“Dog Soldiers”, New Model Army interview

new model armyNew Model Army are an old favourite at G&A towers and their most recent LP, “Between Dog and Wolf”, is a return to form.  The excellent Quietus interviewed NMA recently…

It’s been five years since the last New Model Army album, five years in which events have forced the long running band to draw a line under their past. Some of these were celebratory – an extensive 30th anniversary tour, a comprehensive reissue of their debut album – others less happy, such as the departure of bass player Nelson after 22 years of active service. More tragic was a fire in their studio that destroyed years of live recordings and most of the band’s instruments, and most awful of all the death of their long serving manager Tommy Tee, just prior to the recording of their last album, 2009’s Today Is A Good Day. All of this enforced not only a long break between records, but an audible attempt to forge forward, rather than looking back. New album Between Dog And Wolf, while just about recognisable as New Model Army, throws out much that we know about them: the earnest punk, much of the overt politics, the world-muso folkiness and most of the guitars. What’s left is a lean, textured record of murder ballads and gothic Americana led by tom-heavy rhythms.

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RIP Rob Heaton, drummer with New Model Army

It is today, 4th November, that we remember the amazing talent of Rob Heaton.  Best known as drummer for New Model Army, Rob also played bass, guitar, sang and wrote several NMA songs.

On the NMA 30th anniversary anthology CD/DVD set, the band, crew and friends have chosen and written about their favourite tracks, and the notes for “Green and Grey” read:

Sadly, Robert is no longer with us to select any songs, and while he may not have chosen this track himself, it’s an apt choice to dedicate to him.  “green and Grey was Robert’s masterpiece in which he wrote all the instrumentation and sets the track going by shouting down the hole in the acoustic guitar.

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