July 9, 2024

The Wolfgang Press announce details of a new album, ‘A 2nd Shape’


The Wolfgang Press announce details of a new album, 'A 2nd Shape'

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Out 27 September 2024 via Downwards Records is the all new album by the post-punk outfit The Wolfgang Press titled “A 2nd Shape” (check this preview). It’s the band’s first studio album in nearly 30 years.

The new album features core members Michael Allen and Andrew Gray, joined by Stephen Gray, Andrew’s brother.

Talking about the new album, The Wolfgang Press explain, “This album arrived naturally and organically. The tracks came about from a measured process, and we feel A 2nd Shape is timely and essential. We also feel Downwards Records has fitted in perfectly with this process, their enthusiasm for this project has been tangible and encouraging.”

Talking about the recording process, they go on to say “For this project we wanted the record to be made without the use of computers. It was important for us that the tracks were recorded on tape and played live as a band, with very little tampering/overdubbing. We purposely limited ourselves in the number of tracks we could record by using an old ADAT 8-track machine and the result of how well this worked surprised us all.”

About The Wolfgang Press

Musically active since the late ‘70s, Allen and Gray were originally in bands that formed the cornerstones of the early 4AD universe, with Gray in In Camera and Allen in Rema-Rema and Mass.

The Wolfgang Press – Michael Allen (vocals, bass), Mark Cox (keyboards), and Andrew Gray (guitar) – debuted with the LP “The Burden Of Mules” in 1983, followed by 1986’s “Standing Up Straight”, which featured Elizabeth Fraser on “I Am The Crime”. 1988’s “Bird Wood Cage” included “Kansas”. 1991’s “Queer” included influence of sample-based hip-hop.

The band’s final album as a trio, 1995’s “Funky Little Demons”, was their last studio album. In 2020, “Unremembered Remembered”, a collection of unreleased recordings by Allen and Gray was released.

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Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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