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New England - 2015 I Know There's Something Here [single]

ARTIST: New England
ALBUM: I Know There's Something Here b/w Conversation (single)
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: New England


LINEUP: John Fannon - guitars, vocals * Hirsh Gardner - drums, vocals * Jimmy Waldo - keyboards, vocals * Gary Shea - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Know There's Something Here * 02 Conversation


Anyone with a passing interest in the US Hard Rock/Melodic scene back in the late 70's/early 80's could not fail to know the name New England. This was a band out of Boston that produced 3 supremely crafted albums of melodic/hard rock garnering pretty much rave reviews wherever they went. Although achieving success with their self titled debut album this unfortunately was not sustained with the follow ups 'Explorer Suite' and 'Walking Wild', after which the band split up in 1982. In the intervening years the band have achieved real cult status within the Melodic/AOR fraternity, and with such releases as '1978' and 'Greatest Hits Live' the band's name has been kept very much alive. All four members have stayed active within the music business and in the last few years, they have been getting together to perform at various charity concerts. This culminated in a full blown reunion in 2014 and on the back of this successful venture, New England have got back together in the studio to produce this new single.

The Songs
Anything with the name 'New England' attached to it has always been seen, by me at least as a mark of real quality, and this, the first newly recorded material under the band name for some 30 years is no different. All of the elements that fans of the band know and love are still firmly in place. From John Fannon's unmistakable vocals, Hirsh's powerhouse drumming, Jimmy Waldo's infectious keyboard runs and Gary's melodic bass playing.'I Know There's Something Here' starts out with ethereal keyboards and lovely, breathy vocals from John Fannon before the song settles into the groove of being a mid paced number, which peels back the years, evoking such glories as 'Honey Money', 'Explorer Suite' and 'Get It Up', the band are still displaying that perfect blend of melody and muscle they were so well known for, and time has not diminished the magic that the four of them produced together back in the day. Backing up this new song is a reworked version of 'Conversation' which originally appeared on the 'Explorer Suite' album. Here we have a stripped back version which starts off with Bob Dylan flavoured harmonica (Yes really!!) before we get a deceptively simple but effective rendering of the song with some gorgeous close harmonies and church like organ from Jimmy, and do I hear Gary on his Banjo/Ukelele in there somewhere?

In Summary
As a major fan of the band I thought I would never get the chance to 1. See the band live and 2. Hear new material from them. Well, I can now safely say that I can cross both off my bucket list. The new songs are a triumph. This is a most welcome return for one of the leading lights of the rock scene of those heady (Glory) days of the late 70's early 80's. The plan is to issue these songs as a good old fashioned 7' vinyl single with a release date of sometime in early May. This has really whetted my appetite for more from New England, so would a new album be out of the question guys?... watch this space.

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#1 | gdazegod on May 02 2015 22:38:56
Malcolm advises that the single will be released as a file download. Initially it was just going to be vinyl but the band changed their minds at the last minute.
#2 | swazi on May 05 2015 13:29:12
Hmmm ..., very interesting! A new CD would certainly be an event!
#3 | Explorer on May 06 2015 17:19:53
The single is now available to buy over at the bands website, along with other New England goodies.
#4 | Explorer on May 06 2015 17:47:27
New England - 2015 I Know There's Something Here
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#5 | Jez on May 17 2015 13:23:31
A new album pretty please! NOW
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