Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey new music Out
Honorary Aucklander and new wave icon Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey is set to release his first new music in 25 years: Bailey’s latest endeavour and first-ever solo album SCIENCE FICTION is due out July 13th via Mikrokosmos, distributed via Rhythmethod in NZ.
The album is produced by Bailey himself but also features the production assistance of Hal Ritson (Chemical Brothers, David Guetta). It was recorded in NZ, France and London with the studio being Bailey’s laptop and a set of headphones.
“I find it incredibly rewarding to be making pop music again”
Inspired by his return to the live stage in 2014, of SCIENCE FICTION, Tom Bailey commented, “I so much enjoyed playing concerts around the world over the last couple of years, that I began working behind the scenes on writing, recording and mixing the songs in this collection. I have concentrated on other areas of music for the past couple of decades – but I find it incredibly rewarding to be making pop music again. There’s something so special about the way this kind of music works and, for me, it’s like finding a long-lost friend.”
The songs on SCIENCE FICTION span the musical gamut – from synthpop meets soca to stadium pop – but all feature Bailey’s signature flair for hook-laden, radio-friendly tunes. The first single from the album ‘What Kind Of World’ and is inspired by the untimely death of music legend David Bowie, as well as Tesla owner Elon Musk’s vision of future commercial space travel. Is there life on Mars?
In support of SCIENCE FICTION, Tom Bailey is currently on a massive North American tour supporting Boy George & Culture Club and The B’52s.
The Thompson Twins had huge hits with songs such as ““Hold Me Now”, “Lies,” “Doctor Doctor”, “You Take Me Up,” “King For A Day” and “Love On Your Side”, providing the soundtrack for so many people’s lives in the mid-eighties. In 1985 the band played Live Aid where they were introduced by Madonna to a crowd of over 100,000 and an estimated global TV audience of 1.9 billion across 150 nations. They were later joined on stage during their performance by Madonna and Nile Rodgers.
The last Thompson Twins show was in Texas in August 1987. Since then Bailey has worked in many different areas of music, from the experimental electronic Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP, and the sound-system dub of International Observer.