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The Wonder Stuff 2019

MarkGT: “You may recall I got my good friend Miles Hunt of Stourbridge’s finest The Wonder Stuff to guest on my MGT solo album ‘Volumes’ back in 2016; this lead to 3 cracking songs written together, and we continued to collaborate on more new material last year.. this has resulted in a brand new Wonder Stuff album coming in 2019, along with some tour dates marking my live debut with the band!”  Here’s the official TWS press release:

In the grand tradition of The Wonder Stuff never making two consecutive albums with the same line up we are pleased to announce the 2019 line up of the band.

Unbelievably Miles Hunt is still hanging in there on vocals and rhythm guitar. And having spent last summer in Spain playing for Immaculate Fools as well as writing her third solo album Erica Nockalls is still very much on violin and backing vocal duties.

The first of our new members is drummer Pete Howard. A long time friend of the band Pete has previously drummed for The Clash, EAT, Queen Adreena and Miles’ mid 90s band, Vent 414. On bass this summer is another old friend of the band, Mark Gemini Thwaite. Originally from Birmingham, MGT is best known for his guitaring skills, most notably playing with The Mission, Gary Numan, Ricky Warwick and Peter Murphy, but now fancies having a bash on the bass for no better reason than he can. Miles co-wrote three songs with MGT for his ‘Volumes’ album back in 2016 which instigated their working together with the band this year.

So that leaves us with our guitarist. And we couldn’t be happier to announce that founder member Malc Treece is back in the fold. Having not played with the band since 2011 Malc has been playing with EAT in the interim and has recently put together a new band with EAT vocalist Ange Dolittle, Holy Apes. Luckily for us Malc has found time to retake his rightful position as The Wonder Stuff’s guitarist and we’re sure you’ll agree, it is a most welcome return.

We have 90% of a new album written and demoed which we will begin recording in earnest next month and is set for release this autumn.

THE WONDER STUFF – Tour dates 2019:

22nd May – Cardiff Tramshed UK
23rd May – Southampton Engine Rooms UK
24th May – Mello Festival, Hanley Castle Worcestershire UK
25th May – Gigantic Indie All Dayer, Manchester Academy UK
2nd June – Camden Rocks festival, London UK

17th Nov – Shiiine On Weekender, Minehead, Somerset UK (Headline)

Wed 27 Nov – Nottingham, Rock City
Thu 28 Nov  – Manchester, Ritz
Fri 29 Nov    – Leeds, O2 Academy
Sat 30 Nov   – Liverpool, O2 Academy
Thu 5th Dec – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Fri 6th Dec   – Glasgow, O2 Academy
Sat 7th Dec   – Hull, The Welly
Thu 12th Dec – Bristol, O2 Academy
Fri 13th Dec- London, Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 14th Dec – Norwich, The UEA
Thu 19th Dec – Exeter, Lemon Grove
Fri 20th Dec  – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Sat 21st Dec  – Birmingham, O2 Academy

Click here to buy tickets – http://thewonderstuff.co.uk

The Wonder Stuff- Manchester Academy 25th May 2019

The Wonder Stuff- Manchester Academy 25th May 2019

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Artist: THE WONDER STUFF
Album: ‘Better Being Lucky’ CD/ /Vinyl /Digital (Nov 2019)
Label: Good Deeds Music  Catalog No: GDM035
1  Feet to the Flames 3:52 *
2. Lay Down Your Cards. 4:33 *
3. Don’t Anyone Dare Give a Damn 5:17  *
4. No Thieves Among Us 3:13 *
5. Better Being Lucky 3:48
6. Bound 3:40 *
7. It’s the Little Things.. 3:31 *
8. When All of This Is Over. 4:22 *
9. The Guy with the Gift 4:53 *
10. Lets Not Pretend 4:23 *
11. Map & Direction 6:13
* Co-written by Mark Gemini Thwaite
Vocals/guitar Miles Hunt Guitars/bvs Malcolm Treece Guitars/keys Mark Gemini Thwaite Violin / Bvs Erica Nockalls Bass Tim Sewell Drums Pete Howard Mixed by Simon Efemey
Mark Gemini Thwaite - Portrait with Gretsch guitar

Mark Gemini Thwaite May 2019 – photo by Lisa S. Johnson (Torched Magazine)

For more information on Mark’s association with The Wonder Stuff, plus the low down on MGT’s recent tour with Peter Murphy & David J of Bauhaus, and his time recoridng and touring with The Mission and Tricky, check out this new interview by Torched Magazine:

Classic Rock Magazine Gmbh premiere the new MGT video ‘You Can’t Go Back (To Once Upon a Time)’ with Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff – as well as including the song on their Jul/Aug issue of the magazine! The third video from ‘Volumes’, the new album out now on digipak CD or download:   BUY ‘VOLUMES’ HERE:

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As well as Hunt and Nockalls, other guest appearances include Ville Valo of HIM on MGT’s ABBA cover of ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ (over three quarters of a million views on YouTube), Wayne Hussey of The Mission, Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy), Raymond Watts (Pig/KMFDM), Saffron of Republica, Julianne Regan & Andy Cousin of All About Eve, Ashton Nyte of The Awakening, Carlo Van Putten of Dead Guitars, Jorgen Munkeby (Shining Norway) and Goth legend Andi Sex Gang. Click below to stream/order!

MGT - 'Volumes' out now

MGT – ‘Volumes’ out now! Available on Digipak CD / digital MP3 download

Some of the stellar reviews for ‘Volumes’ so far:

“Mark Gemini Thwaite is a man who should need no introduction, given the breadth of artists and musical styles he’s made his indelible mark in. Lending his skills as a composer and guitarist to the likes of goth/rockers like The Mission and Peter Murphy, classic rock & rollers like Thin Lizzy’s Ricky Warwick and The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and well known in industrial circles for his collaborations in Primitive Race, Revolting Cocks, and Gary Numan” REGENmagazine

“You will find the who is who of goth rock on ‘Volumes’ – From Ville Valo to Wayne Hussey, Julianne Regan and Andi Sex Gang. Thwaite does what he’s doing best, playing guitar and watching the songs. It’s marvelous that even though so many singers joined, the result is a homogeneous debut solo album” SONIC SEDUCER MAGAZINE

“A real highlight is the dramatic singer/songwriter ballad Drive and Forget, sung by Warwick. The rest of the 13 songs are real songs (and no guitar orgies) and really deliver on diversity and bandwidth… again, with so much original talent and so many famous friends, you can’t do a lot wrong” CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“It’s an ambitious project overall when you consider how much talent is spread across one hour, but it goes beyond hitting the bullseye, and tears through the dartboard and into the next room” – 4/5 PureRawk.com review

“‘Volumes’ has a very cohesive feel about it, something that in this age of single track downloads many full bands seem to struggle with and that togetherness has in part got to be down to the crystal clear and razor sharp production and mix” UBERROCK.co.uk

“Unlike many solo guitar releases, there’s an emphasis on songcraft over flashy solos, with Thwaite’s session musician chops offering a versatile, multi-faceted sound throughout” 4/5 SmellsLikeInfiniteSadness.com

“Mark Gemini Thwaite fashions a highly listenable and quite captivating collection of songs that draws more on his strengths not just as a guitarist but as a composer. In short, Volumes is quite an excellent album indeed” REGENmagazine

“MGT has out done himself.. It’s been a long wait for a solo album from this guitar player & it’s well worth it.. A real mix of pop sensibilities brewed with Goth fusion. The guest vocalists are a perfect pick…An absolute masterstroke” 8.5/10  AllAboutTheRock.co.uk

“Under the name MGT, with over 30 years and 20 albums to his credit, the currently US-based Thwaite will not slow down.. He’s still thriving in a groove of constant craft, just as he was during his formative years in Birmingham”MusicExistence.com review

“Often, guitarists’ albums are little more than an excuse for furious guitar tirades, most often at the expense of the song itself. In this case, though, Mark’s restraint has let him produce a pretty decent album full of good tracks. Definitely worth a listen” TheMidlandRocks.com review

“Contender for my album of the year. Each track on this album is a highlight.. I like when artists can show influences without directly copying them and Mark Thwaite does this in 14 different ways on this album” www.rocknreelreviews.com

“‘Volumes’ is a very surprising album, each song shines with its special charm, sometimes powerful, sometimes soft, but always wonderful” www.badblack-unicorn.de

“Mark’s musical talents shine through so well on ‘Volumes’.  He was always an asset to the bands he played in, but what I love here is how cohesive the sound is.  The vocalists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and mix up so many singing styles.  But with Mark as the constant driving force, the album works brilliantly.  I’m so pleased to finally see his name on the cover”  Ian Camfield XFM/ XS Manchester

“Volumes is incredibly executed album. Excellent production allows the sophisticated arrangements on these songs to take the listener on a trip from deep, dark places to bright pinnacles, and back. MGT’s first solo outing is a powerful collection of superbly crafted songs” 1340Mag.com

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MGT DJ SET at RELEASE THE BATS (USA)

You can also catch MGT spinning a special guest DJ set tonight at RELEASE THE BATS club in Long Beach California on Friday 24th June -and to celebrate the release of ‘Volumes’! MGT with be joined by Ashton Nyte of The Awakening & will spin tracks from the new album, give away some SIGNED CDs and of course rock some exclusive remixes..

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Here’s the official video for “The Reaping” from my forthcoming debut solo album ‘Volumes’, featuring The Awakening‘s Ashton Nyte on vocals! You can finally preorder the album now on Digipak CD or Digital download, featuring the smash single ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ with Ville Valo of HIM.. Preview and order the album on CD/digital now and receive “The Reaping” as an advance instant Grat download!:

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Valo is not the only guest musician on Volumes, which has turned into a veritable all-star recording. Other appearances include Wayne Hussey of MGT’s previous band The Mission, Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff, Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy), Raymond Watts (Pig/KMFDM), Saffron (Republica), Julianne Regan & Andy Cousin (All About Eve), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Carlo Van Putten (Dead Guitars), Jorgen Munkeby (Shining Norway) and Goth legend Andi Sex Gang. Click below to preview and pre order now!

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