The 1980’s produced one of rock music’s most unique genres in new wave. A time in which bands experimented heavily with synthesizers spawning some of the decade’s most memorable tunes. What was so unique about the new wave scene was the diversity in sound, producing synthpop bands like OMD, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, as well as more guitar driven bands like The Cure, The Smiths, and The Psychedelic Furs. At the forefront of the new wave scene was Liverpool England band A Flock Of Seagulls. Over the past 34 years band leader Mike Score has kept the music of A Flock Of Seagulls alive performing shows annually. On the evening of Friday September 20th A Flock Of Seagulls landed at the Emporium in Patchogue NY.
A large turnout of fans of all ages showed up at The Emporium to watch A Flock Of Seagulls perform a full set of their classic new wave tunes. It has been quite a few years since the band has made their way to the Long Island NY area so it would prove to be a special treat for fans. Mike Score has recruited a solid touring band including Joe Rodriguez (lead guitar), Pando (bass), and Michael Brahm (drums) for live performances. Treating fans to a balanced set of classic tunes, things started on a high note early with the performance of “Space Age Love Song”. The soothing sound of the guitars mixed with the synthesizers reminded fans of the excellent quality of this track. Keeping the momentum going with “Telecommunication” all in attendance danced in joy. Score’s voice sounded strong and clear and fans were completely engaged in the performance. It was at the point Score broke out the tune “Modern Love is Automatic” the crowd reached their peak excitement. The track is clearly a fan favorite and proved to be a treat for all in attendance.
The stellar evening of new wave rock ended with the band’s signature track “I Ran (So Far Away)”. All in attendance sang, danced, and cheered loudly throughout the song. Seeing a performance of A Flock Of Seagulls was a rare occasion and this added to the appreciation of the fans. The evening strongly celebrated the band’s debut album A Flock Of Seagulls (1982) while mixing in other great tracks in their catalog. Judging by the turn out and the energy in the room it’s evident that new wave is alive and well in 2013.