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Ascension
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CD

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ADAY 035CD ADAY 035CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/13/2018

For the first time since 1984, all four original members of A Flock of Seagulls appear on record together for their new album Ascension. The recording puts a new and unique spin on their greatest hits by performing orchestral versions with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra providing extra backing. A Flock Of Seagulls may well be known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as much as their hit single "I Ran". A Flock Of Seagulls were one of prime movers in the '80s new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement. Hairdresser Mike Score (lead vocals, keyboards) formed A Flock Of Seagulls with his brother Ali (drums) and fellow hairdresser Frank Maudsley (bass) in 1980, adding guitarist Paul Reynolds several months later. The group released its debut EP in 1981, and while the record failed to chart, its lead track, "Telecommunication" became an underground hit. The band signed a major-label contract with Jive by the end of the year, and their eponymous debut album appeared in the spring of 1982. "I Ran (So Far Away)" was released as the first single from the album, and MTV quickly picked up on its icily attractive video. The single climbed into the American Top Ten. "Wishing" was taken from the group's second album Listen in 1983. The band released 1984's The Story of A Young Heart which fielded the minor hit "The More You Live, The More You Love". Shortly after Paul Reynolds left the band. Mike and Ali moved to the US shortly after. The band, now as a trio, released the album Dream Come True in 1986. Ali and Frank left in the years afterwards. Mike released the Light At The End Of The World album in 1996. A Flock Of Seagulls never really broke up. Mike carried on touring with session musicians. In 2003, the original line-up reunited for a one-off performance on the VH1 series Bands Reunited. In September 2004, they reformed again and did a brief tour in the United States. From 2004 to 2017 Mike was as busy as ever touring the band around the world. In 2017 the band appeared on record together for the first time since 1984. The Ascension album was recorded in multiple studios around the world and features the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra providing backing to their hits.