English rock act New Model Army follows-up 2013's acclaimed Between Dog and Wolf with the new full-length studio effort Winter. From opener "Beginning" through to the closing song "After Something" the 13-track album builds on the new directions taken by Between Dog And Wolf, yet also has familiar echoes of the immediacy and engagement of the band's classic albums The Ghost of Cain and Thunder and Consolation.
Says founder, lead singer and main songwriter Justin Sullivan: "Between Dog And Wolf" opened up a lot of creative doors for us, so it was exciting to go and look inside. The results were not necessarily planned – as usual we felt our way - but I think "Winter" has a really strong identity. It is very much the sound of people in difficult places – something that so many of us can relate to at the moment, on a lot of different levels. It is a much more of a band album than "Between Dog And Wolf" and we made a deliberate choice in mixing it to sound more aggressive and a little less polished."
Formed by Sullivan in Bradford in 1980, New Model Army's beginnings were inspired by Northern soul, punk rock and the incendiary atmosphere of the times. Since then, they have had a long, creative and eventful journey. They have been massively influential in ‘post-punk', ‘folk-rock', ‘political-rock', ‘goth', ‘metal' and all kinds of musical sub-cultures but they have steadfastly refused to belong to any club that would have them as members. Without a specific ‘genre' audience, and never having had a massive worldwide hit, New Model Army still have album sales in the millions, have attracted some of the biggest producers on the planet (Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd, Andy Wallace, Bob Clearmountain, Joe Barresi) and have built up an almost religious devotion amongst fans.