Gary Numan has today announced a UK tour for March 2018, One of which is at the Roadmender on the 25th March 2015
‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ was released earlier this year through BMG and earned the best reviews of Gary’s career. He entered the UK charts at No.2, a fantastic achievement for
the iconic and highly influential Gary Numan. The British electro pioneer was also awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos this year.
‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is an album with a narrative that’s set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming Earth in the not-too-distant future. There is no technology left and most of the planet has turned to a desolate desert wasteland. Food is scarce, water even more so and human kindness and decency are just a dim and distant memory. Western and Eastern cultures have merged, more because of the need to simply survive than any feelings of greater tolerance or understanding. It’s a harsh, savage environment, as are the survivors who still roam across it.
While Numan was writing the record, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. It made sense to make him and his climate decisions the catalyst for the apocalypse theme of the album.
“The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment,” explains Numan. “It's about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they've done. That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book, ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there.”
The album was produced by long-term collaborator Ade Fenton, with recording sessions split between Numan’s own studio in LA, and in the UK. Numan and Fenton’s creative connection goes back to 2006’s ‘Jagged’. “Ade is not only extremely creative but ridiculously hard working, even in difficult circumstances,” says Numan. “It’s easy to discuss alternative ideas with him, he’s not precious about things and is always looking to make the music better, even if that means, on very rare occasions, undoing his own work and starting again.”
As the project took shape, Numan also set up a Pledge Music campaign to create an experience for fans that would let them see how an album was put together, from the first note to the finished shrink wrapped package. It was a strategy that brought Numan closer to his fans, and allowed him to communicate the blood, sweat and tears that goes into making a record. The campaign grew so successful that Numan consequently secured a record deal with BMG.
‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is out now on CD, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFiT formats.
The tracklisting for the standard CD edition of ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is:
1. ‘Ghost Nation’
2. ‘Bed Of Thorns’
3. ‘My Name Is Ruin’
4. ‘The End Of Things’
5. ‘And It All Began With You’
6. ‘When The World Comes Apart’
8. ‘What God Intended’
9. ‘Pray For The Pain You Serve’
The vinyl format adds ‘If I Said’ (track 9) and ‘Cold’ (track 12) while ‘If I Said’ also features on the deluxe CD (track 10).
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