News

15 April 2021. If you’ve been following us on social media you’ll have seen that The Modesty Blaise has created somewhat of a stir. Reviews are fantastic and radio plays are extensive. If you listen to a radio show why not email them and ask them to play something from the new album, or something old, we don’t mind. There are links to various blogs etc on our accounts, maybe I’ll collate some of the best here – latest are fabulous reviews in MusikExpress and Rolling Stone in Germany. The vinyl Ltd Edition album has now arrived in all territories, we think. If you are having difficulty getting hold of a copy for any reason then please contact us and tell us where you are.

01 April 2021. It’s Bandcamp Good Friday tomorrow, a really good chance for you to catch up on our back catalogue. If you’re thinking of getting anything from our Bandcamp site, tomorrow would be a good time to do it. Vinyl-wise we still have copies of Melancholia on double coloured vinyl and Modern Guitars with Amplification; for tomorrow, if you would like either of those albums we’ll send you one of the 7″ singles as well- either Blue & Beautiful, I’m Going Out (on white vinyl) or the Carol Mountain EP (on purple splatter vinyl) – we’ll email you to ask for your preference. And if you’ve got an Easter break coming up, enjoy it.

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26 March 2021. It was twenty years ago today, Sgt Pepper taught the band……etc etc. But now it’s Release Day for The Modesty Blaise, the Third Coming if you will. We cannot hide our delight at the reviews, check our social media feeds where we’ll repost them (Post punk New Seekers!!) Vinyl, we got vinyl. A Ltd Edition 180g vinyl album is now available from all your favourite record shops. It’s proper limited as well, and it differs from the digital version in a few subtle ways. See below for links to order. But, of course, it’s also available digitally and this link will take you to all your download/stream options. https://orcd.co/themodestyblaisealbum. Give it a listen, we hope you like it – it took a long time to get here.

21 March 2021. We hope you’ve been keeping up with the social media posts that have been happening. To update you, vinyl has arrived. It is a strictly limited version, slightly different to the digital version. It should be available at your local record shop, however you can get it from such places as Rough Trade in the UK, or Juno where it’s hilariously listed as Prog Rock . If you’re in Germany, HHV and JPC. In Japan you can find it at Disk Union, we’re sure there are others, not least your local Amazon store. Digitally you can get the album at all your favourite digital outlets, iTunes/Amazon/Deezer etc and it’ll be on Spotify. The album will be available on our Bandcamp page in Vinyl/CD/Digital formats from July 1 2021.

26 February 2021. Well we’re thrilled that Girls Just Wanna Dance has been so well received. The reviews are amazing and we’re on press duty worldwide. Probably best to follow us on the usual social media platforms for up to the minute news. Instagram is getting posts regularly and so is Twitter, our Facebook page slightly less frequently.

CDs of The Modesty Blaise, our new album, have arrived and the vinyl is being held up by Brexit (UPS’s words – not mine).

5 February 2021. Girls Just Wanna Dance is out now. You can get it on all your favourite streaming platforms and in a slightly longer version on the forthcoming album, The Modesty Blaise

4 February 2021. We’re on the eve of Girls Just Wanna Dance being released as a single. So here’s the video by Gregory Jones.

Remember to go to our Bandcamp https://modestyblaiseuk.bandcamp.com tomorrow and order your digital copy, it’s only there for one day.

1 February 2021. It’s Bandcamp Friday on the day of the release of the new single, so get yourself over the Bandcamp and follow us and you’ll be able to get the single on it’s day of release.

https://modestyblaiseuk.bandcamp.com/follow_me

31 January 2021. We have a finished video for the single which will be released alongside the single on 5 February 2021. In the meantime we have a trailer and here it is on our Instagram page, which you really should consider following

15 January 2021. We’re pleased to announce our new single, Girls Just Wanna Dance, to be released on 5 February 2021 on From Lo-Fi to Disco! Taken from the forthcoming album “The Modesty Blaise” (to be released March 26, 2021), our first since 2001s award-winning Melancholia (yes that is a long time ago). It’s a digital single and it’ll be available on all the usual platforms. Exciting!

29 December 2020. Oh and we have a release date – 26 March 2021.

29 December 2020. Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Test Pressings of the album arrived and it sounds lovely on vinyl. It’s a Ltd Edition 180gsm vinyl album and it’s been approved and is currently being pressed.

On the turntable under a Uranium Girl poster
Test Pressings

04 November 2020. Mastering seems to be finished, big thanks to Jörn Elling Wüttke at Klangfabrik for all the hard work. And Gregory has made us some social media logos around the theme of the album artwork. So look out for them everywhere.

17 October 2020. And there’s more

17 October 2020. It’s like all your Xmases at once isn’t it?

16 October 2020. And now Modern Guitars with Amplification is available. Again with original booklet and MGWA era photos

16 October 2020. We’re starting to make all the songs in our oeuvre available, and we’re using Bandcamp. So let’s start with the award-winning Melancholia, the album that made Modesty Blaise into Brian Wilson‘s favourite UK band. Contained herein is all the artwork, Melancholia-era pictures and even the Japanese booklet along with bonus tracks. Soon to be followed by an ability to get the vinyl versions. Knock yourself out.

15 October 2020. This mastering isn’t as easy as it sounds you know. Jörn is having his work cut out. In other news, the artwork for the album is now complete, we’re happy to say. Our own onboard designer has surpassed himself and we’ll share that with you as soon as we can.

26 September 2020. Last night the new album was sent to Klangfabrik Studios in Frankfurt for mastering. That means we’re close. Closer even than we were last February before something stopped everything. And Mickey Bradley (see below) played Natalie Vendredi last night as well.

11 September 2020. We have a new favourite radio show. Mickey Bradley, he of The Undertones, played Carol Mountain and was most complimentary. It’s a fine show https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038c0vg

22 November 2019. Happy Release Day. You can now buy Natalie Vendredi from your usual digital platform of choice, iTunes/Amazon etc etc – wherever you get it from it’s a bargain. You can watch our nouvelle vague video shot largely in France on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJH4Ynhrw94

19 November 2019. There’s a promo clip from the Natalie Vendredi video on the Modesty Blaise Facebook page, turn it up! then give us a like.

https://www.facebook.com/themodestyblaise/

15 November 2019. A week to go until we release Natalie Vendredi and the promo cds have arrived, very exciting – they look great

04 November 2019. And we have a release date. Natalie Vendredi will be released on Friday November 22 2019. And here’s the cover:

Natalie Vendredi cover

Please follow us on social media @modestyblaiseuk for news as it comes.

14 October 2019. We have a catalogue number for our new single Natalie Vendredi. That’s exciting – it’s on the glorious From Lo-Fi to Disco records lo-fi 017. Don’t have a date yet but watch this space. Ooh, I’m Going Out was 017 too!

25 August 2019. Back from France where it really was far too hot to be wearing a suit. There’s still some filming to be done but in the meantime check out our instagram feed for some stills from the video. BTW, we’re @modestyblaiseuk on Instagram and Twitter and there’s a feed on the Home page too.

13 August 2019. We’ve completed some more tracks and next week we’re off to Northern France to record a video for forthcoming single Natalie Vendredi. So look out for us in the Le Touquet area.

8 May 2019. We’re publishing Spotify lists, starting with a list of songs we’ve covered and played live. Go here spoti.fi/2J62gol and check it out. Many of these were only played once, a few were played almost constantly, the two Orange Juice songs were when we played as Edwyn’s backing band – did you hear us play any others that we’ve forgotten? Let us know.

1 April 2019. The news is this: 7 songs from The Modesty Blaise are completed and mixed. Three more are in advanced stages of completion, just some backing vocals and strings to add. Two more to work on. There has been plenty of recent work at Barton Regis studios and we’re booked into The White House studio second week of April. Look out for that on our social media accounts where we’ll post updates. This is not an April fools joke.

You’ll be thrilled to know that the third Modesty Blaise album proper (not including A Beginner’s Guide… which was a compilation) The Modesty Blaise is more than half completed. So there is recording being done. I’d go so far as to say two thirds. Keep coming back and we’ll give you some previews.

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