A Flock of Seagulls' frontman Mike Score overcomes loss of recordings and releases new album 'Zeebratta'
Despite losing all his musical equipment and the recorded tracks from an upcoming album, Mike Score, the veteran musician and lead singer of the legendary '80s band A Flock of Seagulls, has released his new album, Zeebratta.
“It’s rough road, but I’m very proud to say that this album is coming out with some new and very exciting music for the fans,” Score said.
It was just last July when the band’s van was stolen in Los Angeles along with $70,000 worth of music equipment and with the hard drives that contained the recorded music from the proposed album that became Zeebratta.
“I knew that I wasn’t going to give up on the album,” Score said. “I was committed to it and the music so if I had to re-record the whole album from scratch I was going to do it. But fortunately we had back up copies of the music.”
As a member of the popular British band, Score was there from the beginning as A Flock of Seagulls took the music world by storm in the 1980s with such hits as “I Ran,” “Space Age Love Song” and “Wishing (if I Had a Photograph of You),” among others.
Although A Flock of Seagulls is still going strong, Score always felt the need to record many of the songs that he had written over the years that were never recorded by the band.
“They were good songs, but I never thought they really fit the kind of music the Seagulls played, so I put them away, thinking someday I’d record a solo album,” he said.
More than 30 years after A Flock of Seagulls made their debut, Score’s new solo album is ready for release on March 1 and a new single, “Somebody Like You,” was released last month.
The new album features Score’s own musical sensibilities that mix New Wave, traditional and alternative rock and punk with a variety of sounds that include acoustic guitars, violins, synthesizers and even a set of bagpipes to provide their own unique moods.
The songs include the single “Somebody Like You,” which features Score channeling his New Wave roots with a catchy synthesizer riff reminiscent of his Seagull music. His melodic “Angel” features bagpipes, giving it a military feel that is unlike anything Score has recorded.
“I was thinking of the Scottish Hills. I told guitarist Joe Rodriguez, ‘I want bagpipes on the middle 8 and military drums – it was kind of a joke to start with – but once done, they sounded fantastic,” Score said.
Music producer and A Flock of Seagulls guitarist Joe Rodriguez, who produced the album with fellow producer Mikal Read said he was pleased with the new album.
“Mike has put together a great set of music and it’s to his credit that he didn’t let losing all those tapes stop him from completing this album,” Rodriguez said.
The new album includes the tracks “All I Wanna Do,” “Somebody Like You,” “Angel,” “Xtacy,” “The Girl with the Black Eyes,” “Poor Boy,” “Take Your Time,” “I Call Your Name Out,” “Catsong,” “Home,” “Love In,” “Money,” “Valentine,” and “Wasteland.”
The album “Zeebratta” is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby.com and elsewhere. To learn more, Mike Score is online at www.MikeScore.com.
ABOUT MIKE SCORE
The eclectic musician was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, England. Mike and his brother Alistair “Ali” Score and formed A Flock of Seagulls with Frank Maudsley on bass and Paul Reynolds on guitar in Liverpool in 1979. The band soon found superstardom with successive international hits such as “I Ran (So Far Away),” “Space Age Love Song,” “Wishing (If I had a Photograph of You),” and “The More You Live, the More You Love.” The Grammy-Award winning band continued its rise through the mid-1980s until it disbanded in 1986. In 1989, Mike Score reformed the group with other members after its other founding members declined to rejoin the group. The re-formed A Flock of Seagulls continued to release albums in the 1990s and 2000s and were featured in the popular VH1 show “Bands Reunited” in 2003. Today, Mike is the driving force with the band which also features Joe Rodriguez, Pando and Mike Brahm.