Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The return of Clock DVA

This is primarily a food blog, but this post has nothing to do with food - we all need a break from our obsessions once in a while. The reason for this temporary detour is the return to performance and hopefully recording of Clock DVA. You can read more about them here and there's a recent interview with founder and former member of an early incarnation of The Human League Adi Newton here.

If you can find them, buy Thirst, Advantage and Buried Dreams - three of the greatest alternative/experimental records made by a British group in the last 30 years. Although the highly polished, melodic and slightly over produced Advantage flirted with the mainstream, they are a severely under-appreciated outfit. Clock DVA is rarely if ever heard on radio and I don't think they've ever been on TV in the UK, although Newton was interviewed for The Beat is the Law documentary about the Sheffield music scene. They are never going to be everyone's cup of tea, but they deserve to be better known.

Here's one of my all time favourite DVA tracks, Velvet Realm from Buried Dreams:



And here's the performance recently uploaded to youtube that features the first new DVA material for over 15 years, and it sounds cracking: