A Flock of Seagulls, the decade defining synthpop and new wave band, are back on August 20th with their second orchestral album String Theory after 2018’s Ascension. This album, once again, features the Prague Orchestra (among others) to add new instrumental backing to 11 new recordings of classics and fan favorites. The album, like Ascension, features all four original members, including lead vocalist and hairdresser Mike Score, his brother drummer Ali Score, fellow hairdresser and bassist Frank Maudsley, and guitarist Paul Reynolds.
From their genre codifying hit singles such as “I Ran (So Far Away)” to their distinctive visuals that were constantly played on MTV to lead singer Mike Score’s outrageous haircut, all of which are referenced in pop culture to this day, the group helped make the 1980’s what they were aesthetically. The group, interestingly enough, continues to examine what their classic songs would sound like in a more timeless format.
The answer is largely that the songs, including “Say You Love Me”, “Messages”, “The More You Live, The More You Love”, “Remember David” and “The Story of A Young Heart”, gain a new coat of paint that only enriches the already well loved tracks. This is a lovely gift to hardcore fans and casual enjoyers of their hits alike.
Words by Jacob Rousu