By Terry A Tanx
When Every Action Seems Just Like a Dream !
As a musician who had been interested in electronic music from the 1980s onwards and as someone who had lived the party lifestyle in Ibiza, it was always my ambition to create dance orientated pop music, and I had always wanted to create a cohesive album and meaningful songs. I was always a lover of “the perfect album” and set about writing a suite of songs which worked together to create a whole.
The Last Days of Disco Volante did not start off as a concept album, initially I have been moved by the story of the tenth doctor (Doctor Who) played by David Tennant in which the centuries old doctor lived with the regrets of loving and losing so many people as he regenerates and they inevitably die, I drew a parallel with my own life which had seen changing relationships and backdrops instil similar regrets.
The album begins with Everyday of our lives, the title of which came to me in the aftermath of David Bowie’s sudden death which at the time devastated me and reminded me of the day I had stood just yards away from David at the funeral of my teenage idol Marc Bolan. The song is a tribute to two musicians who had done more than anyone to mould me as a free-thinking person
Space and Time had originally been planned as the opening track and represents arrival in a new place, influenced by the opening scenes of The Man Who Fell to Earth where Thomas Jerome Newton arrives on earth for the first time, as a teenager I had often felt isolated and would travel around the UK on trains enjoying the luxury of being a stranger in a strange town.
Communication is about first contact, in a club or a bar, eye contact and the multitude of dreams that can flash through the mind from just a millisecond of eye contact.
I only want your smile is a personal journey down the rabbit hole, nuff said!
Treasure is an exploration of physical love, inspired by the bard himself.
Whereas Doctor Who is played out in the entire universe, much of our personal stories play out in a personal universe, but every drama needs a stage and my stage has often been the nightclub, The Real Nirvana, like Iggy Pop’s Nightclubbing represents and idealised setting, “a place where nobody cries, a place where nobody dies” where all the people are beautiful, and whilst the old lady died in Studio 54 one can only assume she died happy !
Snowstorm is a song about defiance in sadness, going off the rails after a traumatic break up. Suddenly you are free, and you are determined to self-destruct. The title was inspired by s line from a David Bowie song Candidate/Sweet Thing “Is it nice in your snowstorm, erasing your brain”
I have on occasions woken up and after several coffees wondered at the miraculous way in which I had found my way home, the problems of a heavy drinker are examined in I always find my way back home.
In the end, life always gets us, people hurt us, and we become hardened. I have often wondered how the innocence of youth turns to into cynicism and anger of age. Brutal examines one aspect, excess, the excesses of other people.
Just like the doctor, we eventually regenerate, our lives change, and we move on, to find new friends, new relationships and new optimism. Not all people will relate to the sentiments of Moving On, but from an early age my family moved home, meaning new schools, new friends and a new perspective. I seem to have carried that tendency into adulthood moving from Leicester, my birthplace to London, to Ibiza, to Gran Canaria and finally (?) Buenos Aires
This is the moment that we will say goodbye, this song was inspired by my relationship with my mother Janet in her finally years, for the last 8 years of her life she suffered severe dementia and whilst I visited her in Leicester as often as I could , the cost of travelling from Argentina meant I did not see her as often as I should. Each time we said goodbye my feelings were that this would be the last time.
Reboot, however hard we try to change our lives, we always end up being us and making the same mistakes. The song ends with “don’t wanna get this train today, cos you don’t really want to crash today” a homage to the first song I ever performed live Crash.
As I began to draw the strands of The Last Days of Disco Volante together, I realised it is autobiographical, some songs had mutated and taken on a meaning which had not been there at the outset, creating this album provided a strange kind of catharsis. I hope you get a change to listen to The Last Days of Disco Volante, and hope you enjoy it.
The Last Days of Disco Volante is released in the summer of 2019.