Saturday 17 October 2015
Solid Entertainment is proud to announce that seminal English group THE FALL will return to New Zealand in October.
A peerless and totally original group The Fall and its leader Mark E Smith have a place as one of the most pre-eminent groups in any discerning musical history across the last four decades. The Fall, more than any other group are definitive and transcendent of a whole musical world and pop culture post-punk.
The Fall are famously the favourite ever group of the legendary UK DJ John Peel, and they recorded easily the most of his prized and much coveted BBC radio sessions. The Fall’s 24 Peel Sessions between 1978 and 2004 are testament to the brilliance and originality of Mark E Smith and to Peel who more than any other music presenter in the world set the agenda for new and challenging music.
Peel’s perfect characterisation of The Fall “always different, always the same” has fallen into common musical folklore and parlance. If you’re a fan of The Fall they will never let you down. Always evolving, always relevant, always vital, always uncompromising, always The Fall.
The Fall is noted for its prolific output. Released in May, Sub-Lingual Tablet is The Fall’s 31st studio album in a 39 year history. In addition to the studio albums they have released more than triple that, counting live albums and other compilations.
Essentially built around its founder and only constant member, Mark E. Smith, The Fall formed in Manchester in 1976 and has existed ever since. Smith has shuffled and re-booted The Fall line-up countless times over the years and as a result the group always remain fresh, vital, energised and unlike any other band continues
The current Fall line-up is Peter Greenway (lead guitar), Keiron Melling (drums), Elena Poulou (keyboards,vocals), Mark E. Smith (vocals) and David Spurr (bass).
The Fall’s official biography prosaically notes that “the group’s music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, but is often characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.”
Other people describe The Fall more in terms of superlatives, with awe and respect, using words such as genius, unique, inimitable, enigmatic, provocative, exciting, incomparable, iconic, unforgettable, mercurial and simply - some of the very best music and albums ever made.
The last time The Fall played in Auckland was in 2010 when they played a blinding set to an enraptured audience. The time before that was over 30 years earlier in 1982. The NZ Herald closed out their 2010 review hitting the nail on head by saying The Fall “prove themselves one of those bands to see before you die”.