NEWS: Gary Numan announces new album 'Savage: Songs from a Broken World'

NEWS: Gary Numan announces new album ‘Savage: Songs from a Broken World’

Coming almost four years after his last album ‘Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)’, Gary Numan will release his 22nd album ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ on September 15th. The announcement comes shortly after the British electro pioneer was awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos.Listen to the first single ‘My Name Is Ruin’ here:

‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is an album with a “narrative that’s set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming Earth in the not-too-distant future. There is no technology left and most of the planet has turned to a desolate desert wasteland. Food is scarce, water even more so and human kindness and decency are just a dim and distant memory. Western and Eastern cultures have merged, more because of the need to simply survive than any feelings of greater tolerance or understanding. It’s a harsh, savage environment, as are the survivors who still roam across it.”

While Numan was writing the record, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. It made sense to make him and his climate decisions the catalyst for the apocalypse theme of the album.

“The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment,” explains Numan. “It’s about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they’ve done. That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book, ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there.”

The album was produced by long-term collaborator Ade Fenton, with recording sessions split between Numan’s own studio in LA, and in the UK. Numan and Fenton’s creative connection goes back to 2006’s ‘Jagged’. “Ade is not only extremely creative but ridiculously hard working, even in difficult circumstances,” says Numan. “It’s easy to discuss alternative ideas with him, he’s not precious about things and is always looking to make the music better, even if that means, on very rare occasions, undoing his own work and starting again.”

‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ will be released on CD, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFiT formats. ‘My Name Is Ruin’ is available as an instant download for fans who pre-order the album.

The tracklisting for the standard CD edition of ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is:

1. ‘Ghost Nation’
2. ‘Bed Of Thorns’
3. ‘My Name Is Ruin’
4. ‘The End Of Things’
5. ‘And It All Began With You’
6. ‘When The World Comes Apart’
7. ‘Mercy’
8. ‘What God Intended’
9. ‘Pray For The Pain You Serve’
10. ‘Broken’

The vinyl format adds ‘If I Said’ (track 9) and ‘Cold’ (track 12) while ‘If I Said’ also features on the deluxe CD (track 10).

Gary Numan will embark upon a short run of UK dates next month before he hits the road in autumn for a major European tour that includes a London show at the O2 Academy Brixton. He’ll play the following shows:

27th – Liverpool, Clarence Dock
28th – Hull, Welly Club
29th – Leamington Spa, The Assembly
30th – Hertfordshire, Standon Calling

30th – Cardiff, Tramshed

2nd – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
3rd – Leeds, O2 Academy
5th – Bristol, Colston Hall
6th – Oxford, O2 Academy
7th – Nottingham, Rock City
9th – Newcastle, O2 Academy
10th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
11th – Birmingham, O2 Institute
13th – Manchester, Academy
14th – London, O2 Academy Brixton
16th – Brighton, Dome
17th – Norwich, UEA
18th – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
19th – Belgium, Leuven, Het Depot
20th – France, Paris, La Trabendo
21st – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
24th – Slovakia, Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
25th – Germany, Cologne, Essigfabrik
26th – Germany, Berlin, Columbiatheater
27th – Poland, Łódź, Soundedit

      1. Well the music elite didn’t like him years ago and now he’s getting credit. He’s well liked by a new generation of journalists which is a good thing for his career. My comment was meant as light hearted.

  1. This self confessed non musician has made tons of cash since 1979 for being s**t, ripping off other and superior acts and their songs. It angers me when people laud him as a pioneer and innovator. He is NOT. He is a career opportunist who tapped into influences that were bubbling under in the 70’s and with the powerful financial backing got to the top…

    1. Hey mate I wouldn’t get wound up over him ;D. Kraftwerk are and always will be the true godfathers of electronic music (the UK media are full of revisionist and apologist crap). Numan is nothing special and think it this way when he’s long gone he’ll only be remembered by the public as a bloke that did a song called ‘cars’ if anything at all. If his obsessive cult fanbase want to put money in his pocket and feed his ego then that’s their problem. He’s irrelevant now..

    2. This is how pretty much all musicians do it. Do you think there would have been half of the bands that were in the 90s without Kurt Cobain? The British invasion without the Beatles leading the way? Numan has released over 20 albums that are a far cry from “cars.” Dominion day and Listen to my voice are among the best songs ever. And he has in fact inspired a lot of huge bands. Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, NiN, Coal Chamber, Korn.. So are they all rip off bands too? And just because he’s not a musician doesn’t mean he’s not talented. He’s a writer and a singer.

    1. Vitriol Loz?, As a former obsessive Numan fan I was just trying to calm Harlan’s anxiety over Numan. Believe me there are many music forums that do a better job than me and my fellow reviewer on the vitriol side of all things Numan. He comes across as a decent bloke you’re right but I found his attitude in interviews off putting. Sorry.

      1. Sorry, my comments were aimed at Harlan. I’ve interviewed him twice and he is a fantastic, thoughtful interviewee.

  2. I’m a numan fan ok he’s not the godfather of synth music kraftwerke and john foxx are the first but numan combined punk with synth and is very talented and puts on a good show so no need for nasty comments roll on savage it will be good

  3. Harlan , can I ask did you ever listen to Numan’s early Albums Replicas Pleasure Principal & Telekon?
    I fully appreciate you have an opinion but I would really like you to give them albums a spin and come back with the same attitude.
    He may not be The Electo Godfather even if I think he is but that early stuff was pretty good and way ahead of its time.
    I’m not sure he deserves your vicious put down
    After selling over 20 million records

    1. I bought his first 4 albums back in 78 79 and 80 as he was the latest pop craze at the time. the music side of numan did nothing for me but he was man of the moment i later moved on to other acts. my apologies to all for my rant and thanks to karl for his words.

      1. No problem Harlan. I was just trying to play the advocate Seems i’ve played this one too close to the wind. Gary’s not my cup of tea anymore but to I respect all opinions.

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