“I didn't like the idea of just being a revival band, it can get a bit cabaret, and start to lose its appeal.”
The word according to Clive Langer, record producer of some legend and doyen of everybody's favourite blast from the Liverpool past, Deaf School.
He was explaining why, after too many years to remember, Deaf School are about to release five brand new songs.
It had to be done: new songs and a new Deaf School sound
“It's been a long time coming," he told Liverpool Confidential, “but it only seemed logical to try to do some new recording following a Deaf School revival on the live scene.
“It had to be done," new songs written by him, Steve Allen and Steve Lindsey, "and a new Deaf School sound.”
A popular rabble of Liverpool Art College students, since cited by former NME editor Paul du Noyer as the most important band to come out of the city after The Beatles, Deaf School ended it all at the peak of their powers. It was a generation or more ago: just as the rest of the UK was singing God Save The Queen – in one version or another.
Langer, Bette Bright, Enrico Cadillac, Steve "Mr Average" Lindsey, The Reverend Max Ripple and all, went on to do big exciting things in the music industry under more sober names; hit albums like Second Honeymoon a fond memory.
They left it a decade to regroup for a one-off tryst and then finally renewed their vows a couple of years ago - sadly losing vocalist Eric Shark (Sam Davies) who died in January. 2010.
Now the Tories are in back in power, Kenny Dalglish is at Anfield, so a new Deaf School album seems entirely logical. Live is where it's at, and the band embark on a tour of the UK in February – followed by dates in Japan where they may yet be huge. Cue for another song.
And judging by the title of the new single, U Turn Away, on an album called Enrico+Bette xx, not only have the band refused to play out their Final Act but are embracing text speak too.
So they are talking the 2011 talk. But can they walk its walk too?
Bette's powerful, Chrissie Hynde style vocals and big tenor sax from Ian Ritchie certainly suggest so, as they confidently plough tight waves of proper tunes with proper insistent hooks and riffs. Impact songs that do tend to stay swilling around in your head the next day – as was always the Deaf School way.
Clive said: “Enrico+Bette xx is our first studio recording since '78 and has given the band a boost that hopefully will be evident in our up and coming shows. Hope you enjoy it.”
*Enrico+Bette is released next Monday (January 28).
*Deaf School play The Listen and Learn Tour. Band on the Wall Manchester, Friday Feb 4; Sunday Feb 6, New Roscoe, Leeds; 02 Academy Liverpool on Saturday Feb 12 (with Tommy Scott's 'Drellas), plus other dates in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, and Sheffield.
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