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New Regime - 1987 New Regime

ARTIST: New Regime
ALBUM: The Race
LABEL: RCA (Canada)
SERIAL: KKL1-0586 (LP), KCD-0586 (CD)
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Kevin Connelly - vocals * Norm McMullen - guitars * Jim MacDonald - keyboards, sequencing * Rob Laidlaw - bass * Neil A Taylor - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Race * 02 Love And Satisfaction * 03 Take It Or Leave It * 04 Where The Heart Is * 05 Terminal City * 06 Catch Fire * 07 Let It Loose * 08 It's Alright * 09 Wild Eyes

Canadian outfit New Regime, on their covershot for this album 'The Race' look more like standard fare 80's heavy metallers. The long hair, serious pouting, and metal garb would have you thinking they come from the Helix or Anvil school of Canadian rock. But no that's not the case. Images are somewhat deceiving, thankfully the music belies the look, with the band pitching their sound at the likes of Glass Tiger and Agent while they carry a certain amount of funkiness similar to Denmark's Hotel Hunger. All are purveyors of that hi-tech style blazing across the airwaves and MTV towards the end of the decade. If I recall, New Regime were favourites with the guys over at the long-lost Boulevard Magazine, and in some cases I can see why. Connelly's voice has a remarkable resemblance to some of those UK 'new romantic' singers like Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Martin Fry (ABC) and ex Scotsman Alan Frew (Glass Tiger).

The Songs
For instance, the essential listening of 'Love And Satisfaction' is perhaps their trademark sound. 'Where The Heart Is' demonstrates their innate sense of melody, as heard on the ear-candy chorus. Lovely stuff. A track like 'Terminal City' definitely has the brakes taken off, with guitars-a-swinging and keyboards-a-parping! 'Catch Fire' has a Rush vibe to it similar in shape to their mid 1980's efforts. 'It's Alright' is a pleasant enough tune, as is the overly poppy 'Take It Or Leave It', but the band finish off with the wistful but ultimately pointless exercise that is 'Wild Eyes', with a slow-tempo completely in contrast with the song-title, enough to bore the pants of you. However, a quick flick back to 'Love And Satisfaction' and they're forgiven immediately!

In Summary
The band like many others featured here at GDM, died a death soon after. The only trace of life after the event was the 1996 solo album 'Son Of The Sun' by lead singer Kevin Connelly, while Laidlaw turned up in the 2001/2002 version of Honeymoon Suite. Worth an investigation for fans of Canadian hi-tech AOR.

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#1 | super80boy on August 09 2015 18:50:09
New Regime started with a self titled album released in 1985. It had a more new wave slant, but it still rocked and is quite good. 'Love And Satisfaction' and 'The Race' definitely harkens back to their first S/T offering. They did a couple of music videos to promote singles off that album as well. The Race is certainly a more mature effort and takes the listener further into AOR territory. The Race era band line up looks much different from two years prior. I find The Race a solid effort that satisfies.
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