Dutch electro pioneers Minny Pops are set to release their first new material for nearly thirty years with a new single ‘Waiting For This To Happen’/‘Glistering’ on Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label on the 26th of November 2012.
In a year that has seen the Amsterdam based band’s first live performances since December 1981 and now, thanks to The Charlatans front man and long-time supporter, their first studio recordings since 1984. Minny Pops’ vocalist/ provocateur Wally van Middendorp reflects that “This single is the never-hoped-for bonus of our reformation. It has been a long journey from FAC 31 to OGEN 19.”
FAC 31 refers to the band’s debut single for Factory Records, ‘Dolphin’s Spurt ‘/‘Goddess’, the fruits of their 1980 sessions at Strawberry Studios in Stockport. OGEN 19 saw van Middendorp and his band, Wim Dekkers (keyboards), Pieter Mulder (bass), Mark Ritsema (guitar) and Thomas Myrmel (programming) return to Stockport for an afternoon in September this year to commit their 21st-century selves to tape at Eve Studios with Tim Burgess producing and James Spencer engineering.
The result of that hit-and-run recording is the riffing pop with a twist of ‘Waiting For This To Happen’ and the eerie, Dungeness-haunted drone of ‘Glistering’. Released on seven inch vinyl and via digital download, the first new Minny Pops songs written in decades make for a remarkable and truly stunning release.
To celebrate, Minny Pops return to London to play a special show in conjunction with The Quietus and O Genesis at The Lexington on Monday the 26th of November 2012. The Quietus Occasion. (OGEN 027) will also feature a live set from Pavlov’s Children, readings by Craig Parkinson and DJ spots by Tim Burgess and Nik Colk Void ofFactory Floor.
Formed in 1978, Minny Pops took their name from the primitive Korg drum machine that propelled their stark, confrontational post-punk rhythms. Their association with Factory Records saw them share stages with Joy Division, New Order and A Certain Ratio and gain press plaudits in the UK for their ‘Sparks in A Dark Room’ album and a string of groundbreaking singles. In 1980 they became the first Dutchband to record a John Peel session.
They returned in early 2012 to play UK shows in support of the album ‘Standstill To Motion’ (LTM Recordings), a live CD/DVD package featuring 1981 performances in Amsterdam and New York. Minny Pops’ year of playing recklessly also saw them perform at the 1234 Festival in Shoreditch and Kendal Calling in Cumbria and, accept a personal invitation from Slash to support the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist at the Hammersmith Apollo in June.