A Flock of Seagulls announce new album, String Theory

Will String Theory contain original material or reimagined versions of old songs?

The legendary ’80s new wave band A Flock of Seagulls has announced a new album called String Theory that’s due out this summer. There are no details yet if the album will feature new material or reimagined versions of previously released songs.

In 2018, the band’s original lineup—vocalist and keyboardist Mike Score, drummer Ali Score, bassist Frank Maudsley, and guitarist Paul Reynolds—reunited to record orchestral versions of their ’80s songs performed with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra that they released as an album called Ascension. The album included one “original” track called “Ascension” that was barely a minute long and doesn’t include vocals.

Their last album together was 1984’s The Story of a Young Heart. Following that release, Reynolds left the band for personal reasons, and the remaining members tried to carry on without him. They released a fourth album called Dream Come True that failed to repeat the success of their first three.

It’s unclear if the four original members of A Flock of Seagulls will appear on String Theory. Following the Ascension project, the band released Inflight (The Extended Essentials), a collection of extended and reimagined remixes of their biggest hits.

A Flock of Seagulls is best known for their 1982 hit song, “I Ran (So Far Away),” though they had plenty of other hits, including “Modern Love is Automatic,” “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You),” and “The More You Live, The More You Love.” My favorite A Flock of Seagulls song has to be “Space Age Love Song.”

They’re also known for Mike Score’s wild hairdo, which can only be described as a backward mullet with wings. It’s since become a punchline, earning jokes in movies like Pulp Fiction. These days, there’s not much hair to comb forward, but they still sound fantastic.

EDIT: This story has been revised. I mistakenly thought A Flock of Seagulls announced a new album of original material, but some fans are speculating that String Theory will feature orchestral versions of previously released songs. I guess we’ll find out.

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