Gary Numan never went away. Ever since the demise of his career as a hit maker and alternative pin up back when The Pleasure Principle came out he’s been plugging away, self releasing album after album that you’ve never heard.
You'd be forgiven for not knowing John Grant from the band he fronted for ten years, The Czars. The acclaim their four records received was never matched with commercial success and the band split in 2004. They did, however, have superfans in Midlake, who convinced Grant to make an album in their studio, serving as his backing band in the process.