Traverse Town is an alt synth/indie rock band located south of Boston (US). Described as having a lush synth sound, they feature mostly electronic based songs with clean production, while also throwing it back to the 80's with infectious guitar riffs, synth pads, and catchy choruses. These are the type of melodies that will get stuck in your head for days.
After becoming a verified Spotify artist, reaching radio play by WBRU 95.5, gaining an additional member, and being featured by bigger blogs and channels like FUNSPEAR MUSIC and Fancy Melancholic, they have now signed on with the London based label Aztec Records, to release their upcoming EP entitled 'Killer'.
The opening track is the perfect example of their acute sense for songwriting, evocative lyrics and love for a driving beat, sparse synth and guitar arrangements and a 'killer' synth hook.
The second track on the EP, 'More Of Me' starts with an upbeat guitar riff which sets the tone for a summery song that contrast with the troubled relationship displayed in the lyrics.
Written by Pmachine 26 Feb 2018, 12:00120 Views
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Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time at The O2, on Sunday 30 September 2018, in their first UK show for 15 years.
Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye', as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003. This will be the band's ONLY and last EVER show.
One of the most influential groups to emerge from the electronic music scene in the UK in the 1980s, Soft Cell produced five albums of original material, book-ended by their debut; 1981's 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret', and 2002's 'Cruelty Without Beauty'. The incredible string of hits Soft Cell produced during this time, including ten tracks that reached the UK Top 40 singles charts, need little introduction.
The unique combination of Dave Ball's musicianship and Marc Almond's tender yet assured delivery on songs such as 'Memorabilia', 'Torch', and of course their trademark 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' inhabits a unique place in British music history.
'Tainted Love', Soft Cell's boundless Number One hit, is perhaps the most emblematic and evocative song of the era. A cover of Gloria Jones' Northern Soul staple that kept the original's yearning tone, Soft Cell enveloped the track with a slowed down instantly recognisable synth riff - a nod to pop music's past, yet wholly updated with the fresh, modern sound of the 80s that still holds up to this day.
Intervening years have seen both Marc Almond and Dave Ball's talent recognised with successful solo careers in their own right, with Marc Almond awarded an Ivor Novello Inspiration Award in 2013, as well as an OBE this year's New Year's Honours List. Dave Ball went on to form The Grid, peaking with million-selling international hit 'Swamp Thing', as well as working as a producer and writer for the likes of Kylie Minogue and remixer for David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Yello & The B-52's.
On performing their best-loved hits together again, Marc Almond commented "With Soft Cell I always felt something was unfinished. This last ever final show will be the best ever ending. It will be a real statement and send off, and thank you to every fan"
Dave Ball added "We live in very interesting times, and 2018 promises to be a very special year".
Written by Pmachine 14 Feb 2018, 22:00142 Views
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The new single, Sister, is out now. Features Corinne Bailey Rae
Plus Andrew Weatherall remixes.
More music from me! It's the second single from my upcoming album Record. It's called Sister and features guest appearances from Corinne Bailey Rae and Warpaint's Jenny (bass) and Stella (drums). An eight-minute feminist groove anthem, it also comes with Andrew Weatherall remixes. Out on Merge Records in North America and Unmade Road/Caroline in the Rest of The World. Hope you love it.