New Model Army for a Tuesday night. 37 years without a stop, but with a continuous shuffle of band members, to the point where Lead Singer, composer and guitarist Justin Sullivan is the only original member still at it.
New Model Army began in 1980, largely considered a Punk band. But over the years they’ve been labeled a number of things – Punk, Post-Punk, Folk, Soul, Alternative, neo-Metal – it runs the gamut. But they have maintained an individual stamp on things going on 37 years now – so forget labels and just get into the music.
With 14 studio albums, 4 live albums, 10 compilation albums, 5 eps and some 20 singles to their credit, New Model Army have set down an impressive resume of work. With their 14th album, Winter released a year ago, the band are gigging as strongly as ever and are currently on tour until the end of December, playing a string of sold out shows along the way.
This concert comes around the time of the release of their fifth album, Impurity, which also marked their last album for EMI and their first album with new bassist Peter Nice (aka: Nelson), replacing their second bassist Jason “Moose” Harris. it also continued exploring the more folk-oriented sound they had begun tinkering with during their previous album, Thunder and Consolation.
But true to New Model Army form, would you call it a Folk album? No. Would you say they were diving into Folk? Not really. As wth all of New Model Army’s music, it’s beyond description and defies pigeonholing. And perhaps that’s one of the reasons they’ve maintained such a large following all these years – not allowing yourself to be put in a box, but rather embrace music for the notes themselves.
If you’re new to New Model Army, try and get to one of their concerts – in the meantime, here’s a taste of what they are all about.
Enjoy – and enjoy loudly.