Glenn Campling • Mark Garner
Glenn Campling’s musical origins stem from a grand vintage, having begun his musical career teaming up with art college associate and then Bauhaus guitarist Daniel Ash to form Tones On Tail.
Glenn’s part in this seminal band should not be underrated and neither should their impact or influence. Their huge dancefloor club hit Go! for example, was created around Glenn’s killer bass line, has been sampled by Moby for his top ten smash of the same name, Fun Lovin’ Criminals sampled Movement Of Fear for their top twenty hit Scooby Snacks. Tones On Tail have been tastefully covered by the likes of Nouvelle Vague, licensed by, amongst many others, car giant Lincoln Mercury and Go! currently appears on an episode of the cult series ’Stranger Things’.
Sadly, this short lived project ended with Daniel exercising once again his ‘right to change his mind’ and his strong desire to rekindle his working relationship with his former Bauhaus cohort David J which led to the formation of Love & Rockets.
After a lengthy hiatus from music, Glenn re-surfaced early in the millennium with some very strong original material.
Glenn: ’I worked with samplers, workstations and some really cool drum machines during the early 90’s with good friend Andy McKenzie who was an absolute genius with new music technology. At that time, the equipment was a huge, unaffordable expense, but thankfully technology and software became cheaper and better. A whole new field of creativity had sprung into life which couldn’t be ignored and suddenly - everything was possible again.’
Black and Whole (2008) was created with an array of guests including long time friends Natacha Atlas and Andrew ‘Jam’ Robertson.
In 2011 Glenn teamed up with solo artist Mark Garner to form LoneStation who, after honing and crafting their own style and sound have recently completed their debut album Dark Matter. The pair had initially met during
a chance encounter some years previous in an after show bar in London’s cavernous Brixton Academy.
Mark is no stranger to music technology either, after creating an eclectic mix of original compositions alongside superlative interpretations of some of his own personal favourite tracks (4 tracks are available from Her Dark Materials on ‘More music’ page) he draws from an array of diverse influences and yet still manages to retain a healthy dose of originality to his work. Similarly, Mark's solo work fuses samples together with live instruments whilst adopting a unique vocal, creating a variety of haunting hybrid soundscapes. An integral part of Lonestation’s DNA .
Glenn: ’I love Mark’s unconventional approach to music, which really shows in his solo work. He is open minded and is acutely adaptable in thought and direction’.
Sharing a joint passion for raw energising sounds, the diverse and the quirky LoneStation have created a unique sound and style producing something that is distinctively their own, from the stomping Fun Town and Too Many People or the poignant lament of A Billion Black Stars, through to the slow brooding eponymous final track, Dark Matter is an exceptional amalgam of creativity that is not afraid to explore uncharted territory, often with explosive results.
Mark: ’The LoneStation ‘sound’ to me is like no other and reflects the unique approach that both Glenn and I demonstrate in our personal work - and Glenn in Tones. The music reinforces our strong appreciation of music in its purest form, twists it, turns it and reconstructs it into what is unpredictable, surprising and ultimately - a fusion of energy, originality, passion and a hint of deeper worlds.
Dark Matter is available here as a full download (with bonus track; Smoked) or spread across four individual E.P’s on iTunes. A strictly limited edition Metal Box CD has been produced. A 16 track CD digipack is now available.
The second album MACHINE is available now with bonus track on this site only.
© Andrew J Brooksbank