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Here’s a taste of the brand new album MGT recorded during the 2020 lockdown with legendary Killing Joke drummer Big Paul Ferguson -released today on all streaming platforms on Cleopatra Records. ‘Extrapolate’ was mixed by noted producer Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Ghost, Rammstein) & is from the forthcoming album, ‘Virtual Control’ which will be released on June 25 on CD, digital & vinyl.

28th April 2021 – As a founding member and co-creative mind behind proto-industrial post-punk icons Killing Joke, Big Paul Ferguson has already earned his place among the most influential and highly regarded musicians of his era. Ferguson’s signature tribal drum style not only set Killing Joke apart from the scores of British bands coming up in the ‘80s, adding both depth and weight to the band’s piercing, discordant sound, but it also became a reference point for rock percussionists that followed in the band’s wake. Now, this rock music veteran steps into the spotlight for his first ever solo album, Virtual Control.

Mark Gemini Thwaite with Big Paul (London)

Following on from the 7 track collaboration BPF ‘Remote Viewing’ EP with guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (MGT, Peter Murphy, Gary Numan) released in 2018, this new album features 10 original tracks also written with guitarist & instrumentalist MGT, who also mixed most of the album, and highlighted with special guest appearances from former Marilyn Manson member Tim Skold as well as Die Krupps mastermind Jürgen Engler, Virtual Control conjures a dense and foreboding aural atmosphere, layering guitars, synths and Ferguson’s own distinctive vocals, that underscores the thoughtfulness of Ferguson’s introspective and observant lyrics.  

In anticipation of the album’s full release on June 25, we are excited to share Virtual Control’s first single “Extrapolate,” one of the album’s most propulsive tracks that rides an unrelenting guitar/bass hook supported by taut percussion and a hypnotic lead vocal, expertly mixed by award-winning producer Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Rammstein).   Ferguson shares these thoughts on what inspired the song, “My reflections on the dichotomies, social and personal, of these times. How our lives are being affected by isolation coupled with the bombardment of conflicting information. Our trust in what is real and true being challenged on a daily basis.”  

Big Paul Ferguson: ‘Extrapolate’ single artwork

Mark: I’ve known the Killing Joke guys for years.. initially I befriended Paul Raven back in 1989 through mutual friend Bobby Rae Mayhem, who I was playing with in Spear of Destiny.. I jammed with Raven in London and remained friends.. this led inadvertently to an introduction to Big Paul after Raven died in 2007, I sent Paul a copy of the Mob Research album I had recorded with Raven, and once Paul was approached to submit a solo track to Mont Sherar’s Twilight of the Mortals book and vinyl release, Mont suggested I collaborate with Paul on his track(s). I think that was around 5 years ago.. 7 songs later we had the Remote Viewing EP in the can and that was released in 2018… we just spend the 2020 lockdown working on Paul’s next record ‘Remote Control’, which is released in June.” (

Paul: “Mark is great to collaborate with, I couldn’t ask for more… he gets where I’m coming from and always delivers the missing pieces… It is very rewarding to have someone react favorably to one’s weird ideas and be able to elevate them as Mark has done, adding not only great guitar hooks but also bass and keyboard elements and after a lot of back and forth I’m really happy with his mixing. There’s no doubt in my mind that this material would still be demos on my laptop if it weren’t for the ease with which he and I work together and the magic touches he brings.” (

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Virtual Control is available on CD and in limited edition RED vinyl!  

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Track List:

  1. Lapdogs
  2. Shiny Toys
  3. The Unraveling
  4. Extrapolate
  5. Sea Of Judgement
  6. Seeping Through The Cracks (feat. Tim Skold)
  7. Data Lama
  8. Glass Houses
  9. Plausible Deniability
  10. Dystopian Vibe (feat. Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps)

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