Gary Numan plays The Assembly in Leamington 29th July

Gary Numan plays The Assembly in Leamington 29th July

With a new album “Savage” due on the 15th September and first single “My Name is Ruin” out now Gary Numan is doing a short run of dates ahead of his major European tour.   This includes a Saturday night (29th July)  at The Assembly in Leamington Spa.

‘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 UKNuman 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 album has today been previewed with its first single ‘My Name Is Ruin’. It’s a menacing industrial march in which the unrelenting mechanized intensity is countered by the humanity of its sweet, swirling backing vocals which exude a palpable Egyptian influence. It’s immediately captivating but brutally uncompromising: the sound of an artist eager to continue to push both himself and his audience almost four decades after presenting his initial sonic prototype.

The initial dates and full tour information is shown below.

July

27th – Liverpool, Clarence Dock

28th – Hull, Welly Club

29th – Leamington Spa, The Assembly

30th – Hertfordshire, Standon Calling

 

September

30th – Cardiff, Tramshed

 

October

2nd – Bournemouth, O2 Academy

3rd – Leeds, O2 Academy

5th – Bristol, Colston Hall

6th – Oxford, O2 Academy

7th – Nottingham, Rock City

9th – Newcastle, O2 Academy

10th – Glasgow, O2 ABC

 

13th – Manchester, Academy

14th – London, O2 Academy Brixton

16th – Brighton, Dome

17th – Norwich, UEA

18th – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion

19th – Belgium, Leuven, Het Depot

20th – France, Paris, La Trabendo

21st – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso

24th – Slovakia, Bratislava, Majestic Music Club

25th – Germany, Cologne, Essigfabrik

26th – Germany, Berlin, Columbiatheater

27th – Poland, Łódź, Soundedit

 

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