EVENTS

Free John Foxx & The Maths concert in Belgium

Photo by Mike Cooper.

If you attended the Sinners Day Concert last week, you can come and see John Foxx And The Maths for free on 25 February 2012. This is due to John having to cancel his planned appearance at the Sinners Festival at the last minute due to a head injury. For more information please visit HERE

GARY NUMAN: ‘I was a big fan of John Foxx when he was in Ultravox in the late 70s. Ultravox were like the blueprint for what I was trying to do in the early years and John Foxx was my hero. I thought he was a fantastic, enigmatic front man. I really loved what he did. To see him still going strong today, and putting out great music is good to see. John was a true pioneer and seems as passionate today as he was then about his music. I have a huge amount of respect for him.’

JUNIOR BOYS: ‘Even though it was made by a guy much older than me, and from a different country, I have never felt that there was a music that reached into my unconscious quite like John Foxx’s.’

JORI HULKKONEN: ‘Metamatic is one of the best albums ever recorded.’

PAUL DALEY (LEFTFIELD): ‘John Foxx was an idea for vocals I had for the second Leftfield album but this never happened. I’ve always respected and liked his approach and attitude – the quietman from another dimension bending sounds from the 23rd century underneath cinematic sci fi future vocals while keeping his distance from the brashness of pop culture and celebrity. Afrika Bambaataa is a big fan too.’

ALESSANDRO ADRIANI: ‘Mannequin Records identity is paying surely an homage to Metamatic, the first album from John Foxx after the split with Ultravox. We are in the greatest realm of the minimal electronic music: a Roland CR 78 drum machine, an Arp Odyssey and an Elka Rhapsody string machine. A man and the machines. Fluidity of human relationships and a Japanese horror film are creating the file rouge of this superb track. Pure pleasure for my heart (beat).’

VINCENT GALLO (ACTOR) ‘I connected so deeply with early Ultravox, everything changed for me. There’s Lennon and Dylan, but John Foxx is my favourite lyricist of all-time.’

MARK GATISS – LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN, SCREENWRITER FOR SHERLOCK & DOCTOR WHO ‘While other 80’s chart busters are reforming and playing their old stuff, John Foxx continues to be an innovative and interesting artist. I still keep the torch burning. Last time I was star-struck? When I met John Foxx for tea!’

PHIL OAKEY (THE HUMAN LEAGUE): ‘John Foxx’s Metamatic is one of the few essential albums of the movement I call the Alienated Synthesists. And I like his newer material a lot.’

MIRA AROYO (LADYTRON): ‘Working with John and Benge on the Interplay album was really fun. I gave them a few riffs to choose from, they built a song around one of them and I went in to record vocals. I was pretty blown away by the studio. I hadn’t heard about it, though I think I might have seen it on TV, but not realized. It is a total treasure trove! I felt like I was in Charlie and the Synth Factory.
Both John and Benge were really mellow and nice to work with. I loved how organic everything was recorded, from synths to vocal effects. I think that is quite rare in electronic music nowadays and you can definitely hear it in the finished record. I met John quite a few years ago. I was a fan of his first solo record Metamatic and was asked by a magazine to interview him about his favourite sound. We got on and kept on bumping into each other here and there over the years. It was a real honour and a pleasure to collaborate with both of them. I look forward to working with them again.’

KLAXONS: ‘John Foxx’s Metamatic is an amazing, visionary album.’

CLINT MANSELL (COMPOSER OF BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER AND MOON SOUNDTRACKS): ‘John’s music, both with Ultravox and solo, is built for the Internet. It’s technology manipulated by man. Man & machine in perfect harmony! Consistent quality output. The new album Interplay is a great record. Vibrant.’

DAVE CLARKE (TECHNO DJ): ‘The whole Metamatic album blew me away. It’s an amazing album.’

JIM KERR (SIMPLE MINDS): ‘People are discovering John Foxx now in 2011 because ultimately he is far too good to be ignored.’

LONELADY: ‘I live in a high-rise right next to a dual carriageway, so John Foxx’s music makes a lot of sense to me. I find his dystopias exciting and at times full of longing and romance. At first merely functional, the surfaces of the city become exotic, seductive.’

JOHN TAYLOR (DURAN DURAN): ‘John Foxx? Class cannot be erased.’

NICK RHODES (DURAN DURAN): ‘Everyone should own the first three Ultravox albums with John Foxx.’

GAZELLE TWIN: ‘I love his track ‘Never Let Me Go’ from 2006. It’s a mirage of maternal comfort in a toxic world.’

XENO & OAKLANDER: ‘I love the unexpected violence of Foxx’s ‘Burning Car’. Very urban, contemporary and apocalyptic. Metamatic is so fundamental as an influence on so much – from synthpop, New Romantic, industrial dance, EBM, et al – its consequences are far reaching and still being felt.’

ALEX PROYAS, DIRECTOR OF THE MOVIES – I, ROBOT, THE CROW AND DARK CITY: ‘I think apart from his incredibly cinematic lyrics, John’s music has always conjured entire movies in my head when I listen to it. I think it’s his mastery of atmosphere that has stayed with me through the years. If I could only make a movie as textured and evocative as John’s music I would be a happy man.’

THE SOFT MOON: ‘No-One Driving is my favourite John Foxx track. It has everything I love in a song. From an emotional standpoint it’s dark, moody and yet somehow optimistic. From a musical standpoint it’s beautifully structured with melodic verses, a catchy chorus and I would still like to get that arpeggiated phaser synth sound.’

ALEX PATERSON (THE ORB): ‘I love ‘Just For A Moment’. A thrilling song of pure genius. Thank you.’

REVIEWS FOR JOHN FOXX & THE MATHS INTERPLAY ALBUM, 2011

‘One of the finest electronic records you’ll hear in 2011.’ THE QUIETUS

‘Meeting of synth-fetishists is a triumph.The albums echoes four decades of avant pop.’ **** MOJO

‘Foxx has released an album which equals the high points of his rich back catalogue.’ BBC.CO.UK

‘One of the most enlightened synth records in years.’ **** THE STOOL PIGEON

‘Foxx is still sounding relevant.’ **** ARTROCKER

‘Fresh and powerful’ **** CLASH MAGAZINE

‘A masterclass’ **** NEWS OF THE WORLD

‘A great album.’ **** RECORD COLLECTOR

‘Enigmatic but song-based, evoking early incarnations of Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League and Roxy Music.’ Q MAGAZINE

Interplay is a consistently strong piece of work.’ **** MUSIC OMH

‘Like all the best electro, the mood is stark and eerie. Age has afforded Foxx an unsettling gravitas.’ **** THE PINK PAPER

‘Forceful, stripped-down music that sounds as new as it is old; as imaginative as it is familiar.’ UNCUT

‘Robo-pop bliss.’ CLASSIC ROCK

‘The Maths turn out to be a superb foil for Foxx.’ THE WIRE

Friday, November 4th, 2011 EVENTS No Comments

John Foxx And The Maths – UK Tour October 2011

Photo courtesy of Unsound Festival, Poland.

JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS ARE CURRENTLY ON TOUR:

Tara Busch will be supporting at all of these shows, except for London (on the 27th) and Holmfirth (on the 28th), where the support will be Xeno & Oaklander. Also, Gazellle Twin is a guest on the 25th (XOYO London) and The Neat on the 27th (XOYO London).

A LIMITED NUMBER OF VIP TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT EACH OF THESE SHOWS…

THIS VIP PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
A ticket to the show… A signed limited edition CD containing a mix by Gazelle Twin…
A VIP Pass which will allow you into the soundcheck…A signed copy of the (as yet unreleased) The Shape Of Things …

A meet and greet with John Foxx And The Maths after the soundcheck, including a photo opportunity…

VIP TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM HERE

Friday the 21st of October, 2011 – Manchester Academy 4, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR
Telephone : 0161 275 2930, Web : http://www.manchesteracademy.net

Saturday the 22nd of October, 2011 – Liverpool Stanley Theatre, 160 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TR
Telephone : 0151 794 6868, Web : http://www.lgos.org

Sunday the 23rd of October, 2011 – Glasgow Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL Telephone : 0141 565 1000, Web : http://www.thearches.co.uk/

Monday the 24th of October, 2011 – York Duchess, Stonebow House, York YO1 7NP
Telephone : 01904 641 413, Web : http://www.theduchessyork.co.uk

Tuesday the 25th of October, 2011 – London XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP
Telephone : (off-site) 0207 729 5959, Web : http://www.xoyo.co.uk

Thursday the 27th of October, 2011 – London XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP
Telephone : (off-site) 0207 729 5959, Web : http://www.xoyo.co.uk

Friday the 28th of October, 2011 – Holmfirth Picturedrome, Market Walk, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 7DA
Telephone : 01484 689 759, Web : http://www.picturedrome.net

John Foxx And The Maths will also be appearing at Sinners Day Festival, Belgium, on 30 October. For more info please click HERE

 

Tour update

After two weeks, the rehearsals for the tour are going really well. John and The Maths are taking as many analogues as can be carried. In many ways this is how John has always wanted the Metamatic material to sound – as well as all the analogue stuff from his more recent material with The Maths.

Plus having Hannah Peel on electric violin has added another element that dates back to the early Ultravox days. Special guest Tara Busch has a great electronic set-up too. Everyone is really looking forward to this!!

In the meantime, here’s John Foxx And The Maths performing ‘He’s A Liquid’ at the Roundhouse last year. Just a little flavour of what’s to come on the tour, starting at Leamington Spa and Poland next week . . . It’s a live band playing electronic music.

‘He’s A Liquid’ (Live at the Roundhouse, 2010) by John Foxx And The Maths

Sunday, October 9th, 2011 EVENTS No Comments

Gazelle Twin remix of ‘A Falling Star’

Brighton artist Gazelle Twin, has just created her first ever remix – a brilliant new version of ‘A Falling Star’ by John Foxx And The Maths. You can hear it streamed HERE

The new arrangement also features Gazelle Twin’s beautiful, distinctive vocals, so that it’s more of a collaboration or duet than a standard remix.

Metamatic Records have pressed up 75 copies of this remix on a CD. This release will ONLY be available to Platinum VIP Holders on the forthcoming John Foxx And The Maths Interplay Tour, including the two forthcoming shows at XOYO on 25th (which features GAZELLE TWIN as support) and 27th October.

The CD will also be signed by John Foxx, so this is instantly one of the most collectable releases of a his four decade career.

The VIP ticket also gives you a chance to meet the man himself, watch John and the Maths soundcheck, as well as entrance to the show itself AND a signed copy of the brand new John Foxx And The Maths album, The Shape Of Things.

BUY TICKETS to see John Foxx & The Maths with support from Gazelle Twin and Tara Busch on the 25th October 2011 @ XOYO, London HERE

BUY TICKETS to see John Foxx & The Maths with support from Xeno & Oaklander and The Neat on the 27th October 2011 @ XOYO, London HERE

Sunday, October 9th, 2011 EVENTS No Comments

Rehearsals for October UK Tour

John Foxx And The Maths : UK Tour…

John Foxx And The Maths will be touring the UK during October. They will be performing material from their new album Interplay as well as classic songs from early Ultravox and John’s solo career.

Interplay is a collaboration between Foxx and electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards). The latter is best known for his 2008 album Twenty Systems, which was described by Brian Eno as a ‘Brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music.’ Moody and atmospheric, but also full of songs that are actually more ‘pop’ than avant garde, Interplay pulls various strands of electronic music together – from early 80′s electro to 70′s Krautrock. One track, ‘Watching A Building On Fire’ features Mira Aroyo from Ladytron, who also came up with the original synth riff.

John will be joined on-stage on the Interplay Tour by…

Benge – Keyboards, Percussion
Serafina Steer – Keyboards, Bass
Hannah Peel – Keyboards, Violin

Tara Busch will be supporting at all of these shows, except for London (on the 27th) and Holmfirth (on the 28th), where the support will be Xeno & Oaklander. Also, Gazellle Twin is a guest on the 25th (XOYO London) and The Neat on the 27th (XOYO London).

A limited number of VIP Tickets are available at each of these shows…
This VIP Platinum Package includes the following:
A ticket to the show…
A VIP Pass which will allow you into the soundcheck…

A signed copy of the (as yet unreleased) The Shape Of Things
A meet and greet with John Foxx And The Maths after the soundcheck, including a photo opportunity…

These VIP Tickets are available from Townsend Records

Thursday the 13th of October, 2011 – Leamington Spa Assembly Hall, Spencer Street, Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV31 3NF
Telephone : 01926 523 001, Web : http://www.leamingtonassembly.com/

Thursday the 20th of October, 2011 – Bristol Thekla, The Grove, East Mud Dock, Bristol BS1 4RB
Telephone : 0117 929 3301 (venue) / 0845 413 4444 (tickets), Web : http://www.theklabristol.co.uk/

Friday the 21st of October, 2011 – Manchester Academy 4, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR
Telephone : 0161 275 2930, Web : http://www.manchesteracademy.net

Saturday the 22nd of October, 2011 – Liverpool Stanley Theatre, 160 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TR
Telephone : 0151 794 6868, Web : http://www.lgos.org

Sunday the 23rd of October, 2011 – Glasgow Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL
Telephone : 0141 565 1000, Web : http://www.thearches.co.uk/

Monday the 24th of October, 2011 – York Duchess, Stonebow House, York YO1 7NP
Telephone : 01904 641 413, Web : http://www.theduchessyork.co.uk

Tuesday the 25th of October, 2011 – London XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP
Telephone : (off-site) 0207 729 5959, Web : http://www.xoyo.co.uk

Thursday the 27th of October, 2011 – London XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP
Telephone : (off-site) 0207 729 5959, Web : http://www.xoyo.co.uk

Friday the 28th of October, 2011 – Holmfirth Picturedrome, Market Walk, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 7DA
Telephone : 01484 689 759, Web : http://www.picturedrome.net

John Foxx And The Maths will also be playing at The Unsound Festival in Poland on Saturday the 15th of October.

The Festival has a theme this year which is Future Shock, as in the 1970 book by Alvin Toffler. That book is a cautionary vision of the future (from a very 1970 perspective) warning against ‘too much change in too short a period of time’. In 1972 a fantastic documentary was made based on the book, featuring a doomy Orson Welles and music by Gil Melle. Meanwhile other artists performing at the Unsound Festival include electronic pioneers Morton Subotnik and Chris & Cosey.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 EVENTS No Comments

Interplay UK Tour

 

We’re pleased to announce the John Foxx And The Maths UK Interplay Tour:

John Foxx And The Maths will be performing material from their new album Interplay, together with classic songs from early Ultravox and Foxx’s solo career.

John Foxx will be joined on-stage by…

Benge – Keyboards, Percussion

Serafina Steer – Keyboards, Bass

Hannah Peel – Keyboards, Violin

OCTOBER 2011

13 Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms – TICKETS

20 Bristol Thekla – TICKETS

21 Manchester Academy 4 – TICKETS

22 Liverpool Stanley Theatre – TICKETS

23 Glasgow Arches – TICKETS

24 York Duchess – TICKETS

25 London XOYO – TICKETS

27 London XOYO – TICKETS

28 Holmfirth Picturedrome – TICKETS

There are some VIP tickets available from the Official Shop

A very limited number of the Interplay digi-pack are also available HERE

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 EVENTS No Comments

Unsound Festival

John Foxx And The Maths will be performing at the Unsound Festival in Poland. Please visit the Unsound festival WEBSITE for more details. The festival also features many other pioneering electronic acts including Morton Subotnik and Chris & Cosey.

The Festival has a theme this year which is ‘Future Shock’, as in the 1970 book by Alvin Toffler. The book is a cautionary vision of the future (from a very 1970-perspective) warning against “too much change in too short a period of time”. In 1972 a fantastic documentary was made based on the book, featuring a doomy Orson Welles and music by Gil Melle.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 EVENTS No Comments