Gary Numan set to electrify Assembly

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Synth-rock icon Gary Numan comes to the Leamington Assembly tomorrow (Friday June 7).

The singer, composer and musician is most widely known for his chart-topping 1979 hits Are Friends Electric? and Cars.

His signature sound consists of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals.

Numan is considered a pioneer of commercial electronic music and his use of themes from science fiction and combination of aggressive punk energy with electronics have been widely imitated.

Numan found success in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with Cars, which peaked at number one in the UK and Canada in 1979 and number nine in US in 1980. The 1979 album The Pleasure Principle reached number one in the UK, and a sell-out tour followed; the concert video it spawned is often cited as the first full-length commercial music video release.

The Pleasure Principle was a rock album with no guitars. Instead, Numan used synthesisers fed through guitar effects pedals to achieve a distorted, phased, metallic tone. The Pleasure Principle remains one of Numan’s most highly-regarded efforts to date.

Fans of Numan include such musicians as Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and Nirvana), Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails), and Marilyn Manson, who proclaimed his work an influence and have recorded cover versions of old Numan hits.

Numan is currently working on a new album due for release in 2013. He said: “The one I’m working on now is very heavy, very aggressive and very dark.”

He described it has having elements of his 2011 album Dead Son Rising in that, adding: “It’s much further along that particular road.”

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