Le Bus Palladium, Paris, France
10th November 2013
HEAVEN 17, WAITING FOR WORDS, Support Act: Shinny Darkness + New Wave / Synth Pop Party
For once, Paris will be the place to be on November 10th! A unique synth pop / new wave event will take place at the cult club “Le Bus Palladium” (Nitzer Ebb, Recoil amongst over played there) and Reflection Of Darkness is one of the partners of the event!
After three years of intense touring (29 gigs in 15 cities spread over France, Belgium, UK, USA, Germany...) and for the release of the double DVD/CD ‘Live in Paris’ (2 different gigs recorded in November 2012 for the Volume 1 and in March 23rd for the Volume 2), the French band WAITING FOR WORDS will give one last show before heading back to studio for their already awaited 6th album. Just before that, they will perform in Lyon on November 2nd with NACHTMAHR, DOLLS OF PAIN and K-BEREIT.
ZeN, the lead vocalist wrote us: “We've started the tour for 50 people in a small club and since then had a wonderful and rejuvenating experience ! We plaid with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Psyche, De/Vision, A Flock Of Seagulls, had a lot of sold out shows and 2013 was really the climax of it. When Le Bus Palladium offered us this headline slot we thought it was just a perfect way to end the tour.” And for the occasion, the band has a really, really special guest of luxury: HEAVEN 17, the cult band of Martyn Ware, Ian Craig March and Glenn Gregory!
For the record, Martyn and Ian are the original members who created THE HUMAN LEAGUE in the late 70's. After two albums, they were fired by the manager and by Phil Oakey, the lead vocalist. As a revenge - they were fired because the League was not enough “radio friendly” - they formed HEAVEN 17 with long-time friend and great vocalist, Glen Gregory. The debut album, ‘Penthouse and Pavement’ (1981) as well as the 2 follow ups, ‘The Luxury Gap’ (1983) and ‘How Men Are’ (1984) will define a large part of the sound of pop music in the 80's. HEAVEN 17 was one of the first band, before NEW ORDER, to introduce some Black Soul and Dance Music into the cold industrial and synthetic European New Wave. But HEAVEN 17 is not a dead band that would just reappear to benefit from the 80's nostalgia.
They remained very active over the last decades, focusing a lot on Touring has they only started playing live in the late 80's/early 90's. In 2010, they give a series of “Penthouse and Pavement” concerts over UK where they performed the all cult debut album in full as well as some rarities, cover and over hits. The Sheffield gig is available on DVD. Back to Paris... believe it or not... but it will be the FIRST ever gig of HEAVEN 17 in France! And what a perfect timing for the Sheffield band as Martyn's side project, BRITISH ELECTRIC FOUNDATION, has just released a superb cover album (Dark - Music and Quality and Distinction Vol. 3) and HEAVEN 17 is just about to release a DVD/CD recorded ‘Live at the London Metropolis Studio’ in 2012.
A unique opportunity to see them perform major hits such as ‘Let Me Go’, ‘Temptation’, ‘Fascist Groove Thing’, ‘Penthouse and Pavement’ or ‘Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry’ alongside with more obscure tracks the band likes to perform (‘Soul Warfare’, ‘Wichita Lineman’ or Human League's ‘Being Boiled’). The support act is another French synth pop band, SHINNY DARKNESS. Although I heard of them, especially since they often come to UK to perform, I've never had the opportunity of listening to a full album. Which I will do and review pretty soon. Their new single, ‘Mother’, is scheduled for release in the coming days.
And to make the evening perfect, the concert will be followed all night long by a New Wave / Synth Pop Party. All DJ's are not yet booked, but already on the bill: Lobo-K and the duet of DJ's M@T &; Golem XIII
Additional Concert Info
Live acts: Shinny Darkness (Support), Waiting For Words, Heaven 17
DJs: Lobo K, M@T and Golem XIII
Tickets : 31€ (concert + party) on presale / 45€ at door the night of the concert
Tickets available: http://www.weezevent.com/heaven17