Steve Strange, frontman of “Fade to Grey” hitmakers Visage and founder of the New Romantic hub The Blitz in London, is gearing up for a busy 2012, with a debut album due next month from electronic dance project Detroit Starzz and plans for a fourth Visage album — that group’s first in 28 years — to be released in May.
The Detroit Starzz album, titled Wasteland, includes first single “Aiming for Gold,” as well as a cover of David Bowie’s “Loving the Alien,” both of which you can stream below, in addition to two other tracks. Strange currently is in talks to book a U.S. tour later this year that would see the Starzz performing tracks off the album and Visage classics.
In May, Strange expects to release the Visage album, which has a working title of Become. According to one of Strange’s representatives, the new Visage record will feature the other two surviving members of the original lineup, Rusty Egan and Midge Ure, the latter of whom left the band after group’s first album was released join Ultravox.
In a recent interview with The Electricity Club, Strange talks of the new Visage record:
“I’d recently started working with Visage on a track Midge Ure had wrote for the band called “Become,” and we’d got in with Rusty and Dave Formula. Everything was going to plan but some unfortunate circumstances emerged that meant we couldn’t finish it for the time being. … We are about nine or ten tracks into the twelve tracks of the Visage album and there are basically the foundations of two more songs that are more or less done now. Then it’s basically down to Dave Formula adding some different synth parts and Rusty doing live drums on quite a few of the songs. I want twelve songs in all on the album.”
Below, you can check out four new tracks from Strange and the Detroit Starzz: