first fruits of this new union is the shape of Will
You Stay Tonight?, a single which, while retaining
their minimal style of song construction, features
a more dynamic, confident, full sound. It's made a
slight dent in the charts but realistically it's more
of a taster for the first Jive LP, Land,
which should see the light of day in the middle of
took eight weeks to record the album and is the first
record we've done that I can actually go home and
listen to. With
the other records it was a case of expectations unfulfilled,
but in this case it actually sounds right. It’s really
because we took a bit more care, and there’s some
objective feedback from a producer.
always, more or less, produced ourselves before and
things hadn't gone quite far enough but we’re still
proud of those albums.''
introduction of Mike Howlett - his past record
of working with OMD, China Crisis and
A Flock Of Seagulls - has cleaned up and revitalized
We didn't want to keep duplicating the sound of those
albums. It was time to get someone in who could see
the good things and use them properly. People could
have become very comfy with the Comsat Angels sound
and for ever and a day expected that kind of thing
to come from us.''
there is a marked diversity in sound on the album.
The hallmarked Angels echoey guitar and vocals is
treated to an array of different styles and compositions
which straddle everything from U2 and Simple
Minds to New York disco without being trapped
into any of those confines.
can easily see this album offering several different
directions for the future but that's good. After the
second LP there wasn't much inspiration as to where
to go next. When we were writing this stuff there
was a definite feeling that we were doing what we
wanted to, and not sticking within any expectations
that people had from us.''
certainly bears that out as the songs have taken on
a different edge by not being stuck within any boundaries.
The production too has made a big difference, letting
out the bits that were hidden and strengthening the
bits that were weak.
break with Polydor has done them good not
only because they’ve found a sympathetic home, but
it seems to have instilled a new lease of life into
the group and the material. Steve reckoned each album
was a crossroads, but with the variation of material
on Land surely this must be the most important
one in their career. The Comsats have a lot of roads
open to them. Let's hope this time they take the high