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 ›
Giving your back catalogue an orchestral rework has become the thing to do of late, be it using classical musicians as a bolster for a full band performance such as the farewell live A-HA shows at the Royal Albert Hall, or the recent performances by the likes of COVENANT, VNV NATION or OOMPH as part of the Gothic Meets Classics concerts where synths are replaced by wood, brass and strings.
One musician who has worked with large orchestral groups over the years is MIDGE URE. Continue Reading ›
MIDGE URE needs no introduction as one of the UK’s most highly regarded songwriters and musicians. Having become fascinated by KRAFTWERK when they hit the UK charts with ‘Autobahn’ in 1975, he purchased his first synth, a Yamaha CS50 in 1977.
Best known for his involvement in ULTRAVOX and VISAGE, The Electricity Club looks back at MIDGE URE’s great adventure in electronic music via this twenty track Beginner’s Guide, with a restriction of one track per album / project… Continue Reading ›
Described as “A human cannonball of electronic sounds”, ELECTRONIC CIRCUS was co-founded by Chris Payne, the keyboard and viola virtuoso who was a member of Gary Numan’s band between 1979 to 1990. He notably co-wrote ‘Fade To Grey’.
ELECTRONIC CIRCUS began life in 1981 with a single entitled ‘Direct Lines. Gathering together some of the original band including Paul Johnson Rogers, Tim Vince and Mike Stewart, Payne has put together a new four song EP inspired by the song. Continue Reading ›
From the ashes of ANALOG ANGEL come forth RAINLAND and their debut EP ‘Touch’.
The Weegie duo of Ian Ferguson and Derek MacDonald were the musical lynchpin of their previous band and now free of the industrial shackles that occasionally held them back, their self-titled number ‘Rainland’ is a stomping synthpop statement, embroiled in a musicality that provides an almost joyous journey through the Grampian Mountains. Continue Reading ›