From the underpass to the Interplay - John Foxx + the Maths announce October 2011 UK tour - tickets on sale now

Posted: 20th July 2011

Regular visitors to Allgigs may already be aware of John Foxx, but for those who aren't (yet), here's a brief resume. In the mid-'70s he formed Ultravox, after being in bands with less than inspiring names like Woolly Fish and Tiger Lily, going on to release three solid albums for Island Records and influencing a certain Gary Numan enough to form his own Tubeway Army.

Foxx left Ultravox in 1979 to work on an almost-entirely analogue synth-pop album, "Metamatic", earning a few hit singles with "Underpass", "No-one Driving" and "Burning Car". Subsequent solo releases detracted away from electro and into soft-focus psychedelia and pop, but the critical acclaim dried-up and Foxx went into hiatus, pausing only to produce an Anne Clark album and continue his graphic design work.

His return in the '90s was sparked by an interest in the snowballing rave and techno scene, issuing two 12" under the name Nation 12, before bedding-in earnestly with ambient soundscapes ("Cathedral Oceans") and harsh electro-rock with the like-minded bundle of energy, musician Louis Gordon. Ever the collaborator, he has since worked with Finnish techy, Jori Hulkkonen, plus Robin Guthrie and Steve Jansen - and another electro producer and musician called Benge. And that's with whom The Maths project was spawned.

The long-awaited album, "Interplay", finally appeared on his own Metamatic imprint earlier this year and sees Foxx and Benge revisit old machines with future-beats and speaker-rumbling bass. Now the pairing have enlisted live musicians and formulated an Interplay Tour, starting in October. Calling points begin with Leamington (13th) and continue to Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, York, two shows in London and a closing gig in Holmfirth on the 28th. Tickets for all shows are available now, priced from £20 upwards (£22.50 for London) and with Tara Busch in support - the tour is Foxx's first proper tour since 2007, don't miss out - check below for availability.

Paul Pledger