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THE MISSION
“Keep It In The Family”
The First Single from the New Album "GOD IS A BULLET"
Out Now on Cooking Vinyl
www.themissionuk.com / www.myspace.com/themissionuk
The Mission, who celebrate their 21st Anniversary this year, have announced that they will be releasing a new album, God Is A Bullet.

God Is A Bullet is an album full of swagger, confidence and good tunes. Lyrically diverse, its subjects include incest, animal cruelty, cross dressing and role playing, Liverpool FC, voyeurism, love as an addiction and love as a celebration, psychotherapy, war on terrorism and even premature ejaculation. Granted, it’s not your typical top 40 lyrics but the subjects are probably closer to most people’s hearts than they would care to admit. It also boasts the contributions of some very special guests : Simon Hinkler, original guitarist with The Mission; Tim Bricheno, original guitarist of All About Eve; Julianne Regan, vocalist with All About Eve, who also sang on early Mission recordings such as ‘Severina’ and ‘Beyond The Pale’; cellist Caroline Dale (Page & Plant, Dave Gilmour, Oasis) and violinist Cathy Thompson (Michael Nyman band, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams).

The album was recorded between September and December 2006 at Nam studios, near Bath and at Wayne’s own Green Room studio in Brazil, and was also produced by Wayne.

The Mission was formed by Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams in 1986 after they left The Sisters Of Mercy. Over the past 21 years, the band has sold in excess of 4 million records worldwide and racked up 14 Top 40 UK hits. During this time, the band has endured many line-up changes and experienced the peaks and troughs that would, and has in some cases, killed off many bands made of less sterner stuff. That The Mission still exist and command a fanatically loyal worldwide audience, stands as testament to their durability and the quality of both their recorded output, and the excitement of their live shows.


 
 
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"The Mission are a very influential band who haven't always gotten the respect they deserve... this new album shows that more than two decades on they are still capable of delivering the goods, and making a record that more than stands up against the current breed to whom The Mission have been mentors" Ian Camfield (XFM radio, VH1) January 2007

"Twenty one years later and The Mission have weathered better than most of their contemporaries and still produce massive edifices of sound, hewn from elemental material. This is probably due to the fact that they were always a timeless rock group rather than goth band to begin with. My head and my heart are looking forward to seeing the boys on tour ripping up Europe and catching up with them for a drink or two. My liver on the other hand, is wincing at the prospect." John Doran (Record Collector, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer) January, 2007

2007 sees the 21st anniversary of The Mission. A time to reflect? Maybe.....

The Mission were formed by Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams in early 1986 after they’d left The Sisters Of Mercy. In the time since they have enjoyed worldwide album sales in excess of 4 million and they have racked up 14 Top 40 UK hits, including such venerable Mission classics as ‘Severina’, ‘Wasteland’, ‘Tower Of Strength’, ‘Butterfly On A Wheel’ and ‘Deliverance’.

During this period The Mission rightfully earned the reputation of being one of the best and most exciting live bands in the world, winning countless accolades and inspiring both lurid media stories and a fanatical following as they toured the world constantly, including highlights such as seven sold out consecutive shows at the Astoria Theatre in London, and headlining some of Europe’s most prestigious festivals including the famous Reading Festival twice.

The Mission have also endured many line-up changes and experienced the peaks and troughs that would, and have, surely killed off many bands made of less sterner stuff. The distinctive voice, unique guitar style, and songwriting prowess of Wayne Hussey remains as the one constant throughout and that The Mission still exist and still command a fanatically loyal worldwide audience stands as testament to their durability and the quality of both their recorded output and the excitement of their live shows.

2007 sees the 21st anniversary of The Mission. A time to look forward? For sure.....

The Mission release their new album ‘God Is A Bullet’ in April, followed by new single ‘Keep It In The Family’ in May, and to celebrate all of this activity the band embark on a European tour ‘Tour Is A Bullet’ later that month, including a first ever visit to Israel. It would’ve been easy for the band to revisit past glories but they’ve resisted. They are not looking backward. They are looking forward. The Mission have recorded an album that is brave and adventurous. It’s a ‘guitar’ album full of swagger, confidence, good tunes and, in Wayne Hussey, a songwriter that is at the very top of his game. Musically, it is sometimes brazen, it is sometimes a whisper. It is sometimes brutal, it is sometimes seduction. It is what every Mission fan is surely hoping for without being what they’re expecting. “I know it’s what every artist claims, that their new work is their best yet, but I do genuinely believe that this album has a consistency and energy that hasn’t been there since the first album, ‘God’s Own Medicine’. It was certainly the most fun to record and I felt very comfortable working with this line-up. It has a looseness, a lack of preciousness if you want, to it that I don’t feel has ever really been there before”, observes Hussey.

Produced by Wayne ‘God Is A Bullet’ features 15 new songs recorded between September and December 2006. Basic tracks being recorded at Nam studios, near Bath in England with the rest of the album being completed at
Hussey‘s own ‘Green Room’ studio in Brazil.

Lyrically, it is the most diverse set of lyrics ever composed by Wayne. Some of the themes visited on this album include incest, animal cruelty, cross dressing and role playing, Liverpool FC, voyeurism, love as addiction and love as celebration, psychotherapy, war on terrorism, and even premature ejaculation! Granted, not your typical top 40 lyrics but subjects that are probably closer to all of our hearts than we’d care to admit. Wayne says “I’ve always tried to write about things that I feel passionately about but sometimes that has gotten to be quite linear. With this album I feel that the subject matter is broader with quite a few of the songs being written from a vicarious view point, rather than in the first person which is how I have traditionally written. I’m loving this new role of being the voyeur rather than a participant !”

The album also boasts the contributions of some very special guests. Simon Hinkler, original guitarist with The Mission, graces the album with some superlative guitar playing, as does Tim Bricheno, original guitarist of All About Eve. Julianne Regan, again from All About Eve, who was the female voice on notable early Mission recordings such as ‘Severina’ and ‘Beyond The Pale’, adds her angelic vocal alongside Wayne’s on a couple of tracks. The album also features the talents of cellist Caroline Dale, credits including Page & Plant, Dave Gilmour, Oasis, as well as a multitude of film soundtracks, Caroline is also a regular member of the London Metropolitan Orchestra. As is violinist Cathy Thompson who can count the Michael Nyman band, Peter Gabriel, Page & Plant, & Robbie Williams amongst her many credits.

‘God Is A Bullet’ is an album that dares to challenge it’s audience. It’s an album that will surely come to be viewed as a ‘classic’ in the canon of The Mission. It’s an album that attempts to take forward steps at a time when it’s expected for the band to look backwards. Anniversaries? Bah.....They’re for the sentimental. ‘God Is A Bullet’ isn’t.

The Mission are …

Wayne Hussey : Vocals & Guitars
Steve Spring: Drums
Mark Gemini Thwaite: Guitar
Rich Vernon: Bass

 
 
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