On Wednesday, Exclaim reported that Manchester acid house pioneers 808 State would be reforming its original lineup, including founding member Gerald Simpson (a.k.a. A Guy Called Gerald, a drum and bass pioneer in his own right), who left the band after its 1988 debut Newbuild. Which would be huge news and all, if it were true. This is not the case, however, according to a post by multi-instrumentalist and fellow founding member Graham Massey on the band’s official message board.
Simpson said in an interview for the Red Bull Music Academy that he and Massey had plans to work together, but not under the 808 State moniker. “You can see that its [sic] just been lifted out of context,” he wrote Thursday. “We were talking about doing another Rebuild gig. through [sic] Nathan at Wang , [sic] but so far the original date was postponed and Im [sic] waiting to hear about another one.”
In 2007, Massey and Simpson performed in London together as Rebuild, so it looks like they’re bringing that back. No word on whether or not they are recording new material together, but we can expect an announcement in the coming months, according to Simpson.