Ian Henderson ~ Mark Power
When they debuted in 1998, Irish band Eden were a fresh foil for the seemingly endless stream of identikit boybands. They featured on RTÉ's 2fm Beat On The Street tour, and supported Boyzone on their UK and Ireland tour. All the while, they were touring under their own steam across continental Europe.
Having moved to Germany to set up a European base, Eden found themselves playing to audiences of 100,000 at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. The ensuing years whizzed by in a blur of major label signing, radio awards, TV shows, pilfered champagne, disgruntled drag queens and, of all things, a nude cruise. Honestly, the tell-all biography will be worth hanging around for!
However, frustrated by A&R missteps and feckless management, Mark and Ian decided enough was enough and firmly took the reins back. With a string of successful singles and an album (2006's Desolate Shores) under their belt, they knew exactly what they wanted to do and how they wanted to sound. All decisions would be their decisions. Eden's fierce work ethic and a bright creative streak kept them on course. Having been somewhat ahead of the synth pop curve, Eden's tenacity seems to have been vindicated in more recent years by the arrival to the charts of many a synth-driven hit.
Finally at home in Ireland, Eden set to work on their second album, Electric!, which was released in 2011. The set yielded four singles that bristled with personality. The songs were fresh and, more importantly, they were powerfully melodic. Rooted in real human emotion, they were no assembly line ditties. Representing a truly terrific album, they garnered great reviews and terrific audience response. Their live shows drew enthusiastic crowds and the album showed itself to be crammed with crowd-pleasers and blended seamlessly with highlights from their impressive back catalogue.
Not too long after the album campaign ended, Eden took a breather. This allowed both Mark and Ian to try new things and flex their creative muscles in different ways. Ian produced other acts (including material by Veda Beaux Reves, who had guested on their Murder On The Mind single) and he wrote and produced a sideline electronica project, under the name of Nouvelle Electro. Mark, meanwhile, wrote a set of songs that he recorded with a rock producer, exploring a new soundscape. He also undertook a series of themed live shows, dabbled in acting and won an award for songs he had written for a play. The break proved to be a tonic: both Ian and Mark returned to Eden, driven by an extra jolt of creative energy.
In 2016, Eden are primed to bounce back with a new album. Outbound To Wonderland builds further on the synthpop pizzazz of Electric! Over the course of ten brand new songs, the Eden magic shines brightly, proving again that they can craft strong melodic pop with the very best of them. While electronic music has come right to the fore again in recent years, Eden still stand apart from their contemporaries. They have a very distinct identity and that is what makes their records and live shows so special.
Fresh from signing a publishing deal with Sony BMG, Eden will tease the new album by releasing the flagship single, I Don't Wanna Lose You, on 26th August. This catchy and sassy dance track glitters with pop hooks and is a great ambassador for the album, Outbound To Wonderland, which will follow in October.
OUTBOUND TO WONDERLAND