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LISTEN: Gary Numan's 'Dead Sun Rising'
Luke Turner , August 12th, 2011 05:09

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As anyone who reads the Quietus regularly knows, we are enormous fans of the one and only Mr Gary Numan. We're therefore very excited to be able to bring you a new track, 'Dead Sun Rising', set to feature on his next album, Dead Son Rising. You can listen to 'Dead Sun Rising' below, and find out more about the new album, and next studio album proper Splinter after that.

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"I do appreciate that it's a little bit confusing – I'm waiting for all the emails to come in saying 'there's a misprint on the album'" says the Nume of the similarity in track and album title. But, he explains, the resurrection theme is important in understanding the unique album project that is Dead Son Rising, not to mention the reason why the track perhaps sounds like a cross between Synth Nume and the more recent Industrial Nume: "Ade Fenton was round one day and we went out and I told him about the old stuff that I hadn't released, stuff in demo form," Numan explains. "He said to me 'most people have got a massive catalogue of unreleased songs on their shelves that they've never used'. Well I've not done that, if I'm working on a song and it doesn't happen or I don't think it works, I erase it. To me, it's been a sign, if that's not good enough, then don't shelve it, erase it, and start again. But I decided that was perhaps a bit stupid: one day I wrote a song and thought it was great, then two hours later I thought it was the worst thing I had ever done. I thought it can't be like that, a track being the worst and best thing I've ever done within a two hour gap! It's all down to the mood you're in. So I realised, 25 years too late, that what I had been doing was very stupid and I had deleted any number of songs that were quite good!"

He continues: "So I stopped erasing everything. I played Ade these older tracks, and he was going 'that's brilliant, that's great, we should do something around these shelved songs. And that's the reason why I thought "Resurrection" [the original title for Dead Son Rising] was a good title to it, because these were songs that had been dead and buried being brought back again. So we took some tracks off the shelf, and I wrote some new material for it that I thought was more appropriate than for Splinter. I don't see it in the discography, if you like, as the next album from Jagged; that's Splinter. I had a clear vision for that and how I wanted it to sound and feel, it's a well-defined project. Dead Son Rising is now no longer a collection of songs that didn't quite make an album, it's become much more than that. The songs are radically different from the initial ideas, the songs on the shelf have just ended up being sparks for what got it all going."

Numan is keen to credit his collaborator: "the work Ade had done on it is significant, much more than a producer. We've gone into it as a team, which is another reason why it's an offshoot to what I've been doing on my own."

About the track 'Dead Sun Rising', Numan says: "That was one of the first tracks we approached. At the time I hated it, I thought the lyrics were shit, I went off it, I went on it, I went off it again, and then slowly but surely we kept chipping away at it, and doing things, and Ade suggesting things, it became something I was really happy with. It was tortuous. I was trying to explain to my wife the other day that when you start an album you're aware that this emotional rollercoaster is about to happen, you're going to have these hours when you love what you're doing, and then hours when you think you've lost it and what you're doing is shit, and you're never going to write a good song again. You know you have to weather it, like riding out a storm. It's become more and more like that over the years – when I first started, it wasn't like that at all, I loved every minute of it, every minute of it seemed to be new and exciting. But as I've got older, each album has become more difficult to make. I'm not sure if that's a good thing to admit or not."

How is Splinter going? "I am right in the middle of it. I've done quite a lot of it already, I've got lots and lots of bits. I have specific parameters for how I want it to be, which gives me limitations, but I like that. I've done these things like the track with Battles that have introduced me to new people, and I need to be making music for these people, especially as I think my songwriting is much improved as to what it has been 15 or 20 years, when I went through a low period to be honest. I need to be making new music, and to give myself a kick up my arse and do it, and I am doing that, and that's what's happening with Splinter."

The Dead Son Rising album will be available as a Super Deluxe Edition directly from the Official Numan store and on the tour - details on the Gary Numan website

James Faith
Aug 12, 2011 10:20am

thanks for this treat !

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the glimmer room
Aug 12, 2011 10:46am

Fantastic stuff! I saw him at the Troxy the other month he really is at the top of his game these days.

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Daryl R White
Aug 12, 2011 10:55am

I Really like this , interesting sound ..................

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westham pete
Aug 12, 2011 12:30pm

This is not a bad song coming from mr. numan & at long last something new coming from the great man , but i need to give it a few more listens really - so it grows on me , i always been a great fan of numan over the years & i never lost faith in his work - he can still deliver the goods in music when he wants too & some of the light shows at his gigs have been spectacular over the years aswell , i will always keep a eye on the great man & always wondering what he,s up to next , i never underestimated Mr. Gary Numan .

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Steve
Aug 12, 2011 3:08pm

It's not his best, but it's OK. I hope he sticks to his word and considers this a side project and not a direction or way of working he'll continue with. I just wish he'd get over his love affair with 'no talent' Fenton. The clown's a DJ for heaven's sake. Someone who plays other people's records while holding one headphone earpiece to his head and nodding like a demented Churchill Insurance dog. Yeah, real talented. NOT! Sound harsh? Who would we miss more if they left the music industry forever, Fenton or Numan? Exactly my point.

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John Redfern
Aug 12, 2011 3:37pm

It's dire cobbled together at the last minute he aint got a friggin clue how to write music going on about god yet again. Fenton isn't even a musician just a mate and a fan that got in with Numan some how. How many years since jagged? and he comes out with this crap. How the might have fallen.

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chris
Aug 13, 2011 7:57am

the genius that is gary numan continues to create music that delivers on all fronts, a massive talent that will never be matched, i have been a massive fan for30 years and never tire of his music, long may it continue

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Aug 13, 2011 7:59am

In reply to John Redfern:

your not a fan then, so keep your stupid comments to ya self loser

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transoniqjohnny
Aug 13, 2011 2:02pm

Cheers! Tremendous track. Good luck w/ the album and tour. Peace, johnny

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vanceastro
Aug 13, 2011 6:59pm

ethereal beuaty.

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Michael Shiels
Aug 13, 2011 8:00pm

Nice to finally hear some new music from Gary.
I've been a fan since Day 1 but feel the gaps between album releases are a sign that its coming to an end.I feel Splinter will be the last.And yes,another "God Film".Gary doesn't like God.....get over it!!!Having said all that I will get the next album Dead Son Rising(God theme again?)

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Aug 14, 2011 12:38am

Absolutely brilliant. I love it. It's a great time to be a Numanoid!

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Kal
Aug 14, 2011 3:19am

Awful. Not at patch on anything from his early years. No wonder Numan is a hasbeen.

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elle
Aug 14, 2011 5:10am

Whew! I read the headlines on the right as as "Gary Numan's Dead" ......Sun Rising". Thank God, he's alright.

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Ryan Walker
Aug 14, 2011 1:25pm

I am 15 now and only been into Gary Numan for a few years now and can't believe after 30 years still Creating new music and hasn't lost it

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Aug 14, 2011 2:10pm

i like it very much

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nick Kink
Aug 15, 2011 10:09pm

Fantastic track, John Redfern must be from that sad AFE site?!

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soddyodd
Aug 16, 2011 12:41pm

tis fuckin shite for sure like my face and sad life

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Brian Challis
Aug 16, 2011 5:54pm

This is the 3rd track I've heard from the forthcoming album and I can't wait to hear the finished article. Numan really has re-discovered the haunting menace in his music which drew me as a fan in the late 70,s early '80s. Can't wait for the live shows.
The new Gary Numan? Better than ever in my opinion!

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Andrew Elmes
Aug 16, 2011 7:06pm

Awesome! For all the right reasons I can't get this song outa my head! Gary & Ade this is sublime.....

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Susane Lackovic
Aug 17, 2011 12:42pm

Gave me the shivers. I never tire of Gary Numan. I am humbled that he shares his passion with all of us. I am truly grateful.

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Durham Gooner
Aug 17, 2011 3:19pm

IMO this isn't actually as 'dark' as Jagged,Pure or Exile and is all the better for it. I love those albums btw, but this is a nice and welcome direction change. Tuneful and has Gary's voice hitting higher registers and being slightly brighter. Excellent. He's incredible.

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Durham Gooner
Aug 17, 2011 3:20pm

In reply to Susane Lackovic:

Nice one Susane. ;)

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oldestpunkinargentina
Aug 17, 2011 3:43pm

In reply to Durham Gooner:

Much as I'm a fan of the heavier material, I LOVED this slow, moody, atmospheric song. I'm drooling in anticipation despite the fact I'm not really interested in any of the deluxe editions and am going to buy the bare-bones one. Hope you sell a lot, Gazric !!

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friend called 5
Aug 17, 2011 4:20pm

brilliant more like the numan of old

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afriendcalled5
Aug 17, 2011 4:58pm

What a great track. I love it. Good clear lyrics is a very welcome surprise. A beautiful tempo, neither rock nor dance. Stylistically fantastic. I hope the other re worked material is as impressive as this track. Great work Gary. MORE, MORE, MORE....

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splinter 666
Aug 17, 2011 5:44pm

"moody atmospheric song" superb so much different than anything else out there, Gary you get better & better keep it up...jeez can't wait for the album.

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John B
Aug 17, 2011 9:54pm

Beautiful wall of sound, passionate vocals. Craps over all that shallow souless drivel we get on XFactor et al. Absolutely bubtastic!

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Britt Maxwell
Aug 18, 2011 12:52am

I really like this new track. I can't wait to hear the rest.

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Kim Smith
Aug 18, 2011 7:35am

Love it .... its haunting its Numan !!! cant wait to hear the whole album

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ramtops
Aug 18, 2011 10:18am

In reply to John Redfern:

i agree. there is nothing in this track, no hook . like a bad slow rap. my mate does better stuff in his bedroom (and he doesn`t have gary numan helping him)

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ramtops
Aug 18, 2011 10:51am

In reply to Brian Challis:

i was at the hospital when gary numan was born and i`ve been an andriod ever since. "crazier" was good. i have been waiting for much written about new stuff for f+cking ages and this is disappointing. depeche mode done a remix album a little while ago with 30 odd tracks on it for under 10 quid. i think gary`s underuse of the delete button these days is a bad thing.

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Keith Mcnally
Aug 18, 2011 12:04pm

Fantastic track, it is very Gary Numan, and that is good.

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steve
Aug 19, 2011 4:11pm

once again the most innovative and underated artist has come up with another brilliant album this man is going from strength to strength cant wait for the tour this will sound awesome live

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transoniq johnny
Aug 19, 2011 6:54pm

In reply to Kal:

Oh sure and you wave the flag for the Peter Murphys or DMs of the scene...Mr. Numan hasjust blown the lid off any 'has-been' moniker...go crawl back to your U2 hovel you tasteless wanker

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Colin Carr
Aug 22, 2011 6:08pm

the man is back and that can only be a good thing

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Merton69
Aug 26, 2011 11:16am

Looking forward to this long awaited release.

Let's just hope he drops the miming in the DSR gigs!!

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kev
Aug 27, 2011 8:04pm

been a numan fan for 33 years. he had got back on track with the 'sacrifice' album , but since then it has been downhill again. i have ordered this ' dead son rising ' album but think i will be very disappointed with it as with the last few albums. listen to it once only probably. wish it was 1979 again !!!!!!!

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me
Sep 10, 2011 3:17pm

In reply to John Redfern:

i can understand constructive critisism. this onslaught by john refern is just outright childish abuse, ive heard children come out with more intelligent statements.

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Louise Burrows
Sep 12, 2011 11:36am

Another significant album. Really love it. Gary and Ade have come up with a corker. They are like two halves of a whole, artisticly speaking. Thank you for bringing us unique and refreshingly honest, music.

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peter sykes
Oct 27, 2011 10:11pm

a master at the top of his game.his music helped me through so much shit in my life.fantastic mr numan.

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peter sykes
Oct 27, 2011 10:20pm

In reply to John Redfern:

moron that just says it all mr redfern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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