To start this week Rhino Records UK has announced the release of ‘Total: From Joy Division To New Order’ ‘ a single CD collection of tracks from two of the most important groups in British musical history, Joy Division and New Order. Despite a tragically short existence as a band, Joy Division have stood the test of time, remaining one of the most important and influential bands from the UK. With the sad passing of Ian Curtis, Joy Division were forced to re-think and from the ashes rose New Order. The same core band, New Order took forward the linear progression of Joy Division and translated it into a new, exciting sound. Firmly rooted in their post-punk boots but using pioneering technological advances in music, New Order were early adopters of electronics in pop music and eventually went on to write the biggest selling dance 12’ of all time ‘Blue Monday’. The album has been mastered by Frank Arkwright and features exciting new cover-art overseen by Peter Saville former art director of Factory Records.
Also this week Brit rockers Muse have spoken about their recording plans, and hint that new music might be ‘softer’, drummer Dominic Howard and bassist Chris Wolstenholme spoke to NME at an award ceremony and dropped some details of their next album. They plan to record in September or October of this year and ‘definitely’ put an album out in 2012, three years after their last effort The Resistance. With the band commited to headlining Reading and Leed’s Festivals in August Wolstenholme said, ‘September, October time we’ll get into the studio and start writing and working on the songs.” Howard said, ‘it takes as long as it takes really, because you have to love it before you can just chuck it out there and into the real world. But definitely next year.’ They also revealed that ringleader Matt Bellamy is showing his softer side in new music he’s presented to them, Howard added, ‘Who knows, it might be softer rock, but then it’s up to me and Chris to make it heavy again. A heavy rock lullaby! But I’m sure it will move forward in some way.”
Finally this week it has been announced that Biffy Clyro are set to be named Royal Albert Hall Best British Band at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards in July. The Scottish trio, who were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize last year, revealed they are delighted to receive the prestigious award and follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Elton John and Paul McCartney, They said: “We follow in the footsteps of some great bands who’ve received this award and we couldn’t be happier with this honour. Music has been a massive part of our lives – just like it is for all the people Nordoff Robbins help“. The Nordoff Robbins charity, which has been holding the annual ceremony for over 35 years, said the band were an “easy choice” for the top award, David Munns, chairman of the charity, said; “As one of the biggest British rock bands to emerge in the last 10 years, Biffy Clyro are already renowned for their explosive live performances, making them a very easy choice in the Best British Band category“. So a massive well done to Biffy Clyro and may i say it’s definately deserved!!