With a sound that helped define the 1980’s music scene and a presence amongst popular culture which has seen them appear across TV, film and video games, Cutting Crew return with a stellar new album, “Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven” featuring their best-loved songs recreated in a completely new style. Now with the added emotion and power of a full philharmonic orchestra, vocalist, Nick Van Eede and long-time Cutting Crew guitarist, Gareth Moulton, look to both their die-hard fanbase and new generations of 80’s acolytes to enjoy tracks which just refuse to get old! Preceding the album is a single which has never truly gone away, (I Just) Died in Your Arms, which now has even more of a shiver-down-the-spine factor with its orchestral super-boost!
The Grammy-nominated rock band were formed in England in 1985 by ever-present singer and guitarist, Nick Van Eede with original guitarist, writer and fellow-conspirator from Canada, Kevin MacMichael, Literally within months, the band signed with Siren Records/Virgin on the strength of their melody-rich demos alone.
Cutting Crew, becoming a foursome in 1986, entered the studio the same year to record the multi-million selling debut Broadcast album, one year before “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” exploded and made them stars at home and in the USA where it hit the number one spot in the charts and has so far garnered 5 million plays on the radio in that country alone!
It has since become something of a popular culture icon, finding its way into films such as Hot Tub Time Machine; smash-hit TV series as varied as Stranger Things and Ash Vs Evil Deadand video games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. “I’ve Been in Love Before” and “One for the Mockingbird” also enjoyed massive worldwide radio play, reaching the Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard singles charts respectively and the band began their love affair for touring with worldwide stops as opening act for such groups as The Bangles, Starship and Huey Lewis & the News, as well as their own sell-out headline shows.
Cutting Crew released an award-winning sophomore album, The Scattering, in 1989 and a third in 1992, Compus Mentus. Sadly, after the death of his friend and founder member Kevin, there was an obviously long silence but Nick eventually chose to revive the band the following decade, featuring a radically different line-up, releasing the edgy Grinning Souls recorded in Kevin’s hometown in Nova Scotia in 2006 and the remarkable Add to Favourites in 2015.
The band continues to tour the world to rapturous receptions, with very recent visits to Mexico, Canada, Australia and Japan reinforcing their global popularity. Released this Spring, “Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven” is a welcome reminder of a band who have always delivered beautiful, classy anthems for the past 4 decades.