Vic Godard & The Subway Sect
The Sexual Objects
FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2014
Coming up this weekend two of the most highly anticipated gigs of the year when Vic Godard returns for his traditional Scottish Vic-Ender with the Subway Sect in two after a two year hiatus.Two great gigs and a chance to purchase some great merchandise for Xmas presents and even a raffle at each gig, now that's proper entertainment!!
As usual the wonderful Sexual Objects will be supporting Vic at both gigs, on the 14th of Nov at Stereo in Glasgow and the 15th at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. As anyone will know who has attended Vic’s recent Scottish gigs you are in for an absolute treat. This will be especially so this year as Vic will be playing tunes from his recently released and critically acclaimed new album 1979 NOW!
After the release of 1978 NOW in 2007, a re-recording of Subway Sect’s ‘lost album’, recording and releasing Vic’s Northern Soul songs seemed a natural follow on. Initiated into the world of Northern Soul after Paul Myers passed on a bundle of 45s in 1978, the deceptive simplicity of many of the records convinced Vic to start practicing songs he had been writing in his bedroom, which would eventually lead to 1979 being one of his most productive song writing years.
An unexpected support slot for Siouxsie and The Banshees in Camden, 1980, meant many of the songs comprising 1979 NOW! got their first airing. Alan Horne recorded everything from their Northern Soul inspired instrumental opener, which was later reprised to close the set to songs such as ‘Caught In Midstream’ and ‘The Devil’s in League With You.’ The bootleg eventually found its way to Edwyn Collins, who chose to record ‘Holiday Hymn’ for Orange Juice’s 1981 Peel Session.
Nearly thirty years later and the seeds of 1979 NOW! took root, but went on the back burner as attention turned to other things, like recording ‘We Come As Aliens’, gigs and the release of ‘Live In Stereo’ (2009 gnu inc). Fast-forward to 2010 and with WCAA released (CD Overground/Vinyl gnu inc.) attention briefly returned to 1979 NOW! Eventually, after careful consideration, Myers agreed to come on board with Vic’s long-time collaborator, friend and fellow Chelsea fan Paul Cook, to record 1979 NOW! and perform live with Subway Sect; Kevin Younger, Mark Braby and Yusuf B’Layachi.
Work began on the first 1979 NOW! tracks at West Heath Studios in 2012 with Edwyn Collins and Seb Lewsley recording and producing. By spring 2013, with four tracks in the bag, AED Records released the ‘Caught In Midstream’/’You Bring Out The Demon In Me’ 7 inch. Recording continued through 2013, mixing and mastering completed in April 2014.