Theme, 2007 Recorded and reworked sporadically between sometime in 2002 and March 2005, the second CD by Theme, 'Our Angels Dislocated', was finally released in Spring 2006 and features fantastic sleeve art by UK sculptor, Mo Jupp. Following the group's debut, 'On Parallel Shores Removed' (Fourth Dimension/Tremor Recordings, 2000), it expands on the organic atmospherics explored there and comprises five pieces which drift into each other like slowly melting icecaps over approx. 45 minutes. Utilising everything from found sounds and field recordings to violin, guitar, piano, sitar, cello and other instruments in an essentially digital environment, the group draws from psychedelia, Minimalism, Eastern music and their own backgrounds in post-punk/industrial/noise music to create contemporary yet progressive pieces of a mostly filmic nature. A third album appeared on Israel's Heart and Crossbone label in late 2009. Entitled 'Valentine (Lost) Forever', it caught Theme in a more rhythmic and somewhat blunter mode, plus featured a remix by former Siouxsie and The Banshees founder and songwriter and now solo artist, Steven Severin.
For the first number of years of their existence, Theme were essentially a trio (Stuart Carter, Richard Johnson, Hassni Malik) sometimes given to collaborative work or reconfiguring their music, with the addition of lengthy spoken word passages, for occasional live appearances. However, since 'Our Angels Dislocated', Hassni left the group and been subsequently replaced by guests such as Jeanne Boyer, who appears on the 'Valentine (Lost) Forever' album, and Olga Drenda, who joined the group for an appearance at the Wroclaw Industrial Festival in late 2010 and will appear on the next album (scheduled for 2012).
Besides the three albums, they have also had work previously remixed by Band Of Pain for a compilation CD track issued with Adverse Effect magazine in 2003 and they debuted live in the Netherlands at Nijmegen's legendary Extrapool in March 2004. They have also played other shows in Poland between December 2005 and the present, plus embarked on a short series of dates in Hungary and Poland with Faust's Jean-herve Peron and Budapest's Zsolt Sores in early September 2011 (following a studio recording session with them that will partly appear on a release in LTCo's present 12"/MLP series).
Each member of Theme has a long history of music involvement, with experimental-rock group Splintered standing out (with countless releases and three radio sessions, including two for the late John Peel, behind them) as both the most prolific or recognised and from whose incarnation in 1998 Theme rose to begin with.
Stuart Carter also has a solo concern, The Fields Of Hay, whose debut CD, 'Songs for Nine Ladies', was released on Fourth Dimension Records in 2007. It features several guests, including E.A.R.'s Sonic Boom, Lumberton's own Richard Johnson (Theme, Splintered), Lukasz/Zenial, Maria Husarska and others.
Besides all of this Theme activity, a CD set by Splintered gathering a few of their now out-of-print singles and some additional material should appear in early 2012 on a label subsidiary of Finland's Freak Animal. Further Splintered activity has also been mooted, along with some other ideas...