'80s electro-pop synth pioneer Gary Numan is set to release his 20th album, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) (Machine Music Label) on Tuesday, October 15th. For over 35 years, Numan has been pushing the envelope with his innovative electronic music. Widely known for his mega hits, "Cars" and "Are Friends Electric?," Numan has a deep catalog that runs the gamut of sonics and musical styles from pop radio hits to underground industrial goth not for the faint-hearted. Over a span of seven years and personal turmoil including depression, midlife crises, and adjusting to fatherhood, Numan fell in and out of the writing process and struggled to comeplete the new album. But in 2012 it all changed, with a permanent relocation to Los Angeles, a happy home life and a brand new studio; Numan was back at it, full on.
The result is a whirlwind of emotional content set to the backdrop of plush synths and hard beats that make for a pretty epic production. In a recent interview Numan states, "the reason why the album is called Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) is because of the depression. I felt broken. That’s where that subtitle comes from. It’s not a nice thing at all." Fans can now pre-order the album via amoeba.com.
You can also catch Gary Numan performing and doing an album signing at Amoeba Hollywood on Wednesday, October 16 at 6pm! The signing line is limited to folks who purchase Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) at Amoeba Hollywood starting Tuesday 10/15 (release date). More info.
Our What's In My Bag? crew caught up with Gary Numan during a recent visit to our Hollywood store. He digs for some choice CDs and has a great story for every album. He recalls discovering Depeche Mode in 1979, almost signing them to a record deal. Picking up Kraftwerk's The Man Machine, some might be surprised to learn that Kraftwerk, according to Numan, was not an influence on him, although he does regard them as "the begining" and says, "I was a weak pretender compared to them." From Marilyn Manson wanting to perform with him to becoming good friends with Trent Reznor and proclaiming Nine Inch Nails, "probably the best band ever" there's so much great stuff in this episode!
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Official video promo for Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)