Blancmange wobble back

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PRESUMABLY no longer content to simply earn some tidy royalties thanks to the use of their biggest hit on various adverts, synth pop act Blancmange are back.

And they’re not resting on their laurels – their tour lands at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Tuesday, the day after the duo – reformed following a 23 year break – release new album blanc burn.

Lee McMahon of the Tivoli performing at Magna

Lee McMahon of the Tivoli performing at Magna

Stephen Luscombe and Neil Arthur, pictured above, released their first EP Irene & Mavis in 1980 and went on to score hits with Living On The Ceiling, Waves, Blind Vision and a cover of Abba’s The Day Before You Came.

With the likes of La Roux and Hot Chip citing Blancmange as an influence, the pair are seeking a piece of fresh action.

Social setbacks fire up Lee’s lads

THE Tivoli didn’t have far to look for the motivation for their new single.

The Messenger – taken from the Rotherham rockers’ currently untitled third studio album – tackles an issue that is hitting the whole nation.

“The song is a response to recent rising unemployment rates, which have affected some of the band members’ livelihoods, and the lack of care and attention the government pay to looking after ‘their people’,” says singer/lyricist Lee McMahon, pictured.

The band launch the track - “a sonic juggernaut laced with a thunderous electro-rock and roll swagger from start to finish” - at an O2 Academy headline show tomorrow.