For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: The Assembly!
It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since the release of power synth-pop collective The Assembly’s The Tide Has Turned EP. Thankfully, the group has new music on the horizon, as frontman Dave Suh has revealed to CVU that the band is currently in the final stages of mixing its forthcoming new full length, The Future Has Been Sold.
“I’ve been trying to channel the likes of (Bauhaus’) Peter Murphy and (Psychedelic Furs’) Richard Butler in my vocals. I’ve been told I sound like both,” Suh explains about the release, which the band recorded with Luke Farran, formerly of Gravity Studios. “A lot of people said our last album was too dark, and that we had shed our Brit-pop influences. This record has a bit for everyone. There are still plenty of synths, but don’t think we threw our guitars in the garbage, either.”
The Future Has Been Sold is scheduled for a late spring release, but CVU has heard two new songs, “Who Do You Need Now” and “Without You.” Both are instantly recognizable as Assembly productions, with the former a sentimental slice of synth-set sensibilities and the unnerved latter a harder and more riff-laid exercise. Eager fans can get their own Assembly fix when the group headlines Subterranean later this month on the 22nd.
Update: This article originally cited 2007′s Paranoia Will Destroy Ya as The Assembly’s last release, when it fact it was 2008′s The Tide Has Turned.