Two new shows in Feb 2012

Photo by Mike Cooper.

John Foxx And The Maths will play two live shows in February, 2012:

The Haunt : Brighton, UK on Friday 24th February 2012. Doors at 7pm. Band will play from 8.35pm -10pm. PLATINUM VIP TICKETS are available from HERE STANDARD TICKETS are available HERE

Aarschot, Belgium on Saturday 25th February 2012. Entry is free for fans who bought a ticket to the 2011 Sinners Day Event. Or you can buy a ticket for 15 Euros on Presale. For more info please visit HERE

The band line-up for both shows will be John Foxx, Hannah Peel, Serafina Steer and Benge.

You can watch an interview about their live set-up HERE

Saturday, December 10th, 2011 EVENTS

KMAG – Poland

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Photo by Mike Cooper

The Interplay album feels very much like a story; not an action novel, but a sort of bleak, bitter, Ballardian retro-futuristic anti-utopia. Is there an actual ‘story’ you wanted to tell?

JF: ‘Well – I guess it’s the story of a man a woman and a city, which is what my songs tend to be concerned with – and what I’m always concerned with in real life, as well.
Writing about the present is an interesting challenge. Usually, we don’t appreciate what’s happening until its over.’

The feel and sound of the album is – as far as I’m able to hear – based on ‘vintage’ synths, or rather actual instruments – synths you actually have to play and drums that you have to program. For me, it’s far more humane than computer-based music so abundant right now. How do you feel about digital technology, and why do you choose the old trusty analogue gear?

JF: ‘It’s not so trusty really. It can actually be quite treacherous.
But it still sounds better – richer and more complex – and it is imperfect. I love imperfection – perfect usually means boring. Nothing duller than a perfect singer or a perfect production.
I prefer to hear some croaky old rogue telling his stories, or a late night melody on an old piano. That’s far more interesting than some over-rehearsed opera singer can ever be.’ ›› Read more

Friday, December 9th, 2011 MEDIA

Neon Indian

John Foxx and Neon Indian interviewed together HERE

Friday, December 9th, 2011 MEDIA

Quietus Albums of 2011

Thanks to The Quietus who voted Interplay at Number 21 in their Top 50 Best Albums of 2011. You can see the full list HERE

Friday, December 9th, 2011 MEDIA

Artrocker Magazine Awards: Best Electro Act of 2011

John Foxx And The Maths won Best Electro Act of 2011 at the recent Artrocker Magazine Awards. Gary Numan presented the Award. Later John presented Gary with the Artocker Legend Award. A great night.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 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

The Shape Of Things

The second John Foxx And The Maths album, The Shape Of Things was recorded and mixed at Benge’s studio in London. Like the debut album Interplay, it’s the sound of analogue synthesizers and drum machines – and on one track, feedbacking guitars played by Foxx himself. Although there’s a raw edge to the likes of ‘Falling Down’ and ‘Talk’, this album is arguably more reflective and emotional than Interplay. Though not overtly auto-biographical, there’s a sense of looking back over a life and exploring feelings of loss over opportunities and lovers missed; possible futures that will remain unlived.

This limited edition release of the album is in hard-back deluxe artwork by Interplay designer Jonathan Barnbrook and includes a bonus CD of remixes.

It’s available exclusively through the OFFICIAL STORE

The full tracklisting is as follows:

Disc One

01 Spirus

02 Rear-View Mirror

03 Talk

04 Psytron

05 September Town

06 Unrecognised

07 Modreno

08 Falling Away

09 Invisible Ray

10 Vapour Trails

11 Buddwing

12 Tides

13 Astoria

14 The Shadow Of His Former Self

Disc Two

01 Evergreen (Radio Mix)

02 Shatterproof (Wrangler Mix)

03 Where You End And I Begin (Featuring Tara Busch)

04 Summerland (Belbury Poly Mix)

05 The Good Shadow (Tim ‘Love’ Lee Mix)

06 Watching A Building On Fire (Grayed Out Mix)

07 Interplay (Grayed Out Mix)

08 Evergreen (Xeno & Oaklander Mix)

Friday, November 4th, 2011 NEW RELEASES

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

 

‘The Shadow Of His Former Self’

John Foxx And The Maths are planning to perform one song from the new album, The Shape Of Things at the forthcoming October shows. So, here it is – ‘The Shadow Of His Former Self’ – better listen to it before next Thursday’s show at Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms!!!

The Shadow Of His Former Self by John Foxx And The Maths

The Shape Of Things limited edition double CD will also be available at the John Foxx And The Maths shows and then after via the Official John Foxx Store @ Townsend Records.

Sunday, October 9th, 2011 NEW RELEASES

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