80’s pop-chart legends, Red Box, are back with their fresh new single, ‘This Is What We Came For’, taken from their forthcoming studio album,‘Chase The Setting Sun’. From the moment the single was unleashed, it’s seems to be rapidly garnering national radio interest, with Radio 2 plays from Graham Norton and Paul O’Grady. A duo in the 1980s, comprising of Simon Toulson-Clarke and Julian Close, their new music sees Simon, still in the driving seat, alongside a group of talented friends; whilst Julian steps out of the limelight and into the role of band manager. The original line-up…simply re-shuffled.
‘This Is What We Came For’ continues the band’s legacy of well-crafted intelligent pop. Simon describes it as “a timely reminder, at a moment when we are all concerned about our economic future, that the best things in life are free.‘This is What We Came For’ is a clarion call to strip out what is unimportant in our lives and to live for what really matters”.
“Chase The Setting Sun’ has a hopeful and optimistic sound. I thought it was a good moment for Red Box to make this positive statement: we have been through some hard times politically and economically recently and this album is simply a reminder to ourselves that some of the best things – the most important things – in life are free: family, friendship, love and making music. In the 60s and 70s, music was the rallying call for change, it was the flag that young people gravitated towards. I think ALL musicians and artists – RIGHT NOW – need to use their music to start connecting people and bringing us together – because politics and economics have only divided us. The new single has a family warmth about it and I’m very proud of this. We just wanted to try and connect again,” explains Simon Tulson-Clarke.
When asked why he feels now is the correct time to bring Red Box back, Simon explains, “ One of the central principles behind the idea of Red Box is we will always write, record and release new music in our own way, at a frequency which suits us and on purely our own terms. We make an album when we are ready, when we think we have something to say and when we know we have more than enough strong new material to ensure that each album shows a consistent quality with no filler songs. We formed the band to have fun, a small collection of close friends who want to try and create something special together whilst enjoying the process as well as the end result.”
Red Box are best remembered for their 1985 chart hit ‘Lean On Me’, which stayed at No3 in the UK Top 40 for over a month, became the ‘most played track on UK radio’ in 1985 (even beating Madonna’s ‘Into The Groove’),and scooped a Brit Award nomination for Best video. Their follow-up single, ‘For America’ (1986) outsold ‘Lean on Me’ worldwide, reaching number 1 in seven countries and the Top 10 in almost every other territory, including the UK, where it spent twelve weeks on the chart, peaking at No9. In the same year, the band released their ambitious and eclectic debut album, ‘The Circle and the Square’. The album was notable for introducing world flavours into the pop milieu and has since become a cult album.The band released follow-up albums ‘Motive’ and ‘Plenty’.
Their new album completes a full circle for the band’s highly individual sound with echoes of their past, their present and their future cast into the melting pot to form music which may be timeless. ‘This Is What We Came For’ is the first appetiser of this anticipated album – past, present and future Red Box fans, enjoy!
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