2019 was a year of 40th Anniversaries, celebrating the synth becoming the sound of pop when ‘Are Friends Electric?’ reached No1 in the UK chart in 1979.
Despite the fall of The Berlin Wall 30 years ago, there were more evident swipes to the right than there had been for a long time, with the concept of Brexit Electro becoming a rather unpleasant reality. So in these more sinister times, the need for classic uplifting electronic pop was higher than ever. Continue Reading ›
Although best known as the voice for FM-84, Ollie Wride has ventured solo with his recently released debut album ‘Thanks In Advance’, co-produced by Michael Oakley.
A very immediate pop album with a suave presence and that classic MTV friendly feel, the positive acclaim for ‘Thanks In Advance’ has led to Wride announcing his first solo concert in London on Saturday 16th November 2019. The Electricity Club had the pleasure of talking to Ollie Wride about his career to date. Continue Reading ›
The stylish figure of Ollie Wride could become popwave’s own Bryan Ferry. Just as Ferry had a parallel solo career alongside ROXY MUSIC, the suave lead vocalist for FM-84 on songs like 'Wild Ones' has been partying like it’s 1985 on his enjoyable debut long player ‘Thanks In Advance’.
Ollie Wride has proved with ‘Thanks In Advance’ that he can cut it on his own outside of the FM-84 nest. Continue Reading ›
Toronto based Glaswegian MICHAEL OAKLEY rode the Synthwave with his debut solo EP ‘California’ in late 2016. Admittedly more synthpop than Synthwave, Oakley’s songcraft was what set him apart from much of that Trans-Atlantic influenced movement.
His debut full-length offering ‘Introspect’ sees MICHAEL OAKLEY re-exploring the music of his teenage years. In particular, Oakley has studied that era's now retrospectively unique sound design. Continue Reading ›
Synthilicious ditties aren’t usually the thing of the colder climates of Toronto, but as far DANA JEAN PHOENIX is concerned, the Atari worthy tracks flow like liquid candy; pink and glossy, sweet and retro.
DANA JEAN PHOENIX offers feel good music that doesn’t have to be too serious and too complicated. With a European tour approaching and an Outland hosted event in London at Easter, The Electricity Club had the pleasure to chat with the Alternative Ice Maiden. Continue Reading ›