In Embrace

In Embrace Biography

"There have been many bedroom-bands. But few have come close to capturing the mystery, misery and ecstasy of the bedroom quite as tellingly as In Embrace.

Born in the villages of Leicestershire as an organic synth duo in 1982, Gary Knight and Cameron Lindo's moody debut mini-album, 'The Initial Caress'(Glass Records) received notable airplay by John Peel. The first proper album 'Passionfruit Pastels' was a more kaleidoscopic spin on their 'Simon & Garfunkel meets Eyeless In Gaza' sound.

Gary and Cameron then went their separate ways, Gary continuing to record and perform solo as In Embrace for the next single ' The Living Daylights' before recruiting Richard Formby (Jazz Butcher, Spectrum, Dakota Suite).Richard brought a more confident guitar-driven sound to Gary's increasingly wicked words. The second album 'Too' (Glass) was leaner, harder but no less unique. Highly praised in the now-defunct 'Sounds' and 'ZigZag' it remains something of a lost treasure.

The insanely upbeat and totally atypical 'Your Heaven Scent' single was hailed 'Single of the Month' in ZigZag. And with a big show supporting The Style Council at the Apollo Theatre in Coventry, a full-time drummer in Joby Palmer (Pre-Eyeless In Gaza)and Stephen Rees (ex-Tuffs) on bass, IE looked in danger of getting serious as an indie pop-rock band. Until Richard was replaced by Clive Dove (also ex-Tuffs) and the band re-invented themselves again.

They emerged on Cherry Red Records with a final Knight/Formby song and probably the most gorgeous song you've never heard - 'Shouting in Cafes' - an epic, orchestral ballad that still cries out for a lusty foreign movie.

Next came their most widely-known song -'This Brilliant Evening'- their ultimate lovestruck-pop moment. 'Single of the Fortnight' in 'Smash Hits' (of all places!) and still their only track available on CD! ('Ambition - The Cherry Red Story'.)

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Becker of Eyeless In Gaza then joined the band for their subsequent performing and recording sessions. The icing on the cake was provided by the backing vocals of Amanda Lydon. Major support dates with The Housemartins and Carmel followed before IE returned to Glass Records with two shimmering new singles - 'A Room Upstairs' and 'What's Got into Me?'- then vanished from the radar.(Last time I saw Gary he was living in Hong Kong!)

Astonishingly, their finest hour, 1987's 'Songs About Snogging' album remains unreleased to this day.

Trust me. Love-songs to die for with words Morrissey would kill for."

Sue Denim,(ex-ZigZag)1999.



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