Review of Carnival (Attack Attack Records 05/09/05) Album by New Model Army

New Model Army

New Model Army - Carnival (Attack Attack Records 05/09/05) - Album Review

New Model Army - Carnival (Attack Attack Records 05/09/05) - Album Review
New Model Army


(Attack Attack Records 05/09/05)

Now proudly parading their ninth studio album (on their own label), New Model Army channel their anger in so many directions that the objects of it do not know which way to look or turn, many a one dimensional politician should take note. Hailed as taking over from The Levellers, New Model Army has carved their own niche. Starting off with a soulful and philosophical sojourn into the subject matter of needless bickering; ‘Water’ that slowly crashes around your mind. Justin Sullivan’s scything poignancy and emotion packed Joe Strummer kicking Morrissey up the backside vocals that come to the fore against a backdrop of sliding, new wave guitars and clattering percussion in ‘BD3’ and the worrisome ‘Carlisle Road’. The Stranglers feel to ‘Prayer Flags’, provides the perfect forum for the poetically worried and edgy lyrics;

“A single drop of rain falls on my windscreen,

We’re closer to the edge than we realise.

The bridges have all been washed away or bombed out And the water runs fast and black and cold.”

A haunting feeling is exuded in ‘Red Earth’ that possesses a neat thumping jungle beat punctuating Sullivan’s piercing points, as his vocals and the musical slow down, but you feel the anger rising like a steaming volcanoe, while you hear of, and join in, a search for faith. New Model Army really dig deep on this offering to explore a wide range of sounds and topics. The death of drummer and songwriter Robert Heaton, not so long ago hit them hard and while the album is quite insular in places, it is not hard to empathise with this enthralling and ardent rock group.

Catch New Model Army on tour in October;

Thurs 13 UK Exeter Lemon Grove 15.00 adv 01392 425309 or seetickets

Fri 14 UK Southampton The Brook 15.00 adv 0238 055 5366 or seetickets

Sat 15 UK London Astoria Theatre* 15.00 adv 020 7434 9592

Sun 16 UK Cambridge Junction 15.00 adv 01223 511511 or seetickets

Tues 18 UK Wolverhampton Wulfren Hall 15.00 adv 01902 552121 or seetickets

Wed 19 UK Manchester Academy 2 15.00 adv seetickets - 0115 912 9000

Thurs 20 UK Glasgow Garage* 15.00 adv 0141 332 1120 or seetickets

Fri 21 UK Sheffield Corporation 15.00 adv seetickets - 0115 912 9000

Sat 22 UK Northampton Roadmender 15.00 adv 01604 604222 or seetickets

Sun 23 F Paris La Locomotive €20.00 adv +33 1 53 41 88 89 or Fnac

25th Anniversary Show

Tues 25 NL Weert Bosuil €16.00 adv

Wed 26 NL Rotterdam Nighttown

David Adair