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Live at Cockpit
Wednesday, 5th September 2012
Mainstay of cult indie label '4AD' Modern English have been classified as contemporaries to 'Joy Division', 'Wire', 'U2', 'Simple Minds' and 'Duran Duran'. Their iconic US Billboard chart breaker, 'I Melt With You', still remains in the US consciousness due to over three million radio airplays and was recently re-recorded for the Mark Pellington movie 'I Melt With You'.
They started in 1978 when a group of friends in Colchester, spurred on by the punk explosion, formed 'Modern English'. Leaving the punk sound behind but keeping its ethic of raw power they added keyboards and developed an art-rock sound and a cult following. They soon came to the attention of Ivo Watts-Russell, who signed them up for his fledgling label '4AD'. Their first singles were UK independent top 50 hits and led to two John Peel Sessions. Their first album 'Mesh & Lace' is still regarded as a post-punk classic reaching the top 5 of the UK Independent chart and including artwork by celebrated 80's cover artist Vaughn Oliver, who produced the artwork for all their subsequent releases. For their second album they encamped with legendary producer Hugh Jones who created a whole new sound, described by a reviewer as 'dreamy, creamy'. The resulting 4AD album 'After The Snow' and single 'I Melt With You' caught the US imagination and became US Billboard Chart hits with a follow up 'sold out' US tour. In 2010 took the decision to reform the original classic 4AD line up of Robbie Grey (vocals), Gary McDowall (lead guitar), Mick Conroy (bass) and Steve Walker (keyboards) plus recent collaborator Steven Walker (guitars). They will be touring in the UK for the first time in 25 years drawing heavily from their early 4AD material but also including new songs written by the original line up, with a campaign through 'Pledge' to get them recorded and released for 2013. This promises to be a phenomenal comeback for those who remember the excitement of the sounds of the late 70's & early 80's.