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Saturday 23 November 2019

The Lasters: Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin Set To Bring New Solo Sci-Fi Concept Project To Brighton

Lemon Jelly producer Fred Deakin's The Lasters is an ambitious new solo project inspired by classic concept albums like The Who's Quadrophenia and Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds.

An original sci-fi concept record, The Lasters tells the tale of Earth's final family. 

Deakin will be bringing this story to life with a new live production set to tour around the UK for the very first time.

Set in a dystopian near future where climate crisis and a nuclear holocaust has brought Earth to the brink of extinction, the album marks Deakin's first major release since his time as one half of hugely influential, Mercury and Brit-nominated Lemon Jelly. 

Marking Fred's first foray into song-writing and singing, the project weaves together a number of contemporary themes including climate change, dependence on technology and coming-of-age. 

Discussing the inspiration behind The Lasters, Fred Deakin says:

"I started making this album four years ago. It's inspired by my love of science fiction and my desire to make a proper concept album with a story running through it, like War of The Worlds, Quadrophenia or Harry Nilsson's The Point.

"How difficult could that be? It was pretty difficult. I needed to come up with a compelling story to complement the music, I needed to expand my emotional palette of musical tones beyond joyful and banging, plus this is the first time I've had to write "proper" lyrics. 


"Fortunately I was incredibly lucky to have some amazingly talented people to help me realise this vision, including my fellow vocalists Abi Sinclair, Steffan Huw Davies and Charlotte Hatherley, formerly of Ash.

"The first single The End of the World takes place right in the depths of the story's 'dark night of the soul', as our heroine despairingly watches her home planet, friends and family being destroyed in front of her eyes. 

"Sorry 'bout that – but Rush, the second single, taken from earlier in the narrative and describing a ride on a robot through the sky, lifts the tone somewhat!"
 
Outside of music, Fred also founded the successful design studio Airside, and is now Professor of Digital Arts at the University of the Arts London, where he leads courses offering groundbreaking approaches to digital art, education and communication. 

Fred Deakin presents 'The Lasters' at St George's Church, Brighton, on Friday 14th February 2020. For tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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