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Live Review: Erasure with Frankmusik at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 6th September 2011

By on Thursday, 15th September 2011 at 2:00 pm

Even though I was a bit too young to fully enjoy the music of the ’80s back in the day, it doesn’t mean I don’t have a deep respect and love for the music being made back then. Really, I’m a New Waver at heart. Seeing OMD in March reminded me how great the music from that era was and just how timeless it is. So it seemed logical that the next band on my list was Erasure, who are currently touring North America. (The duo plus their backing singers will be on the road in the UK in August.) My companion for the night had seen Erasure multiple times before, noting that the first time she saw them, singer Andy Bell was wearing buttless chaps. (Uh huh.) So him coming out onstage wearing a sparkly red sequined suit, gigantic Trojan helmet on his head, didn’t faze me one bit.

The opener was Frankmusik, who in the last year and a half has refashioned himself from straight synthpop to a more r&b / hip-hop edge. I wasn’t really convinced about this new direction until I saw him live, singing new songs ‘No ID’ and ‘Do It in the AM’. Whoa. These songs pack a punch and it even though this kind of music can be gimmicky, Frankmusik isn’t (and never was). He’s got the rhythm and he’s got the voice. Period. And if you’re wondering what a young kid like Vincent Frank is doing, going around the world with megastars Erasure, it’s because Frank produced Erasure’s new album ‘Tomorrow’s World’, out in October.

And judging from the new songs like ‘When I Start to (Break It All Down)’ and ‘A Whole Lotta Love Riot’ that Erasure trotted out tonight, these ’80s legends have a good chance of getting a foothold back on the charts again. While there was the expected craziness when ‘Chains of Love’ and my favourite ‘Chains of Love’ were played, their long set showed just how prolific they are as artists. Their obsessed fans were all the while gesticulating wildly, throwing their bodies into every song they knew by heart. To be honest, I didn’t think anyone could be as obsessed as Morrissey/Smiths fans, but I was wrong. Wow. Erasure’s live show, complete with two backing vocalists perfectly matched to Bell’s own voice and multi-instrumentalist Vince Clarke’s provided backing music, is a sight to behold and to take in.

After the cut: set list and more photos.

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Erasure / October 2011 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 14th July 2011 at 9:30 am

’80s titans Erasure have announced a sizable tour of the UK for October, just following the release of their latest album, ‘Tomorrow’s World’, on the 3rd of October. Tickets are on sale now.

Wednesday 12th October 2011 – Leicester De Monfort Hall
Thursday 13th October 2011 – Glasgow Academy
Saturday 15th October 2011 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Sunday 16th October 2011 – Newcastle Academy
Monday 17th October 2011 – Grimsby Auditorium
Wednesday 19th October 2011 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Thursday 20th October 2011 – Manchester Apollo
Friday 21st October 2011 – Preston Guildhall
Sunday 23rd October 2011 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tuesday 25th October 2011 – London Roundhouse
Friday 28th October 2011 – Southampton Guildhall
Saturday 29th October 2011 – Bristol Colston Hall
Sunday 30th October 2011 – Cardiff St Davids Hall
Tuesday 1st November 2011 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thursday 3rd November 2011 – Reading Hexagon
Friday 4th November 2011 – Brighton Dome


Preview: Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival 2011 Presents Mute

By on Wednesday, 16th February 2011 at 11:00 am

Famed London indie label Mute will be hosting 2 days (13-14 May) of the annual Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival at London’s Roundhouse this year. The first round of performers have been announced, and this event is shaping up to be a memorable one in 2011. On Friday (13th of May), there will be rare UK performances by Recoil (ex-Depeche Mode keyboardist Alan Wilder’s current experimental/pop project), Nitzer Ebb, noted German electronic music pioneers like Thomas Fehlmann and Thomas Brinkmann and many others. Mute’s founder Daniel Miller will also be performing a DJ set.

Saturday the 14th of May features an exclusive performance by legendary ’80s synthpop duo Erasure (of ‘Chains of Love’ and ‘A Little Respect’ fame), a guest spot by Pole (known to his mum as Stefan Betke) will lead a discussion entitled ‘An Introduction to the Science of Mastery’, and music producer Gareth Jones (who has worked with the likes of Depeche Mode, Erasure and Liars) will talk about his work with the Mute label. Films to be presented will include the 2009 Mark Stewart documentary ‘On/Off’ and a film by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Limited premium tickets have sold out, but tickets are still available for Friday (£30), Saturday (£45) and the 2-day event (£65). Please note that all events are 14+, but children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Visit the official London Roundhouse Web site for more details. The line-up so far for Short Circuit for Mute is available under the cut.

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New dates for Erasure, Motley Crue and Sugababes

By on Thursday, 12th April 2007 at 2:39 pm

Erasure have announced a tour in the Autumn, taking in:

3 September Oxford New Theatre
4 September Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
5 September York Grand Opera House
7 September Grimsby Auditorium
8 September Glasgow Carling Academy
9 September Edinburgh Corn Exchange
11 September Newcastle Carling Academy
12 September Preston Guildhall
13 September Manchester Apollo
15 September Norwich UEA
16 September Wolverhampton Civic Hall
17 September Leicester De Montfort Hall
19 September Bristol Colston Hall
20 September Sheffield City Hall
22 September Cardiff St Davids
23 September Cambridge Corn Exchange
25 September London Royal Albert Hall

Motley Crue have announced that they’ll be playing the following dates after their Download set:

11th June London Hammersmith Apollo
12th June Manchester Apollo

Tickets on sale tomorrow morning (Friday 13th April) for both these tours – good luck!


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