COMASAT ANGELS TOUR
Comsat Angels / UK Mini Tour October 2009
GLASGOW – ABC – Thursday-22-Oct
MANCHESTER – ACADEMY – Friday-23-Oct
LONDON – ACADEMY – Saturday-24-Oct
The Comsat Angels return…
Following the massive success of the band’s reunion at Sheffield’s Sensoria festival in April, The Comsat Angels have announced a further 3 UK dates in October.
Three major recording contracts, no hit singles, legal complications – and yet the Comsat Angels survived to make thoughtful, expressive guitar music for more than 15 years. Formed in Sheffield, England, at the end of the 70s as Radio Earth, they initially merged the zest of punk with a mature songwriting approach, using strong keyboard elements. The line-up of Stephen Fellows (guitar, vocals), Mik Glaisher (drums), Kevin Bacon (bass) and Andy Peake (keyboards) was to remain constant throughout their early career. ‘Sleep No More’ was their highest UK chart placing at number 51 but after ‘Fiction’ only skimmed the lower reaches of the Top 100, Polydor Records lost patience and the band moved to the CBS Records subsidiary Jive.
The Comsat Angels invested heavily in their recording studio in Sheffield, which subsequently became a focus for the city’s musical creativity. Early in 1990, they announced they were changing their name to Dream Command in the hope that it would bring about a change of fortune, and released the album ‘Fire On The Moon’. Bacon quit the band only to join up again when they reverted to their original name, signing to RPM Records for the release of a new album, ‘My Minds Eye’, in addition to two compilations of radio sessions. ‘The Glamour’, with new members Terry Todd (bass) and Simon Anderson (guitar), saw the Comsat Angels story end in familiar fashion – their superbly crafted, wry rock pop heard only by their existing clutch of die-hard European and American fans.
Active from 1978 to 1995, Comsat Angels have been credited as an inspiration to current bands such as Editors, Interpol and White Lies and have been lovingly championed by film critic Mark Kermode as “the band Joy Division should have been.”
The band will be performing songs from their first three albums only.