PLUS VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH ROBERT JOHN GODFREY AND JOE PAYNE
Forty years after releasing their debut album, 'In The Region Of The Summer Stars', seminal progressive band The Enid have just released their most ambitious and accessible album to date which harks the dawn of a new beginning.
'Dust' is the last of a trilogy of albums which follow 2010s 'Journey's End' and 'Invicta' from two years later. 'Dust' is also the swansong album for founding member Robert John Godfrey who is retiring from full time duties after being diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's.
But Godfrey is leaving his band in very safe hands as each member stamps their own unique identity all over this bedazzling album.
Those new to The Enid, think Queen recording an album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Vocalist Joe Payne has a similar voice to Freddie Mercury yet is even more dainty and fragile and protected by the bombastic orchestral sounds that surround him.
Despite being labelled a progressive rock band The Enid have always worked under a punk ethic, unafraid to push the boundaries regardless of commercial appraisal.
Lyrically the album touches on the diametric opposites of wealth and poverty, secular and sacred, environment and consumerism with love being the overriding message.
Payne's character really shines on the album's stand out track '1000 Stars' where the lyrics includes words taken from politicians in the lead up to the 2015 elections.
'Dust' certainly gets my vote and is an album full of fresh ideas that will keep it's promise.
Mark spoke to vocalist Joe Payne and composer Robert John Godfrey about 'Dust' at the Sanctum Hotel in London.