Originally inspired by the post punk and synth pop groups of the 1980s, The Tender Box was formed by the four childhood friends in the predominantly Mexican American neighborhood of South Gate, known in music circles as the hometown for the groundbreaking Latin rap outfit Cypress Hill. The lush and despairing decadence of Britpop appealed to their sensibilities and their own personal histories. Henceforth, The Tender Box would continue to immerse themselves in a veritable fusion of musical tastes and fine-tune their recipe for success blending alternative rock, Latin grooves and electro dance beats seamlessly together.
The band has recently shared stages with Echo & The Bunnymen, Lifehouse, Ida Maria and toured North America with She Wants Revenge & Kill Hannah. Also, with new music in hand the band embarked on a spring tour of the west coast supporting Montreal’s The Dears and made a number of appearances at this year’s SXSW.
Their second album, Reverence, comes out tomorrow.
At the end of 2010, Poly Styrene, the unforgettable frontwoman and iconic face of the seminal band X-ray Spex announced her return to the music scene. A true musical; and fashion rebel, Poly Styrene has returned at her most thrilling.
X-ray Spex may have only been around for a couple of years but their star shone brightly. Poly Styrene’s return is highly anticipated; she remains a genuine icon and one of the premier influences on the Riot Grrrl and Britpop scenes. Currently, a new set of young American bands like the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, The Gossip and countless others recognize her fiery, irrepressible presence. With her great self-styled image, brilliantly sharp lyrics and powerful presence, Poly’s indomitable spirit still inspires.
Click to watch the video for new track "If You Want It"
We’ve all swooned over OMD’s hit “If You Leave” (at least, if you’re normal you have); well now Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphrey are back for the first time in 15 years with new album History of Modern.
In these electro-friendly times, OMD’s influence has become ubiquitous. The XX, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy have cited OMD as an inspiration, while the likes of La Roux, Cold Cave and The Horrors show traces of OMD’s DNA. Andy notes that today OMD is perceived to have its place in the “pantheon of relevant popular music history”, something which seemed unthinkable during the Britpop era.
Upbeat and bristling with ideas, History of Modern was mixed by Arctic Monkeys/Foals engineer Mike Crossey, and offers a slightly rawer kind of pleasure to the serene melancholy of OMD’s early-’80s moments. In a nice touch, the record’s sleeve was designed by Peter Saville, who was responsible for the iconic artwork of those first OMD albums. Saville was the in-house designer at Factory Records, the label that released OMD’s debut single “Electricity“ in 1979. For many, History of Modern will be their first experience of OMD, and one hopes their curiosity will lead them to other oldie but goodies.
“I suppose the nice thing is that, just like in the early days, we made this record simply because we fancied making a record,” says McCluskey. “There was no pressure to make a record in order to sell records and sustain a career. It was like making a first album again.”
- New Babies: New Toys
- If You Want It
- History of Modern (Part I)
- History of Modern (Part II)
- New Holy Ground
- The Future, The Past, And Forever After
- Sister Marie Says
- Bondage of Fate
- The Right Side
- Save Me (featuring Aretha Franklin)
Spin has released a great article and you can check out another new OMD song, “New Babies: New Toys,” by clicking here.