Performance - new album and announced as support act for Hurts' October 2010 UK tour
Posted: 26th August 2010
Performance will be supporting Hurts on their upcoming UK tour. Starting in Manchester, the home town that both bands share, the dates coincide with the release of Performance's second album Red Brick Heart out October 4th.
Having survived major label turbulence, a fractious inter-band romance and the lead singer becoming an internationally-published novelist, Mancunian trio Performance - frontman Joe Stretch, guitarist Laura Marsden and Joe Cross (synths/bass/production) - return with 'Red Brick Heart', their brilliant second album.
With' Red Brick Heart' Performance capture the mastery and misery of great British pop: on the surface, the music surges with glittering optimism; beneath that veneer, however, there lurks something deeper and troubled. It's an irresistible combination, with Laura Marsden and Joe Cross bringing the musical joy to Stretch's dark, quotable lyrics. This conflict is the essence of the band's charm. 'We actually make optimistic music,' says Joe Cross. 'But I guess there's no real happiness without melancholy.'
The album was recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire with producer Cliff Jones (Zero 7, Young Heart Attack, The Golden Virgins), with additional recording at Joe Cross's Rusholme Gardens Studio, The Works in Stockport and Miloco in London. Also look out for next single 'Miracles' which will be out just before the album on September 27th.