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Where are they now? Jan. 9th, 2006 @ 08:51 pm

I thought I'd make a post trying to record what most of the people mentioned in the interests are up to, or what bands are still active:

Well, as we probably all know, Texas have a new album out, Red Book, which apparently isn't very good.

It's difficult finding out anything about Geneva, but singer Andrew Montgomery formed a new band, Amityville ...which has now also split up. Apparently he's now a member of a gospel choir in Brighton. Hmmm

As for Gene, after they split in 2004, bassist Kevin Miles has left the music industry to become a music teacher, Martin Rossiter is working on a solo album, and guitarist Steve Mason and drummer Ed James have started another band. They don't appear to have a name yet, but are apparently playing some secret gigs this month (January 2006), and will "reveal all soon".

Puressence's founder member, guitarist Neil McDonald left in 2003 to be replaced by Lowell Killen, and the band are planning to release an new studio album at sometime this year, subject to the band winning a new record contract (they left Island/Universal after they asked them to sound more like Savage Garden). A best of has been mooted, but it seems this will only be released in mainland Europe.

Travis and Radiohead are both currently working on new albums to be released this year.

Suede split at the end of 2003, and famously Brett Anderson reconciled with original Suede guitarist Bernard Butler to form The Tears. They released their debut album in 2005 (I have to say it was fantastic; I haven't enjoyed a first album so much in years. Although technically it was their third). Brett Anderson is also recording a solo album, and Bernard Butler may return to recording material with David McAlmont or possibly a third solo album.

Manic Street Preachers have been a little quiet recently, but both singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield and bassist Nicky Wire have been recording solo albums oddly enough. Nicky Wire's may never be released, but he did make a song available online on Christmas day. Bradfield's album should be released at some point this year.

The producer who produced all these acts in the 90s, Mike Hedges, has been a little quiet recently, though he did work with Scouse scally rockers Shack last year.


May. 31st, 2005 @ 12:46 am
I thought I'd better make a post in this group, just before people think it's gone tits up.

Though to be fair, there's not a lot going on with the people I've mentioned in the interests section. Sure, Bernard Butler's got The Tears going on, but the rest of the guys...hold on, I'm going to have a look on Allmusic.

Hmm, apparently Mike Hedges hasn't been up to much since 2000, and you guys would know as much about the whereabouts of Puressence and the ex-members of Geneva as I would. I think Travis have a new album coming out, and Texas have disappeared off the map. The Manics last year released their first album in eight years without any kind of Hedges/Brilliant strings contribution.

Ah well, I was just trying to kick this thing back into life.

Shots In The Distance Nov. 16th, 2004 @ 04:34 am
I miss Geneva terribly. What does everyone think of Amityville, Andrew Montgomery's new band?

I saw Puressence at the Carling Academy in London back in October. The new songs sound pretty good. I don't know if anything could compare to "Only Forever" though. It seemed like I waited forever (four years?) for "Planet Helpless ." I couldn't help but be disappointed. But it wasn't that the songs were all that bad, but the production really hurts the record. Anyway the show was pretty good... for being held at what seemed to be a shopping mall. The setlist was lacking though. But I think it was worth the twelve-hour flight just to hear "Sharpen Up The Knives."

I have to say that I think "Lifeblood" is probably the best Manics album yet. A cross of Everything Must Go and TIMTTMY to my ears. Funny that the single is the only song I don't like. I've only seen them live once at the Move festival in Manchester '03, but anyone who was there will tell you it was pretty special. The highlight for me was "Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky."
Current Music: Amityville- Shots In The Distance

Nov. 15th, 2004 @ 06:16 pm
I thought I'd better make the first post...and to be honest I don't know why I made it members only...I may see if I can change that. So anyway, yesterday I was bored and whilst listening to my Geneva albums I wondered if there were any communities dedicated to them. Seems most of the ones linked are about the city in Switzerland (where incidentally my great great gran was born, but that's not important right now)

So I decided to start a community, then decided to include Puressence and the Manics and all those other great epic wall of sound bands that Mike Hedges produced in the 90s.

I don't see there being many posts in the journal, but as a wise person once said to me....meh.
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