Having exploded back onto the scene with 2016’s Death Note EP, Mark Tighe and Mick Reed, the band’s original core, had united with bassist Karl Donner and new vocalist Rio Goldhammer, their second album Bloodline was the long awaited follow-up to 1983’s Machine LP. However its release in 2017 would come under tragic circumstances, hitting the shelves shortly after losing guitarist Tighe to cancer in January of that year.
The band had started work on Futurecide during Tighe’s illness and, though his declining health meant that work was put on hold until after the release of Bloodline, his performance on Stop the World was salvaged from the demo to feature alongside new guitarist Sam Evans. Also featuring on the album is the band’s Cry Wolf-era bass player Steve Madden, who comes out of retirement to perform on Isolation.
Futurecide charts the journey of 1919 through this fraught and turbulent period: suffering tragedy, coping with loss, and eventually finding a cautious optimism. The song “Anxiety” and accompanying video, filmed at Leeds’ The Wardrobe, places us right at the start of that journey, with the band’s personal anguish and insecurity amplified by an increasingly unnerving socio-political landscape. The album is out worldwide on Cleopatra Records in 2019.
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