best known for his role in the film ‘Mamma Mia’ while Nathan was a member of THE MODERN and today performs as KID KASIO.
The studio also features an array of classic analogue gear which The Electricity Club decided would be a good reason to visit and challenge Nathan Cooper to a round of Vintage Synth Trumps… Continue Reading ›
‘Hits & Pieces’ celebrates the career of MARC ALMOND, one of the most prolific and subversive artists of the last four decades.
Almond once said that for an artist to be “truly subversive”, they had to have “access to the mainstream”. Making his name in SOFT CELL with Dave Ball, the duo were undoubtedly ahead of their time and set the blueprint for acts such as PET SHOP BOYS and ERASURE. Continue Reading ›
Dave Ball is best known as the musical genius of SOFT CELL. Together with Marc Almond, they recorded ‘Tainted Love’, a marvellous hybrid of Northern Soul and KRAFTWERK that was possibly Synth Britannia’s first true crossover song. Ball and Almond became unlikely pin-ups with poster spreads in ‘Smash Hits’.
Dave Ball kindly agreed to a chat with The Electricity Club about his career with SOFT CELL, THE GRID and more. Continue Reading ›