Founding fathers of the New Romantics and pioneers of the 80s sound
Visage, return with a new album "Hearts And Knives" due for release in
May 2013. Visage began in 1978 when Steve Strange and Blitz Club
partner-in-crime Rusty Egan joined forces with Midge Ure to create a
futuristic, synthesizer-led group where style and
fashion were matched by experimental but accessible music. The group was
soon Magazine and Billy Currie. They recorded their first single Tar
with Martin Rushent at his Genetic Studio in 1978 (shortly to become the
birthplace of the Human League Dare album). Their breakthrough track
"Fade To Grey" became a European hit and reached number 1 in 8 countries
in 1980. As the public face of the band Steve Strange shot to stardom
throughout Europe and beyond.
Steve Strange has been through his own share of highs and lows in the
past 29 years. His emergence as a fashion and style icon of the 80s and
beyond is one of the many highs. Steve had always believed that Visage
had not yet reached its endpoint. Slowly the circumstances and pieces
started falling into place to enable a new album to come to fruition.
Firstly Steve reconnected with Steve Barnacle (a Visage band member from
the 1984 Visage album "Beatboy") and began writing songs once more.
This was augmented when ex Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon joined into
the equation bringing not only a large slice of shared musical DNA (that
"Visage sound") to the project but also his own distinctive style and
ethereal musicianship. Lauren Duvall joined adding not only her sultry
vocal ability but also a slice of the classic Visage glamour. Secondly
the environment and interest in 80's fashion, style and music continues
on unabated. The phone continues to ring for shows, television, news and
exhibitions. Later in 2013 Steve Strange is the subject of a large
format coffee table book "Blank Canvas" in conjunction with AAC books
and the V&A museum.
Visage has also been one part Fashion & Style and one part music.
With the first single from the album "Shameless Fashion" encapsulates
both those components. The subject matter addresses some of the darker
sides of the Fashion industry. It's a world that Steve Strange has lived
and breathed. It can burn with the brightness of lights but it also has
the painfully-sweet dark underbelly as well. Sound wise the track
takes a production template from the bands 1982 hit the "The Anvil" .
Raucous Synth-bass and (real) drums provide the body to the song. These
are augmented with distorted hooky guitars which power the chorus along.
Visage in the past have added in some international language
variations and with "Shameless Fashion" is no exception. The package
features German, French, Italian and Japanese flavored versions.
The new Visage album "Hearts and Knives" is due for release in May 2013.