Tag: Strangers

TEC’s 2012 End Of Year Review

The year began with the housewives’ favourite astronomer Brian Cox naming several synth friendly classics like OMD’s ‘Messages’ and DURAN DURAN’s ‘Friends Of Mine’ in his choices for ‘Desert Island Discs’ as well as declaring an appreciation of ULTRAVOX. And as with the strap line to ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’ (which featured the use of an ARP 2500 to communicate with the aliens incidentally!), it proved to many a synth enthusiast that “we are not alone”! Continue Reading ›

The Electricity Club’s 30 SONGS OF 2012

Here are The Electricity Club’s 30 Songs of 2012, listed in alphabetical order. All have been released either in physical formats or digitally as purchasable or free downloads during the calendar year. However, the list is limited to one song per artist and does not include tracks which are exclusive to streams and videos or DJs only promos like the excellent remix of REPUBLICA’s ‘Christiana Obey’… so maybe next year perhaps? Continue Reading ›


One trio getting a lot of attention of late has been anthemic combo STRANGERS. Led by vocalist David Maddox-Jones, formally of the Parlophone signed THE DEPARTURE, his songcraft is augmented by Rachmaninov loving keyboardist Piers S Robert and one time Young Drummer Of The Year, Raife Hacking. Their previous single ‘Shine On You’ was commended by Vince Clarke via Twitter and used by the BBC during their coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Continue Reading ›

BAS II – Basildon’s Electro Synth Weekend

Several cities have a special place in the heart of the heart of electronic music lover; Düsseldorf, Sheffield, Berlin, but none has more resonance than Basildon. This new town in Essex was the birthplace of the world’s biggest electronic band DEPECHE MODE, as well as YAZOO and a host of related acts. Given this remarkable musical legacy, it is surprising that Basildon has done little to celebrate its most famous sons. That is, until now. Continue Reading ›

Introducing STRANGERS

STRANGERS are a synth friendly noir-ish trio from London. The band consist of David Maddox-Jones (vocals), Raife Hacking (drums) and Piers S Robert (keyboards). The excellent 'If I Found Love' from EP1 recalls THE CURE’s 'Love Song' crossed with NEW ORDER. Their three EPs so far collect together a variety of dramatic templates ranging from new wave and synthpop to industrial and goth. However, STRANGERS cannot really be classified within any of those. Continue Reading ›