Manchester’s original acid house pioneers, trailblazers for the entire UK acid house and techno scene return for a UK tour at the end of 2018.
Still guided by an enduring spirit of experimentation and individuality, “808 State : 30” sees the band perform fan favourites from their five major albums in an entirely new set which also features exclusive new material from the band’s upcoming sixth album, “Transmission Suite”.
Now some three decades since 808 State first graced the arena with their game changing electronica, the band remain in a unique position as one of the prime originators of UK dance music, having arrived on the scene early which saw them shape dance music from their first releases.
Initially fuelled by the emergent music technology of the late Eighties, the band, came to define their inimitable style and sounds, combining human warmth and delicacy to modern machine music tocreating abstract, artistic techno with harder melodic edges that has remained timeless throughouttheir career.
Initially defined to many with their breakthrough singles “Pacific”, “Cubik” and “In Yer Face”, released across fine imprints such as ZTT and the Tommy Boy in the United States, the band were the first electronica band to craft long form dance music albums, well before the likes of Leftfield and Orbital to whom they are often compared released their debut LPs. Now recording their sixth full studio album “Transmission Suite”, tracks from which are to be premiered exclusively on the upcoming tour, “808 State : 30 Live” will highlight the bands contribution to dance music’s past and present forms with the band set to perform the better and less known tracks form their remarkable catalogue alongside the new material in a new set with reworked arrangements across all nine shows.
As their legacy is continually name-checked, revived and newly appreciated by the younger generations, the best modern remixers such as 2 Many DJ’s and BICEP have laid down their versions of 808’s tunes that came to inspire them whilst other projects such as Jeremy Deller’s Acid Brass recognise the impact and reach that 808 State’s music hashad. Realising early on that the future of dance music lay with the album format, 808 State came to issue genre defining LP’s from their first with ZTT Records “Ninety”, which came to characterise that period of early acid house.
Then as part of the explosion of Manchester artists, the band began to cross over to rock and indie crowds, something that then found its way into their music with their next, the still hugely rated release, 1991’s double album “ex:el”. Across their subsequent albums “Gorgeous”, “Don Solaris” and then “Output Transmission”, 808 continued to experiment with new forms and styles, bringing drum and bass and other elements to techno whilst always seeking to move forward and create. The band were also the first to bring in guest vocalists across their output and have collaborated with the likes of Bjork, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and a whole host of others which set the format for many subsequent cross over indie / dance tracks.
Now based at Old Granada Studios in Manchester, recording new material,it is the ongoing inventiveness, sense of adventure and their well-honed production craft that have kept 808 State at the top of their production games throughout their career.
Live dates include:
Friday 23rd November 2018 KOKO, Camden, London
Saturday 24th November 2018 Asylum, Hull
Friday 30th November 2018 Pyramids, Portsmouth
Saturday 1st December 2018 SWX, Bristol
Friday 7th December 2018 The Waterfront, Norwich
Saturday 8th December 2018 O2 Institute, Birmingham
Friday 14th December 2018 Foundry, Sheffield
Saturday 15th December 2018 O2 ABC, Glasgow
Friday 21st December 2018 Manchester Academy (2AM Finish)