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 ›
From Cherry Red Records, the makers of the ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ trilogy showcasing formative and experimental electronic music from the UK, Europe and North America, comes their most accessible electronic collection yet.
Subtitled ‘Independent British Synth Pop 78-84’, ‘Electrical Language’ is a boxed set covering the post-punk period when all that synthesizer experimentation and noise terrorism morphed into pop.
This was pop in a very loose manner with melodies, riffs and danceable rhythms. Largely eschewing the guitar and the drum kit, this was a fresh movement which sprung from a generation haunted by the spectre of the Cold War, Mutually Assured Destruction and the Winter of Discontent. Continue Reading ›
An interim collection of tracks before TINY MAGNETIC PETS’ third album 'The Point Of Collapse' is released, ‘The Politburo Disco’ EP follows on on the Dublin trio's previous Cold War themed offerings ‘The NATO Alphabet’ and ‘Stalingrad’ released in 2016 and 2014 respectively.
A wealth of quality material emerged from those standalone statements of interregnum. Following on as part of a trilogy, ‘The Politburo Disco’ EP is no different. Continue Reading ›
Sitting on the sofa with my now thirteen year old daughter, who over the years has acquired a rather sarcastic sense of humour (who on Earth does she get that from?!) and pondering how to approach this task of reviewing ‘The Electricity Club’ compilation, makes us both burst out with hearty laughter.
After all, she wants to rise to the occasion properly, and review things "just like Mummy does". Children have the innate ability to always tell the truth... Continue Reading ›
‘And You Thought You Were Normal: A Documentary Film About NASH THE SLASH’ asks what it is like to be an artist who is “not normal”. As it heads into post-production, a crowd funding campaign has been in progress to bring the project to completion.
Back in 2010, Stephen Roper interviewed NASH THE SLASH for his GARY NUMAN book ‘Back Stage: A Book Of Reflections’; he has kindly given permission to publish edited extracts of his delightful conversation with a unique individual. Continue Reading ›