The band’s members have included Garçe (vocals), Tristan Garel-Funk (guitar), Tony McGuinness (now part of the trance trio Above & Beyond) (guitar), Cliff Silver (bass), Ian Gibson (bass), David Wood (keyboards and saxophone), Juliet Sainsbury (keyboards) and Nigel Pollard (drums & percussion).
The original lineup produced two studio albums, Epic Garden Music and Feeding the Flame, but split up in 1983 on the verge of commercial success. During this initial period they recorded a John Peel Session for the BBC and a live concert for the Dutch Radio Hilversum station, which was subsequently released as the album Total Sound. Initially, live performances included mainly headlining at UK colleges and clubs with occasional trips to Europe, although they did support The Sound at a major London venue on the day Epic Garden Music entered the UK independent charts.
European interest in the band began to grow, and with the release of the second album, Feeding the Flame, they toured in Germany and Holland, gaining a dedicated fan base. Artistically, Feeding the Flame is considered to be their finest work and hints at a potential that could have elevated them to the status of contemporaries such as The Chameleons, The Cocteau Twins and Modern English. But tensions within the band caused a complete disintegration, with Garel-Funk and Pollard leaving to form The Snake Corps.
Not much was heard for a while; a “mopping up” album entitled In the Breeze was released by their record company, Midnight Music, which included one of their previously unreleased signature tunes, “Three Lines”. Despite the band’s absence, European and American interest in the band continued to grow.
Then in 1986 they returned after a personnel change (Tony McGuiness on guitar, Juliet Sainsbury on keyboards and Ian Gibson on bass), with a new album entitled The Mirror Test. Although stylistically similar to the original lineup, the dark edginess of songs like “In Flux” had, to a certain extent, been replaced by more melodic songwriting. On the other hand, the new lineup had a live energy previously lacking, and as they continued to play the best of the old songs, their act developed to produce some truly memorable performances.
As interest abroad grew, the band performed extensively in Holland, Spain and France, headlined at the old Marquee club in London’s Soho, and with the release of their fourth album, Headland, were a featured band in Melody Maker.
They released a further album entitled Treehouse Poetry before their label, Midnight Music, went bust and the band split once again, coming together occasionally for gigs supporting And Also The Trees at the Marquee Club and London’s Electric Ballroom. E-mail from Eternity, a ‘best of’ compilation, was released by the record label Cherry Red in 1996 after the company picked up the Midnight catalogue.
Then in 2002, the band released a brand new album called Melting in the Fullness of Time and played two dates in Italy a year later.
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