A Flock of Seagulls flies again on tour; in Elmira Saturday
By Daniel Aloi
Mention A Flock of Seagulls, and the first thing that might come to mind is an image of Mike Score's haircut and memories of their dreamy synthesizer-driven pop music. They were so '80s, you might say to yourself.
Exactly. The band from Liverpool, England that found international fame and an MTV image with "I Ran" is now on the road in America and pushing a new album, "The Light at the End of the World" (Big Shot). The Flock has been on tour for two months and comes to Chuck Clark's in Elmira on Saturday night.
The band is coming on the behest of Waverly resident Bill Molyneaux, who's run their 1,300-member fan club in recent years.
"Fan club-wise, Mike is really good," Molyneaux said. "I show up at a show, and he's not standoffish or snobby at all."
Score is happy to have the band back out on the road.
"It's sort of weird to be playing this much," the band's leader and original member said by phone from New York on Tuesday. "It's getting more and more solid all the time. It can get to be continuous if we want it to. It's still clubs and stuff like that, and it's a lot of fun."
The album and single "Burnin' Up" have been picking up nationwide airplay; Score has been interviewed on VH-1 and a video is due for the song "Rainfall." Score is pleased with the attention the album's received so far.
"It may get bigger than that, but we didn't put it out to get back to where the Seagulls were in the '80s. We put it out for the fans. It's getting a good reaction, but it hasn't been mega.
"I think it's more like the first album," the 42-yeal-old keyboard player said. "The first was written without knowing it was going to be a hit. We are back to being a smaller band (and I'm) just writing things that we liked. When you're big there's some pressure of writing a hit, but when you have time to play your instruments, or jam or mess around with the synthesizers, then that's the time to put it in. Before, it was so exciting when you'd get an idea, you would just work on it until it was dead."
Score is pleased that there is an interest in '80s music, since his band was popular then, on its own and as an opening act for such hitmakers as the Go-Gos, The Police, the Stray Cats and The Fixx.
"I also have a different perception of myself now, as a musician rather than as a fashionable," he said. "I don't give a damn about fashion now. Image was a great way to get the band noticed. Now I don't need that image. I can rely on my so-called talents."