Monday, April 16, 2012

New Model Army


Whoever said that political music can't also be romantic had never heard of New Model Army.  A post-punk band from England, NMA make gorgeous songs about society and politics, incorporating lush instrumentation and poetic lyrics.

"Purity"

Years ago, sometime in 1998-99 when the Chumbawamba mailing list was still active and buzzing with discussions about music and political strife, someone from the fan base took it upon themselves to send me Strange Brotherhood, the new CD by New Model Army.  I honestly don't remember who sent it to me, but I was happy to receive new music and am forever grateful that they introduced me to NMA.

"Big Blue"

I eventually loaned that disc to a friend... it came back so scratched and chipped that it was unplayable.  I no longer lend out CD's because of this one incident.  It being an import, it took me a while to find a new copy of the album, but I was able to pick up an older live album from Tower Records.  This band sounds like an amazing live band.

"Vagabonds" (Live)

Eventually, I was able to collect pretty much all of their albums, including the previously destroyed album.  Their earliest stuff is typical post-punk rock, but still quite outstanding.

"Lovesongs"

I've noticed their more recent music (from Strange Brotherhood on) has been greatly influenced by artists like Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave.  This is far from a bad thing and only makes me like them more.

"Someone Like Jesus"

Really, I have only been impressed by NMA, and I can't think of a single bit of their music I don't enjoy.  I find it rather alarming that such a great band that's been around for so long (and one that's rather huge throughout all of Europe) is so unknown here in the United States.  That needs to be rectified.

"No Pain" (Live)

Well, that's really about all I have to say about New Model Army.  I suggest everyone who enjoyed what they've heard here search out more.  You won't be disappointed, I can assure you that.

"One of The Chosen"