New Model Army
Formed by Justin Sullivan in Bradford in 1980, New Model Army’s
beginnings were inspired by Northern Soul, Punk Rock and the
incendiary atmosphere of the times. Since then, they have had a long,
creative and eventful journey. They have been massively influential
in ‘post-punk’, ‘folk-rock’, ‘political-rock’, ‘goth’, ‘metal’ and all kinds
of musical sub-cultures but they have steadfastly refused to belong to
any club that would have them as members.
Without a specific ‘genre’ audience, and never having had a massive
worldwide hit single, New Model Army still have album sales in the
millions, have attracted some of the biggest producers on the planet
(Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd, Andy Wallace, Bob Clearmountain, Joe
Barresi) and have built up an almost religious devotion amongst fans.
Having grasped early on that the Internet was going to revolutionise
the music industry, from the mid-1990s they set out on the now
fashionable wholly independent path of controlling all aspects of
their output. As a result, they have been perfectly placed to withstand
the changes in the Industry and have outlasted most of their peers.
There are very few bands in NMA’s position of being able to record
and release what they like when they like, while maintaining a
worldwide following and all without making a single artistic or
Recent years have also seen a revival in the band’s critical and
commercial fortunes. “Between Dog and Wolf” and “Between Wine
and Blood” (2013/14) and last year’s “Winter” albums have all
returned the band to the mainstream charts and seen their concert
audiences once again on the increase.
Originally formed as a three piece, the current five piece features
Michael Dean on drums, Dean White on keyboards and guitar,
Marshall Gill on guitar and Ceri Monger on bass.
This is a remarkable band - as hungry and focused as ever, with
a continually regenerating audience and insatiable creative