B-Movie reform – new single released, album on the way
There have been rumours for some time, however it has now been confirmed that B-Movie are back, and have just released a brand new 3-track EP ”ËEchoes’, initially available only as a digital download, though this is soon to be made available as a limited edition vinyl imprint.
B-Movie hailed from Mansfield, initially playing basic punk rock ”â a change of direction and a switch to the B-Movie moniker saw a change in their fortunes; they found themselves at the forefront of the post punk movement, which back then was (painfully) tagged ”Ëfuturist’ ”â they gained an appearance with ”ËRefuge’ and ”ËMan On A Threshold’ on the Dead Good Records compilation ”ËEast’ in early 1980.
This brought them to the attention of maverick Stevo’s who signed them to his then fledgling Some Bizarre label along with future platinum artists such as Depeche Mode and Soft Cell. Their first release being the 12”Â EP ”ËMarilyn Dream’s’ followed by ”ËMoles’ which appeared on the legendary ”ËSome Bizarre’ compilation. Stevo had a knack of licensing his acts to larger labels ”â as such Phonogram imprint Deram picked up B-Movie and in April 81′ released ”ËRemembrance Day’ which was the bands most commercially successful track and took them to #61 in the UK National chart; however by March 82 they were back on Some Bizarre who put out the single ”ËNowhere Girl’ which climbed to #67 on the National chart, but went Top 10 in Europe. For reasons best known to themselves there was no follow up and interest in the band waned.
Keyboard player Rick Holliday left in 1983 and formed Six Sed Red with Soft Cell associate Cindy Ecstasy. The rest of the band re-surfaced in 1984 with the single “A Letter From Afar” produced by John “Jellybean” Benitez. Finally in 1985, they release the album “Forever Running” via Sire Records. It offered up re-recorded versions of the band’s two hits, but failed to sell and shortly after the called it a day.
After a long hiatus, in March 2006, B-Movie performed at The Metro nightclub in London; this marked the release of two vinyl albums ”ËVol 1 Remembrance Days’ and ”ËVol 2 Radio Day’ ”â despite clearly being a pair they were released on two differing labels, Document and the revived Dead Good Records.
Now the initial members are back; Rick Holliday (Keyboards) Steve Hovington (Vocals/Guitar) Graham Boffey (Drums/Vocals) Paul Statham (Bass) have re-conveened and produced the ‘Echoes’ EP, with plans for a full album and live dates.
The band appearred last week at the Wave-Gotif-Treffen Festival in Leipzig, and are planning both UK and European dates.
They have announced that they will release an all new album via Pledge Music