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 ›
As the old adage goes, “misery loves company…” and it cannot be denied that some huge selling albums have been written following dark times in an artist’s life.
So what happens when things start to become a bit peachy? The royalties come rolling in, your singer starts dating a celebrity boy/girlfriend and you pay off your mortgage? Do you still continue to write about the dark feelings and circumstances that initially gave you fame and fortune? Continue Reading ›
Having played venues such as Glastonbury, Rock Am Ring and Wembley Arena, the prospect of seeing WHITE LIES at one of three consecutive shows at the intimate 300 capacity Hoxton Bar & Kitchen sparked a frenzy for tickets which became available after an initial lottery system.
So why Hoxton Bar & Kitchen? The reason being that this tiny venue was where the 3 piece debuted as WHITE LIES back in February 2008 (the occasion celebrates that 5 year anniversary) and also serves as a launch/test bed for new material from their upcoming third album 'Big TV'. Continue Reading ›
Alan Wilder has been a very busy man lately. Following a 52 city world tour to celebrate 25 years of the Recoil project and an auction of memorabilia from his career including his time with Depeche Mode, he got straight into production for his Recoil concert film 'A Strange Hour In Budapest' which is to be released exclusively on Blu-ray.
Meanwhile, he has also been acting as the musical and production supervisor for 'Spirit Of Talk Talk', a double tribute album celebrating the visionary band who released a series of highly regarded albums and even had several hit singles. Alan Wilder took time out to chat about one of his favourite bands.. Continue Reading ›