I won’t beat about the bush, all things considered, New Model Army are hands down my favourite band of the 1980’s post-punk era.
Their 1989 album Thunder And Consolation marks that high water point in their back catalogue where the band’s lyrics and musicianship had matured from their angry, undergraduate sound into the astute social commentary and superbly crafted rock songs for which they are still revered by fans.
Formed in Bradford in the U.K in 1980 by Justin Sullivan, Stuart Morrow and Phil Tompkins and driven forward by Sullivan’s creative genius the band quickly became indie cult favourites with a loyal live following.
Thunder and Consolation was their breakout record after signing with EMI, it reached number 20 on the U.K charts and garnered the praise of fans and critics in North America and Europe.
There is not a dud track on the whole disc, seriously, it begs to be listened to straight through at every sitting; from absolute gems such as Vagabonds and Stupid Questions to the singalong favourites from their live set: Green And Grey and The Charge the album only seems to get better with every listen.
The New Model Army line-up has been in a constant state of flux since the mid 1980s with Justin Sullivan the only constant member; to be fair the band is Sullivan and his talent has sustained the name from the age of Thatcher and Reagan to the Brexit era giving us albums both timeless and resonant with their time and place of release.