GARY NUMAN LIVE :::
:::: The Electric Picnic ::::
Saturday September 2nd
Stradbally Hall, Stradbally Estate, Co Laois
is still as vital as ever . . . the Godfather is back and he's
here to stay.' Kerrang
Numan has undergone a renaissance and he's going for broke with
these anthemic tunes. Underpinned by steroidal beats - some featuring
real drums - the massive synths and guitars are stacked up like
some Babelesque ower constructed from breezeblocks . . . it is
supremely confident and the innovator of the late '70s never sounds
like he's having to play catch-up.'
is a shudder-fest of consistent quality, with a dash of Eastern
Numan is having one of the most successful years of his
career after releasing his first studio album in over 5 years in
mid-March, 2006. Co-produced with underground electronic artist
Ade Fenton, Jagged is an aggressive, forward-looking
album which takes the best elements of his previous work and gives
them an anthemic, contemporary twist. In April he set off on his
biggest tour in years, a 14-date trip around the UK (Sadley he didn't
make it to Ireland) in front of a visibly increasing fanbase, many
of whom had never seen him play live before. The Jagged
tour also received rave reviews in publications such as The
Times, Kerrang and the Daily Telegraph.
Cooking Vinyl releases the first single from the album, In
A Dark Place.
2000's Pure album brought Numan back into focus, then Jagged gives
his music fresh shape and vitality.' Metal Hammer
is a must for those who like their music dark and heavy.'
Numan now makes more sense than he did as a confused young pop
droid. Endorsements from post-Goth noiseniks such as Nine Inch
Nails and Marilyn Manson have given Numan a new focus.' The
his contemporaries Numan has come into his own
in the 21st Century both as an artist and as an influence. In 2000,
his Pure album was described as ‘the best
music he’s made since his 1979/80 heyday’ by The Sunday
Times, while Kerrang enthused, 'if you like your melancholia dense
and dynamic, you won't want Pure to end.'
later, he released Hybrid, an album of collaborations
and re-worked version of classic tracks which included the Top 20
hit ‘Crazier’, featuring electronic
punk Rico. According to Mojo, the album’s
‘sheer quality wins through . . . revealing the dark
soul of a true pioneer’, while Time Out
were not only ‘blown away’ by the revised
versions but also noted the presence of ‘three tantalisingly
good new songs’. At the time Numan was also
‘cool again’ thanks to Basement Jaxx’s sampling
his songs on ‘Where’s Your Head At’
and the impact of Sugababes’s Number 1 single,
‘Freak Like Me’ which was based around
his 1979 chart-topper, ‘Are ‘Friends’
Electric?’ Yet since then Numan’s
cultural relevance has, if anything, grown stronger than ever before
thanks to the likes of Goldfrapp, White Rose Movement, The Rapture,
Queens Of The Stone Age, Jacques Lu Cont, The Faint and The Killers.
tells reflective stories of loss, sorrow and regret through dark,
creeping rhythms that lurk beneath sheets of guitar, tempered
by heady, almost suffocating, synths. The result is a bleak emotional
holocaust of an album, evidencing the work of a truly precious
artist whose continuing creativity should be cherished.'
Gary Numan there would be no industrial scene. Jagged is his latest
offering and is a million times more haunting than anything this
modern-day scene has to offer. Each track is a dark and brooding
slab of gothic beauty with Gary Numan proving to the likes of
Manson and co once and for all who the daddy really is.'
is aggressive and dark, yet doesn't forget to pack the tunes too.'
electronic rock . . . a dense, moody collection, it can be thunderous
one moment and ethereal the next, forbidding and mysterious, grinding
and soaring.' Classic Rock
is one of the heaviest and most electronic albums of his career,
re-wiring the apocalyptic synthesizer pop of Numan’s own ‘Down
In The Park’ into something equally unique and powerful.
Like his best albums it gets to the essence of Numan’s
appeal - a vocal that is alienated yet strangely soulful; a desire
to push technology as far as he can and dark, atmospheric sounds
lashed to power chords dream-like melodies. Numan
also mixes rock elements into the album through the sky-scraping
choruses - especially on 'Fold', 'Haunted',
'Melt' and 'In A Dark Place' -
but they’re given a new potency through the siren-like wail
of machines as well as guitars. And for the first time in 20 years,
Numan has re-introduced live drums onto the new album, including
two tracks ‘Haunted’ and ‘Halo’
played by Jerome Dillon (ex- Nine Inch Nails).
Rob Holliday (Sulpher and the Prodigy's new live guitarist)
and Monti (Sulpher, former Curve drummer) also
guest on Jagged, along with dance producer Andy
Gray and Martin McCarrick (ex-Siouxsie & The
Banshees) on cello.
beats are fresh, the incidental effects impact nicely and there's
more energy here than there should be from someone who has been
through the music industry mill for the last quarter of a century
plus.' Future Music
is suitably atmospheric and rousing stuff, close in feel to the
urban nightmare of 'Down In The Park' . . . One can only hope
that this will mark a complete critical re-evaluation of such
as visionary and misunderstood figure.'