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  • Maximus Clarke
  • The Book of Sand
  • 2011.03.06


    Sheffield’s synthpop pioneers are still going strong:

    The pop that the self-consciously futuristic Human League helped predict, an ideologically defiant non-rock combination of glamorous spectacle, abstract visuals and electronically constructed pop sensation, now dominates what is left of the commercial mainstream, but the group poignantly spend their time exiled from fashion, appearing to ironically lose touch with modern realities.

    They started out with a mission – Phil: “We really wanted to reject rock. I didn’t want to wear dirty old clothes and be macho playing a guitar. For us, you could make pop music without instruments and we thought as much cinematically and theatrically as we did musically.” Now the task, more mundanely, is to “stick to our guns and survive”.

    The official Human League Facebook page features a video and some strong remixes for their new single, “Night People”. The song works some of the same territory that the Scissor Sisters and Fischerspooner have explored in recent years — the pleasures of self-reinvention, the liberation of nightlife — but then again, the Human League have been doing this all along.

    Their new album, Credo, is due out on March 21 in Europe… but has no American distributor yet.