XTC’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers to play series of live UK shows
Mixed by Stuart Rowe of Lighterthief (Andy Partridge, Future Sound Of London, Shriekback, Paul Weller, Jen Olive), the ‘Great Aspirations’ EP consists of four new original recordings that showcase Colin’s English pop vision. This is the first new material from Moulding in many years, highlighted in the band’s video for ‘Scatter Me’. The EP delivers XTC’s trademark qualities of melody, rhythm, variety, and idiosyncratic subject matter, mixed in with nostalgia fuelled by an understated political anger. In following with his songwriting history to date, Moulding shows an appreciation of the good things, such as friendship, landscape and longing. Here he again reminds us of what we stand to lose in the name of progress, looking at the rapidly changing world around him.
2018 marks the 40-year anniversary of XTC’s first studio album ‘White Music’. While XTC was founded in 1972, it wasn’t until 1979 that XTC had their first UK charting single. Moulding had written the first three charting singles (‘Life Begins at the Hop’, ‘Making Plans for Nigel’, and ‘Generals and Majors’). Chambers left the lineup in the 1980s, while Moulding continued his partnership with frontman Andy Partridge through the group’s dissolution in 2006.
TC&I ‘Great Aspirations’ CDs (both signed and unsigned copies) ars available exclusively through Pledge Music and Burning Shed. Lately there has been renewed interest in XTC, in part due to the release of eye-opening XTC documentary ‘This Is Pop’ about the band’s history and legacy, which looks at XTC and their journey from mercurial pop outsiders to full blown national treasures and one of Britain’s most influential yet unsung bands.
Priced at £27.50, tickets for TC&I’s first four dates go on sale at 10am on Monday, July 30. They are available at the Swindon Arts Centre box office (tel. 01793 524481) between Mon-Sat 10am-6pm or online at https://swindontheatres.co.uk/
‘Scatter Me’ YouTube https://youtu.be/Zkh_0ejs12Y
‘This is Pop’ trailer https://youtu.be/
Pledge Music https://www.pledgemusic.com/
Burning Shed https://burningshed.com/