John Taylor from London electro-tech duo Punx Soundcheck chatted to Skrufff again this week about the bands upcoming debut album When Machines Ruled the World and insisted their decision to gather together a Band Aid style reunion of 80s New Romantic stars was purely accidental.
Obviously there are lots of people on the album that, er, I wouldnt say idolized but we were very influenced by, John confessed, but they all got involved through chance. Marc Almond was, and is, a huge influence on us, as is Boy George, but we didnt sit here one day and think Right we are going to get hold of Marc Almond to do a track, it just happened that hed liked one of our records and we got in touch and he decided he wanted to do a track. With George it was the same, said John.
The album also includes Visage frontman Steve Strange singing genuinely new material the first time in years.
Three years ago we did a remix of Fade To Grey and Princess Julia managed to hook us up and we struck up a friendship really. said John.
We didnt plan to get all these eighties influences on our album, but it just happened like that, weve also got Gene Serenem Avenue D and Larry Tee doing a little guest vocal because hes got such a creepy New York kind of accent, which is just perfect for the track. But all of them got involved through chance.
When Machines Ruled the World is out shortly on Berlin label Pale Music. The pair perform a dex & FX set at Computer Blue at Bar Music Hall, on Friday April 28.
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)