New Studio Album
The latest news on the new album is all positive. Justin and the band have been hard at work in their Bradford studio working up new material. A couple of the new songs have been previewed at acoustic shows over the summer, but the remainder are being kept very close to home.
The band will go into a studio buried deep in the Welsh hills later this month to lay the rhythm tracks. At the controls will be producer/engineer Chris Tsangarides whom the band met earlier this year when he mixed the audio for the Live 161203 DVD. Chris has a tremendous track record stretching back 20 years with a wide and varied roster of artists that include Killing Joke, The Sisters Of Mercy, Concrete Blond, Depeche Mode, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne and (so it says here) Billy Ocean!
It will be clear by the end of the month exactly how work is progressing, but we remain confident of a spring 2005 release (mind you, we said that last year, and the year before...............)
We will endeavor to keep you all up to date with progress
Apologies to all for the postponement of the N American dates that were scheduled to start in a couple of weeks. Due to recording commitments we are now looking to return in the spring. Provisional period is March/April but the final period will depend on our successful application to perform at a national music showcase festival.
The planned cities remain the same - DC, NYC, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Phoenix, LA, SF, Seattle and any others that we can make work.
The final itinerary for the December dates can be confirmed as:
11th - Dublin - The Village
12th - Cork - The Vault
15th - Cambridge - Junction
16th - Manchester - Academy 2
17th - London - Astoria
18th - K�ln - Palladium
19th - Den Haag - Paard
Tickets for the above shows are available from the usual outlets and full details can be found on the tour page.
Art & Artefacts Exhibition
Was successfully launched at the Courthouse Arts Centre, a gallery in Otley near Bradford on Saturday 25th of September by a sold out show from Justin and Dean. The exhibition features a small selection of the forthcoming big display and was centred around original Joolz artwork, including the original Ghost Of Cain leather jacket. There was also a live "chat" on the Noticeboard during the event which can still be viewed.
The full exhibition, including more of Joolz' originals, backdrops, rough lyric originals, old instruments, t-shirt designs, music, DVDs and much more will open at the international gallery, Cartwright Hall in Bradford on the 11th December and run until the 30th of January 2005. The preview will run in Otley until October 9th.
There has been a tremendous interest in this exhibition from many different parts of Europe and we hope to incorporate it into the celebrations for next years 25th anniversary of New Model Army.
1980 - 2005
25 years of New Model Army
In addition to the release of the long awaited new studio album next year there is to a flurry of activity regarding the band's 25th birthday. EMI are already in discussion with us to re-master and release the EMI studio catalogue. These are rumoured to come in special 2CD sets with the full album on one disc and associated rarities and bonus tracks & b-sides on the other. More news on that next newsletter.
Plus, with a new album will come a long and wide reaching tour. We are hopefully to finally return to S America some time next year having.
The new Nozzle album "Twisted Vision" is now available in The Shop and will shortly be in store across Europe.
For those that are unaware, Nozzle is the side project formed by NMA guitarist Dave Blomberg and features Michael Dean on drums.
New EMI compilation
On October 18th EMI will release a budget compilation ("The Collection") featuring a few choice singles and select album tracks. This is being aimed at mainstream music retail (superstores, supermarkets, service stations) to try to spread the word on NMA and introduce us to a new audience that may only be familiar with one or two singles. There is nothing on the album that you will not have already but it is a great sounding CD and has new Joolz artwork .
Track Listing: Stupid Questions, 225, Eleven Years, Courage, Space, Heroes, 51st State, Vanity, No Rest, Ballad Of Bodmin Pill, Deadeye, Smalltown England (Live), Drag It Down, I Love The World (Live)