New Model Army – one of the most influential bands in late 20th Century British rock music – have never been bound by musical genres. Formed in 1980, the band from Bradford were initially influenced by punk rock and northern soul, but over time drew from folk, metal, R&B, hip-hop and classical music to make something totally unique and unclassifiable. Carnival was first released in September 2005, 25 years into New Model Army’s career.
The band found all the original recordings and gave them to Lee Smith, co-producer and mixer of their recent albums, including last year’s From Here (their highest charting album ever, in both Germany and the UK) and Carnival has been reborn with a sound that is far sharper and more powerful and cohesive than the original. It also includes four bonus tracks (B-Sides and unreleased cuts).