The last few weeks have seen me slightly obsessed* with Heaven 17’s sophomore triumph album “The Luxury Gap.” I’ve had to resist listening to it on a loop in my car for days at a time. The killer cut this month, after 31 years of enjoyment? “Lady Ice + Mr. Hex,” since you asked. In a rare casual moment while taking my lunch break last Saturday, I wondered what was up with Heaven 17 and their stated goal of writing a new album this year. In addition, around this time last year, Martyn Ware was hoping for a H17 US tour this year with pals DEVO, so I headed to heaven17.com and was agog to see that the wheels of industry were still turning; just not in ways I’d anticipated.
The Sheffield duo have scheduled an Autumn tour with the charming and delightful Blancmange! Proviso? It’s in the UK only, of course, but don’t let that stop you from attending, if you have the cash and interest. I can see that this would play very well in concert and applaud the good sense behind the decision of the bands to tour together. In a perfect world, I’d be interested in hearing how Glenn Gregory and Neil Arthur would sound singing together. That would be two powerful voices converging. Maybe lucky concertgoers will get the privilege next month. Here is where they will be playing:
Heaven 17/Blancmange | Tour of Synthetic Delights | UK 2014
- October 23 | The Tivoli | Buckley
- October 24 | The East Village Arts Club | Liverpool
- October 25 | King Georges Hall | Blackburn
- October 26 | O2 Academy | Newcastle
- November 6 | O2 Academy | Leeds
- November 7 | Corn Exchange | Bedford
- November 8 | Oakengate Theatre | Telford
- November 9 | The Brook | Southampton
- November 13 | The Forum | London
- November 14 | O2 Academy | Bristol
- November 24 | The Assembly | Leamington Spa
Better yet, Heaven 17 have not been sitting idle in between rehearsals. A subtle blurb on their website tucked away under the tour dates revealed that they are in the studio recording new material which will be released in a limited vinyl-only issue. Can you smell a Record Day Exclusive for 2015? I knew you could. Well, seeing that I still haven’t bought the RSD releases by John Foxx and Simple Minds from 2014 yet, I suppose that I’ll have to add this to the long, mental queue for records that will cost me a fortune in shipping charges. Sigh. At any rate, one hopes that the “new album” will be more than a 12″ in April. If a RSD release is a taster for the main event to follow [hopefully in 2015] I’ll be a lot happier.
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* In between obsessive spinnings of Grace Jones’ “Nightclubbing…”
p.p.s – Did you spot the Photoshop error on the poster?