Richard H. Kirk resurrected the name Cabaret Voltaire for live performances of specially composed material in 2014, two decades after the group disbanded. Shadow of Fear is the first CV album in 26 years, and the first to be solely created by Kirk, although by the end of the influential group's run in the mid-'90s, their music had evolved into a mixture of dub, techno, and house much more in line with Kirk's myriad solo ventures, like Sandoz and Electronic Eye, than the band's earlier incarnations.
All the conditions have been met for Cabaret Voltaire's return now that the dystopian future we were promised is upon us. A first album in 26 years comes with one sole survivor at the helm. Chris Watson left the band in 1981 to become a Tyne Tees soundman, and Stephen Mallinder departed in 1994 in order to plough his own furrow. Now, following an interregnum that spans a generation, Richard H.
B etween 1974 and 1994, Cabaret Voltaire made a career out of being slightly ahead of the curve. They may well have been the world's first industrial band. Throbbing Gristle coined the genre's name, but more than a year before they formed, Cabaret Voltaire were ensconced in a Sheffield attic, experimenting with tape cut-ups inspired by William Burroughs, looped recordings of machinery in place of rhythms and churning electronic noise.