John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"...

Posted by: Rob Harris

John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"... - Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:32:09

John Foxx And The Maths return with a new line-up on their fifth studio album, Howl. Former Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon joins John Foxx, Benge (Ben Edwards) and Hannah Peel after previously guesting with The Maths at their debut Roundhouse show in 2010. "For years, I'd wanted to work with Rob Simon again," says Foxx. "Thereís something central about what he does - and I always miss it, no matter who I work with. Itís what Rob can do with a song, and with the sheer power of sound."

Work on the album began back in April 2019 at Bengeís Memetune Studios in Cornwall with Robin Simon involved right from the start, his contributions instantly mutating the original ideas into something new. "Give him a song and heíll give you three takes - all utterly different incarnations," enthuses Foxx who first worked with Simon on Ultravoxís Systems Of Romance album in 1978. "And it will all be much better. Demolition intercision is what he does and when you get used to the violence he can wreak, itís a true delight." The singer cites the title-track and first single Howl as a vivid example: "Rob just walked in, did one take and left us all standing on the chairs. So I had to write another song around it. Benge did knockout bass and drums. A great experience and totally out of the blue."

Foxx and Benge originally got together back in 2010, playing a headline show at the Roundhouse in London as the first ever John Foxx And The Maths show before theyíd even finished their debut album, Interplay, which came out a few months later in 2011. Forward-looking, intuitive and risk taking from the start - critic Mark Fisher summed them up as "a glimpse into another world in which rock íní roll was invented on Moogs" - their passion for the strange sounds and atmospheres they seduce and rip from the machines in Bengeís studio has inspired a series of fiercely personal electronic records - The Shape Of Things (2012), Evidence (2013) and The Machine (2017), the latter being an eerie instrumental score for the theatre production of E.M. Forsterís The Machine Stops. Along the way theyíve collaborated with The Soft Moon, Gazelle Twin, ADULT., Xeno & Oaklander, Gary Numan, Matthew Dear and many more, but at the core of everything is Foxx and the Cornish-based artist / producer. "Benge is this generationís Conny Plank", grins Foxx. "He bears an uncanny resemblance to him - in every way. Own studio, generosity of spirit, clear vision, astute technical head, musically sound. Original thinker, open mind, eager conspirator in insanity and the desire to push everything beyond its limits and record it all perfectly - but holding no daft prejudices. In other words, the kind of captain you always want at the helm of the Enterprise."

Hannah Peel joined the line-up on the Interplay tour in 2011 and has played every show since, while also adding violin to Evidence and of course, Howl. "Hannah did a few star turns on the album," says Foxx, referring to the vicious noises that she conjured up as textures on a few songs. However on the electro-psychedelic Everything Is Happening At The Same Time, the complex interplay of the The Dance and the romantic longing of Strange Beauty, Foxx describes her string-led contributions as "luscious, expansive and eloquent."

Scheduled for release on Friday the 15th of May 2020, the full track-listing is as follows...

01. My Ghost
02. Howl
03. Everything Is Happening At The Same Time
04. Tarzan And Jane Regained
05. The Dance
06. New York Times
07. Last Time I Saw You
08. Strange Beauty

Compact Disc - Digipak can be pre-ordered from Townsend Records...


Limited Edition Black Vinyl can be pre-ordered from Townsend Records...


Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl can be pre-ordered from Townsend Records...


BUNDLE : Limited Edition Black Vinyl & Compact Disc - Digipak can be pre-ordered from Townsend Records...


BUNDLE : Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl & Compact Disc - Digipak can be pre-ordered from Townsend Records...


BUNDLE : Limited Edition Black Vinyl & Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl can be pre-ordered from Townsend Records...


BUNDLE : Limited Edition Black Vinyl, Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl & Compact Disc - Digipak can be pre-ordered from Townsend Records...


A Digital Download of the Single Version and the Album Version of the track Howl can be pre-ordered from Townsend Records...


*****

Rob
Posted by: TM77

Re: John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"... - Mon, 17 Feb 2020 02:18:14

The main guitar riff reminds me of Peter Murphy's, "Roll Call".
Posted by: Malpaso Man

Re: John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"... - Thu, 12 Mar 2020 08:32:03

Pre-ordered standard black vinyl. Looking forward to this.
Posted by: Rob Harris

Re: John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"... - Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:23:55

Compact Disc and Vinyl versions of Howl are now available to pre-order at Amazon...

Rob
Posted by: Malpaso Man

Re: John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"... - Thu, 02 Apr 2020 06:01:30

Got a notification that release date has been pushed to July 24th. Oh well.
Posted by: stufarq

Re: John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"... - Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:13:29

Just had an email from Rough Trade saying they're unable to fulfil orders for the orange vinyl edition as they can't find a manufacturer. Am I right in saying the orange one was exclusive to Rough Trade and won't be available anywhere else?
Posted by: Alone With Strangers

Re: John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"... - Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:07:35

The orange was 'indie only' stores I think, not just Rough Trade.
Posted by: Alone With Strangers

Re: John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"... - Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:05:32

This shop may have some left: Assai Records
Posted by: stufarq

Re: John Foxx And The Maths : "Howl"... - Sun, 16 Aug 2020 13:03:50

Great, ordered. Much appreciated, thank you.