Second Light will always remain a very special album to me. It’s impetus was sparked in the initial rush of acceptance of our debut 360 and it’s musicality from having the confidence the reward of that brings. We never set out to bring a unified theme to the whole album but as our scope expanded we would look in many different places for sample sources. The cornerstone of the album Little Britain was actually originally started in 1990, capturing an extract of Carl Orffs Carmina Burana over a simple rhythm . It wasn’t until 4 years later that we had shaped it into a proper tune. The same for A Canterbury Tale, after discovering the English composer Vaughn Williams. I was drawn to classical music as a source of rich melody and stirring themes along with Celtic and Asian influences.
Film sources such as the work of Powell and Pressburger, Lindsay Anderson, Alexander Kordas Thief of Baghdad and pirate films seemed to be a narrative glue that started to merge it all together..and the Dub vein that ran through our sound was the result of time spent in our previous group Screaming Target with Leo and Don Letts , which is where we first met Tim Bran working at Island Studios. All this fused perfectly with rhythms inspired by a progressive UK dance movement that kick started the group in the first place. Considering our heritage with Mick jones and BAD this multi culture clash felt natural and somehow helped to give the record its feel of that.
Taking advantage of funding by our publishers we plotted up in a studio unit in Queens Park with some good green and let our creative instincts roam free. Only when we were finished did we sign to Virgin. The buzz of major backing and exposure was indeed a fine time, I will always give thanks for the turn of events . For a brief moment there we were golden and in the most perfect place. As time moves on through changes this album continues to be the foundation that we build our house of dread upon.
Second Light Gear Info
Made with Akai MPC60, Akai S1000/ S950, Roland MKS80 Super Jupiter, Roland Juno, Oberheim Matrix ,Roland SH101, Roland 303 909 808 and Atari Notator & Leo Williams Bass
Made in 1994