Rammstein. Nine Inch Nails. Just two of the acts who owe a debt of gratitude to Gary Numan. An artist who not only kept with the times, but changed them as well.
Songs like Cars, Are Friends Electric? and This Machine, were at the forefront of the New Wave movement. Music that stands the test of time, and Numan still produces a high standard today. None more so than his new E.P., The Fallen.
An extension to his hugely successful album, Savage (Songs From A Broken World), this E.P is a 3 track affair, and possesses all the quality of the album that Numan fought so hard to bring out in the first place. So what can we expect from this?
The first song on the E.P is, It Will End Here. And it sticks to the principal (pleasure principal, if you will…) of Savage, as Numan gives off a whisper of subtle vocals before he gives his usual all in the chorus and never losing it’s futuristic, dark edge in the process. This will be a cracking song to hear at one of his live shows too.
Second song of the three is, The Promise. A song full of industrial strength sounds, a reminder of why Trent Reznor is such a fan of Numan. With heavy electronica, whether it be keyboards or guitar, this is a proper, proper piece of rock music. Whether that was in the intention is unclear, but it certainly belongs on any Numan release.
The Fallen comes to an end with the third number, If We Had Known. A remorseful and retrospective style of song, but done in a style that came when Numan released, My Name Is Ruin. But this is a reminder of how versatile an artist Numan is, and how relevant he still is. Any budding new artist should listen to his new work and keep telling themselves that anything is possible.
You can probably tell that I’m a Numanoid, and for good reason. His music has never gone out of fashion, he reinvents himself so others have to do the catching up. And if this is the measure of what we can expect from Gary Numan in the future, then the others will have to run pretty fast to keep up. An E.P of absolute excellence from the industrial master.
The Fallen E.P is released on the BMG Records label on Friday November 9th
Catch Gary Numan on tour on the following dates at the following locations:
Monday 12th November – St Davids Hall, Cardiff
Tuesday 13th November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Thursday 15th November – City Hall, Newcastle
Saturday 17th November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Sunday 18th November – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Monday 19th November – Royal Albert Hall, London
Tuesday 20th November – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow