Whoever came up with the idea of putting TEARS FOR FEARS and ALISON MOYET together on a concert bill was a total genius!
Unsurprisingly at London’s O2 Arena, people started taking their seats early for ALISON MOYET’s eleven song opening set. Of course, the crowd were there for TEARS FOR FEARS, but there was a time ten months ago when all that was thrown into doubt due to “unforeseen health concerns” which postponed the original May 2018 tour. Continue Reading ›
DUBSTAR are back and after eighteen years since their last album ‘Make It Better’, ‘One’ is their first long playing offering as a duo.
Now comprising of Sarah Blackwood and Chris Wilkie, with the guitarist now taking on the songwriting duties, the new numbers naturally have more of a six string slant although that wonderfully forlorn vocal presence is still very much there. Is it asking too much to be given time? Not at all, the new DUBSTAR album has been well worth the wait. Continue Reading ›
‘Young Romance’ is the follow-up to ROOSEVELT’s first opus and it promises new levels of modern aesthetic euphoria based on the use of vintage synths and a step away from the dance directions previously enjoyed.
The work of Marius Lauber, this time around he wants it more synthpoppy with lighter, sunnier textures. Like any evolving artist, Lauber channels his confidence and re-lives past events in order to become clean. Continue Reading ›
There are many bands from the Synth Britannia-era that are often perceived as being electronic, when in fact they either started off in a traditional band format and integrated synthesizers/sequencers or remained like that throughout most of their career.
ULTRAVOX, NEW ORDER and GARY NUMAN all fell into that format, but what about others who have successfully managed to meld the rigidity and coldness of electronics with the more human element of guitars. Continue Reading ›
When Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith went to record 'Suffer The Children' as their debut single as TEARS FOR FEARS, it was producer David Lord who introduced them to synthesizers plus crucially, keyboard player Ian Stanley.
Orzabal and Smith had become fascinated by Arthur Janov's Primal Therapy and had named themselves after his theories which resolved to overcome childhood traumas through re-experiencing specific incidents and fully expressing the resulting pain during therapy. Continue Reading ›