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Naked Lunch - Beyond Planets

United Kingdom
Band Description
The Electro Punk Pioneers are Back!!!
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Artist Biography
Formed in 1979 by vocalist Tony Mayo and guitarist Gary Shepherd as Sons of Perdition, though this name was changed to Naked Lunch after their debut gig, the band underwent a few changes in personnel as well as working out and delivering their sounds live. To condense their story, from a show alongside the likes of DAF, Cabaret Voltaire, Fad Gadget, B Movie, and Clock DVA organised by the band and Stevo, who Tony had DJ’ed with previously, the band undertook the Naked Lunch’s Electronic Indoctrination Tour in 1980 which included a show at Leeds Futurama, which was filmed and eventually broadcast on BBC2. Naked Lunch then set about helping Stevo find artists and recordings to make up the Some Bizarre album, to which the band itself contributed La Femme (a song originally called Le Femme but Phonogram who the Daniel Miller (The Normal) owned Mute released the album through, changed it to grammatically correct French, missing the point of the androgyny of the electronic music scene and that the song was about that). After a parting with Stevo, Naked Lunch became managed by Ramkup with the single Rabies backed by Slipping Again being released, though it suffered from a ban on day time radio play due to the title but did receive good play and support from the likes of John Peel and Nicky Horne on their night time shows. Line-up changes continued t before the band split in 1981 with Mayo retaining the name Naked Lunch, which he registered with Companies House in May 1981. A second version of the band emerged as a live thing until 1985 and though Mayo continued with Naked Lunch projects the band as such was a quiet presence.

2010 saw Mayo link up again with early member Paul Davies and writing new material, with Mick Clark and Cliff Chapman joining in 2011, both in the original line-up. Their first gig for over 30 years came at BAS II with the addition of Mark Irvine coming in early 2012 and Jet Noir linking up in June of 2013.


Press Release
The Electro Punk Pioneers are Back!!!

Naked Lunch are Back with Their' New Album 'Beyond Planets' after a 30 Year Break,
Complete with 'Trance Princess' Jet Noir Joining Them on Synths and Backing Vocals.
Naked Lunch Bring You a Gothic Electronic Masterpiece of an Album with Lush Orchestral Soundscapes, 
Screaming Synthlines, Pounding Beats and Tony Mayo's Signature Haunting Voice.
Recorded at the Wonderful 'Le Jardin Electronique' Recording Studio in Bedfordshire and
World Renowned London Recording Studios on Brick Lane, This Album is a Triumphant Return.
"Long time friends of The Flag, Naked Lunch have ventured out with a video for new track Alone and we’ve been playing it to the crew for motivation.
For those of you who have had your ears glued shut forever, Naked Lunch are an electro punk band formed in 1979 and were an early 80′s act, consisting of members Tony Mayo, Paul Davies, Mickey Clarke, Cliff Chapman, Mark Irving and newest member, the exquisite Jet Noir.
Alone is dark temptress of a song, brandishing promises of lustful intrigue and then cutting you down like cold steel with it’s sharp melancholy, a classic electro rhythm with eery vocals to drag you deeper into the complex sound. It’s sexy, but not in an obvious way, like a mates sexy mum wearing a long dress to cover up around the naughty boys, you know there is a hint of wildness in there waiting to get out but it’s being kept back for now, teasing you, but you love it.
The video, directed and filmed by the amazing Pete Lankston of Hush Hush Media, is an artsy mix of live coverage and expressive, sometimes suggestive, scenes of a lady. It compliments the song perfectly by being mysterious and tempting.
I, of course, love everything Naked Lunch do and I hope this new era of creating great music is a long and fruitful one, we look forward to more very very soon." ~ The Black Flag
This digital single 'Alone' is the first official release of new material written by the band since they reformed after 30 years in the wilderness, the line-up now including four of the original five members. Remarkably, in many respects, it's almost as if it were only a couple of months between Alone and their previous single Make Believe/Breathe - released in 1984, and it continues the band's aim of releasing singles that sound nothing like a previous single. A challenge to be sure but an admirable one to set yourself - and they've pulled it off. 
The post punk/minimal synth musical language of Naked Lunch often conjours up images of bleak, wind-swept, post apocalyptic landscapes, and the opening seconds of Alone only serve to re-enforce that. The accompanying video draws inspiration from the lyrics, creating a blend of expressionist silent German cinema and Lars Von Trier's creepy hospital TV thriller The Kingdom. It is the ideal accompaniment. "Am I real, or is it just a dream?" asks lead vocalist Tony Mayo in what is one of his most unhinged performances to date. Largely spoken, the philosophical lyrics are delivered in part through schizophrenic gritted teeth, and partly on the edge of hysteria. The mood is alleviated slightly with some hauntingly whispered female backing vocals by newcomer to the band Jet Noir (who's album Emotional Chess we reviewed earlier this year). 
The atmosphere created by the deliberately-paced percussion, chilling synths and Gothic guitars plays like a Lovecraftian story, beginning with what sounds like the mists parting to reveal a ravaged earth and closing (in a satisfyingly circular manner) with Noir citing from what could be the Necronomicon (perhaps summoning the Old Ones?) as the wind howls and the mists once again envelops our protagonists. No-one else really sounds like Naked Lunch do. The tone is beautifully judged with all the major musical factors each having its own clarity (thanks in part to some terrific production work); and as a teaser for their first ever album, due for release later this year, one couldn't ask for more. 8/10 ~ Rob Dyer DSOAUDIO
Following their return with the single Alone earlier this year, UK electric rock band Naked Lunch back up its intrigue and success with new release Slipping Again, Again. Building on its predecessor’s potent temptation the new single ups the ante with its magnetic and enthralling shadow clad electronic enterprise and electro punk seduction.
Consisting of band founder vocalist Tony Mayo with original members Mick Clark and Cliff Chapman alongside Paul Davies who was in one of the band’s earlier line-ups, and newest members Mark Irvine and Jet Noir, Naked Lunch has shown that time has enriched their snarl and imaginative depths, and they were never short on those facets when they emerged in 1979. A key influence and driving force in much of the eighties electronic movement, in sound and behind the scenes including the coming together of the important Some Bizarre album via Mute Records, the band had a difficult time with line-up instability and the like, though it did release the single Rabies and contribute the track La Femme to the aforementioned album, two iconic tracks to emerge form that period, before disbanding. Their return in 2012 at the BAS II and the haunting dark caress of comeback single Alone brought the band back to the attention and appetites of fans old and new; a hunger which the new release will only increase you suspect.
Slipping Again, Again is a reworking of the B-side Slipping Again from the 1981 single Rabies. It is a darker, more sinister and intense presence than the original but an encounter which does not lose the essence and heart of the song, instead giving it a fresher breath and stronger intrigue. The opening electronic breeze is soon grasping the spiralling bass fuelled throat of the dark magnetism immediately at work within the song. Guitars scar the air with acidic endeavour whilst the vocals of Mayo, showing age and maturity which is strikingly noticeable when playing both versions of the song side by side, bring further menace and confrontation to the track, his dark croon a provocative incitement within the contagious call of the song. With a delicious rhythmic dance ensnaring the senses and emotions further, the song is an irresistible lure which as good as the original was presents a scintillating new presence.
Hinted at on Alone, there is a stronger undeniable Frank Tovey breath to certainly the darkest edges and depths of Slipping Again, Again, a spice which only increases the temptation of the song. It all adds to a single which leaves full satisfaction and pleasure at large, and as much as the want for new material from Naked Lunch is an open wish, Slipping Again, Again fills the gap with impressive enticement and thrilling suasion.
RingMaster 14/10/2013

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