New Model Army â€“ one of the most influential bands in late 20th Century British rock music â€“ 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 Armyâ€™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 yearâ€™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).