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New Model Army make a welcome return with their powerful new album entitled “Winter", released on August 26, 2016.
This is their first full studio album since their acclaimed long-player “Between Dog and Wolf” in 2013, which, according to The Times “marks a creative renaissance for the band from Bradford". This album saw New Model Army receive the best critical response of their career and top 30 chart positions in UK and German - their highest since “The Love of Hopeless Causes“ 20 years previously . “Between Dog And Wolf” was shortly followed in 2014 by Matt Reid’s fascinating and absorbing documentary feature film “Between Dog And Wolf: The New Model Army Story” which had a successful run at worldwide film festivals. Its excellent reviews on home entertainment release (described in their 4-star review by Mojo as an “uplifting rags-to-more-rags tale of the cult-like post punks”) in turn created further world-wide interest in this unique and passionate group who have always remained true to themselves and successful on their own terms whilst remaining outside the mainstream.
“Winter” will be released on band’s own Attack Attack label via Red Essential in the UK and Ireland and with earMUSIC worldwide. Formats include CD Hardcover Mediabook, Double 180g-Vinyl Gatefold, download and streaming.
The album is a powerful and emotionally intense body of work. From the opening epic “Beginning” through to the closing song “After Something” the album builds on the new directions taken by “Between Dog And Wolf”, yet also has familiar echoes of the immediacy and engagement of the band’s classic albums “The Ghost of Cain” and “Thunder and Consolation”.
Says founder, lead Singer and main songwriter Justin Sullivan:
“Between Dog And Wolf” opened up a lot of creative doors for us, so it was exciting to go and look inside. The results were not necessarily planned – as usual we felt our way - but I think “Winter” has a really strong identity. It is very much the sound of people in difficult places – something that so many of us can relate to at the moment, on a lot of different levels. It is a much more of a band album than “Between Dog And Wolf” and we made a deliberate choice in mixing it to sound more aggressive and a little less polished.”
The album features striking artwork by long time artistic collaborator Joolz Denby.
Formed by Justin Sullivan in Bradford in 1980, New Model Army’s beginnings were inspired by Northern Soul, Punk Rock and the incendiary atmosphere of the times. Since then, they have had a long, creative and eventful journey. They have been massively influential in ‘post-punk’, ‘folk-rock’, ‘political-rock’, ‘goth’, ‘metal’ and all kinds of musical sub-cultures but they have steadfastly refused to belong to any club that would have them as members.
Without a specific ‘genre’ audience, and never having had a massive worldwide hit, New Model Army still have album sales in the millions, have attracted some of the biggest producers on the planet (Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd, Andy Wallace, Bob Clearmountain, Joe Barresi) and have built up an almost religious devotion amongst fans. Having grasped early on that the Internet was going to revolutionise the music industry, from the mid-1990s they set out on the now fashionable wholly independent path of controlling all aspects of their output. As a result, they have been perfectly placed to withstand the changes in the Industry and have outlasted most of their peers. There are very few bands in NMA’s position of being able to record and release what they like when they like, while maintaining a worldwide following and all without making a single artistic or commercial compromise.
Originally formed as a three piece, the current five piece features Michael Dean on drums, Dean White on keyboards and guitar, Marshall Gill on guitar and Ceri Monger on bass.
New Model Army Tour Dates 2016 Europe and UK dates :
26/8 - Volk im Schloss, Gross-Gerau (Festival)
27/8 - Parkfest, Waltrop (Festival)
30/09 – Maastricht, Muziekgieterij
01/10 – Alkmaar, Victorie
02/10 – Coesfeld, Fabrik
03/10 – Hamburg, Markthalle
04/10 – Berlin, Huxley's
05/10 – Leipzig, Werk 2
07/10 – Dresden, Beatpol
08/10 – Poznan, Eskulap
09/10 – Prague, Lucerna Music Bar
11/10 – Warsaw, Proxima
12/10 – Gdynia, Ucho
13/10 – Bialystock, Gwint
15/10 – Katowice, Mega Club
16/10 – Wroclaw, Eter
17/10 – Nuremberg, Hirsch
18/10 – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
19/10 – Munich, Backstage
20/10 – Hannover, Capitol
22/10 – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
23/10 – Luzern, Schuur
24/10 – Winterthur, Salzhaus
25/10 – Bern, Dachstock
26/10 – Strasbourg, La Laiterie
28/10 – Barcelona, Salamandra 1
29/10 – Valencia, Rock City 30/10 – Madrid, Sala Arena
09/11 – Buckley, Tivoli
10/11 – Cambridge, Junction
11/11 – Manchester, O2 Ritz
12/11 – Leeds, University Stylus
13/11 – Birmingham, O2 Institute 15/11 – Frome, Cheese and Grain
16/11 – Brighton, Concorde 2
17/11 – Reading, Sub89
18/11 – Cardiff, Tramshed 19/11 – Exeter, Phoenix
10/12 – Nottingham, Rock City
15/12 – London, O2 Forum
16/12 – Paris, Le Divan Du Monde
17/12 – Cologne, Palladium
18/12 – Amsterdam, Melkweg