Chris Payne is perhaps best known as a sideman to Gary Numan and co-writing ‘Fade To Grey’ with Billy Currie and Midge Ure for VISAGE. But more recently, Payne released his second solo work 'The Falling Tower', an ambitious concept album with neo-classical stylings about “a social and political armageddon”.
The Rouen-based Cornishman took time out to chat to The Electricity Club about ‘The Falling Tower’ and the various projects he is currently involved in… Continue Reading ›
HARD CORPS were like a piece of a jigsaw that didn’t quite fit; utilising aesthetically entrancing KRAFTWERK-like electronic minimalism, produced by the legendary Martin Rushent and Daniel Miller, but restrained by a major label record contract that meant that they never fulfilled their true potential and only belatedly released one full length album.
Clive Pierce kindly spoke about his tenure in HARD CORPS with additional contributions from band members Hugh Ashton and Rob Doran. Continue Reading ›
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA formed in 1978 as an intended one-off project for producer and bass player Haruomi Hosono.
After Hosono hired two session musicians drummer Yukihiro Takahashi and keyboardist Ryuichi Sakamoto to record that debut self-titled album, the rest was history... ten bodies of work originally released by Alfa Records between 1978-1983 are being reissued as part of #YMO40. Continue Reading ›
In a period of some competent if quite average releases from independent British electronic acts, one pleasant surprise has been the debut single from AFTERDARK.
The project of Kent-based vocalist and songwriter Marie Williamson, ‘Gravity’ was written after she attended An Evening with Rusty Egan at Pizza Express Maidstone, having been inspired by The Blitz Club’s DJ’s many enlightening anecdotes and his 'Welcome To The Dancefloor' album. Continue Reading ›
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 ›