New Model Army still marching on

New Model Army come to the Wedge.
New Model Army come to the Wedge.

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A legendary global underground cult band – that’s how promoters describe New Model Army.

But, really, they should need no introduction to music lovers.

Formed by Justin Sullivan, Stuart Morrow and Phil Tompkins in Bradford in 1980, their beginnings were inspired by northern soul, punk rock and the incendiary atmosphere of the time.

Since then, they have had a long, creative and eventful journey.

They’ve influenced post-punk, folk-rock, goth, metal and all kinds of musical genres but have steadfastly refused to belong to any club that would have them as members.

Without a ‘genre’ audience, and never having had a Top 20 hit single in any country, New Model Army still have album sales in the millions.

They have attracted some of the biggest producers on the planet and have built up an almost religious devotion amongst fans.

In 2009 they released their 11th studio album, Today Is A Good Day.

Mostly written in the wake of the Wall Street collapse, the album was hailed as one of their best and the tour went on through six months and 20 countries.

In 2010, they performed an ambitious series of two-night stands in cities across four continents to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

The band have just finished recording the long-awaited and still-untitled new album and returned from Los Angeles where they mixed it with Joe Barresi(Tool, QOTSA, Soundgarden).

They say they chose Joe ‘to bring a tough edge to what is not a traditional guitar-driven rock album’.

See them at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, tonight with support from Electric River from 8pm.

Tickets: £16 from wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or (023) 9286 3911.