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Blancmange Release ‘Happy Families Too’ April 7 – Pre-order Now Available

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‘Happy Families Too’

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Released April 7, 2014

“Withering, witty and clever” – The Guardian
“Fresh and arresting” – Mojo

RE-IMAGINED AND RE-RECORDED DELUXE EDITION FEATURING REMIXES FROM VINCE CLARKE, KOMPUTER, GREG WILSON & DEREK KAYE, ALONG WITH EXTRA TRACK ‘RUNNING THIN’

Eccentric musical pioneers, Blancmange melded a unique sound, bringing together electronic and eastern influences with a distinct dance floor sensibility. The resulting album, ‘Happy Families’, with its mixture of theatricality and sincerity won them a legion of fans.

From their origins making experimental synth wave, to the chart-topping yet cool and credible hits, Blancmange were at the very heart of 1980s club culture, from support slots with Grace Jones, to killer 12” remixes by the likes of John Luongo. Their tracks were on regular rotation in sweaty nightclubs from New York, to Berlin to London, forming part of sets reflecting the open minded “as long as it moves the floor” policy of the time, that would see their records blended seamlessly with disco, post punk, EBM, new beat and early house. Their music also sat with equal comfort alongside both the synth pop of piers OMD or Human League and leftfield cult figures like Cabaret Voltaire or XTC and was undoubtedly popular with many of the leading electronic music pioneers worldwide. Predating the acid house explosion and the many subsequent sub genres, Blancmange’s music is a key cornerstone in the musical landscape that shaped both the original electronic music boom and its huge lasting legacy.

Happy Families Too’ features the exclusive ‘Running Thin,’ with several brand new remixes by Vince Clarke, Greg Wilson & Derek Kaye and London based electronic band Komputer. These five special tracks emphasis Arthur’s desire to continually move Blancmange’s music forward in new and interesting directions.

Their influence on the past few years’ slew of electro revivalists like La Roux, Hot Chip and Metronomy has been well documented, but of equal note is the likelihood that anyone partying from Dalston, Peckham, Brixton and beyond in recent times is likely to have heard Blancmange tracks fitting perfectly into sets by hip party selectors proffering cold wave, Balearic, electronic oddities, cosmic disco, house and even techno.

For the first time ever, the November 2013 tour saw Blancmange take the album to the stage in its entirety. And, never one to stand still, Neil Arthur has given the songs that won such popular acclaim three decades ago a thoroughly 21st century spin, with a fresh look at an album that influenced so many.

Neil refers to the new versions, which include fan favourites ‘I Can’t Explain’, ‘Waves’ ‘Feel Me’ and the Top 10 hit ‘Living On The Ceiling’ – as an “interpretation”. “I just wanted to approach the songs using today’s technology,” he says. “Every time we perform it’s a different interpretation. So rather than just dust off the old songs, I wanted to bring something fresh to the project and make it a contemporary reworking rather than an exact imitation.”

Due to continuing health issues, Stephen Luscombe was unable to join Neil on the tour. However, Neil was joined for the entire list of dates by guitarist David Rhodes, who performed on the original album, and sound engineer Adam Fuest, a long-time collaborator who will be manipulating the live sound and visuals.

The intention is to do something a bit like Roxy Music did with Brian Eno processing sounds live during a performance,” says Neil. “It might be less predictable, it might even be a bit chaotic! But I like the excitement of that, the chance element – the feeling I’m moving forward creatively.”

With a brand new album slated for released later in 2014 the time is ripe for yet more Blancmange action.

Preview ‘Feel Me’ from the album here on Soundcloud:

Pre-order the album from the following links:

Cherry Red Records Store

iTunes

• This CD is released 7th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1. I CAN’T EXPLAIN.
2. FEEL ME.
3. I’VE SEEN THE WORD.
4. WASTED.
5. LIVING ON THE CEILING.
6. WAVES.
7. KIND
8. SAD DAY
9. CRUEL.
10. GOD’S KITCHEN.
11. RUNNING THIN.
12. FEEL ME (GREG WILSON & DEREK KAYE MIX)
13. LIVING ON THE CEILING (VINCE CLARKE MIX)
14. CRUEL (KOMPUTER MIX)
15. GOD’S KITCHEN (KOMPUTER MIX)

Blanc News Flash! Cork & Dublin Dates Canceled.

It is with regret that once again it seems that our forthcoming trip to Ireland has had to be canceled for reasons beyond our control.

We obviously appreciate the disappointment as we announce this news, but as a gesture, we have decided to give every ticket
holder a copy of the “Happy Families too…” CD!

All we need is a photo of your ticket stub for either of the Cork or Dublin dates sent to info@blancmange.co.uk (detailing your name and address) and we will
put a CD in the post with our compliments!

Of course this offer does not affect your statutory rights, and you are of course entitled to a full refund subject to contract from the outlet
where your ticket(s) were purchased from.

Who knows, we may be able to see you all later in the year….third time lucky?

Blanc across the Irish Sea

Rescheduled “happy families too” dates and ticket links. 

baker’s dozen – Neil Arthur’s Favourite Albums

Here’s my “baker’s dozen” favourite albums and some aspects of why! A big thank you to Mic Wright and The Quietus.

click the photo to the link!

HAPPY BLANC NEW YEAR 2014.

CHEERS MY DEARS. HAVE A SPLENDID NEW YEAR. SEE YOU IN 2014. Here’s short film featuring new song “Acid Tongue” (instrumental mix).