The original ECA line-up was Miles Fender (vocals, guitar, synths, samples, and drum programming), with childhood pal Stuart Barker (bass). It was in this form that the debut demo, ‘First Damnation’, was recorded in the Summer of 1992.
Soon after, Paul Broome (of Monica’s Last Prayer and more recently Carnypig) was added to the line-up (as a second guitarist, and backing vocalist) to add a little more depth and power to the ECA sound - and make it possible for the songs to be performed live. Paul’s addition to the ranks was soon followed by Stuart’s quiet exit, due to a rapidly accelerating nomadic lifestyle.
The first gig took place in the Biko Bar at Coventry University in March 1993 (as part of the annual Band Society showcase). The second demo, ‘Dead To The World’, was released late in the same year, and a couple more gigs followed in 1994.
A big change to the dynamics of ECA came in 1995, when Miles and Paul decided to introduce the added stage presence of a third member. So it was that long time band friend Ridley McIntyre was invited to join the fray - and lay down the bass tracks in a live environment (his audition consisted of proving that he could learn and play the bass line to ‘Dead To The World’, for its entire 7 minute+ duration).
The trio entered the studio in 1995 to record the track ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ - which featured on the Alice In… 3CD set ‘The Sounds of New Hope - Volumes 1 & 2’, and gained the band much attention throughout Europe.
It was as a three-piece that the most memorable ECA gigs were performed, and also that the album ‘Reverence In Kind’ was recorded (unreleased - due to an incompetent sound engineer messing up the digital mix-down) in 1996 - with additional girlie vocals provided by Heather Slater, at that time guitarist in fellow Midlands Goth band Phantasmagoria, and now plying her trade with Pale Heather and The Monikers.
Between 1994 and -97, gigs at The Mercat in Birmingham saw ECA supporting the likes of Two Witches, The Merry Thoughts and All Living Fear. While one of the last gigs was at Rock City in Nottingham (the only gig outside the West Midlands!) supporting local heroes Die Laughing.
Both Miles and Ridley left the UK in 1998 for new lives (and beautiful wives) in the United States (West and East coasts respectively), and Earth Calling Angela sadly stepped off the UK Goth stage.
THE RETURN OF EARTH CALLING ANGELA
Until now… after 10 years Earth Calling Angela is back as an active Transatlantic force in the Goth arena! Defying all geography (and 3 different time zones) we’re currently working on new material, the first evidence of this is now available above in the forms of ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Sweet Misery’. And the first ever Earth Calling Angela cd album - Hope Springs Eternal (1992-96) - was released (on streetlightfarm records) in February 2007, featuring remastered recordings from what will hereafter be referred to as ‘Era One of ECA’.
An album of entirely new material, ‘Charts and Wonders’ will be released in July 2012, followed by a second volume of demos and abandoned material.
Lingfield, Surrey & Coventry, West Midlands
Miles Fender: Vocals, Guitars, Programming
Stuart Barker: Bass
Paul Broome: Guitars, Backing Vocals
Ridley McIntyre: Bass, Backing Vocals
Heather Slater: Backing Vocals on the Reverence in Kind sessions.
Edited by fwumpbungle on 13 Jun 2012, 11:52
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