Martin Bates

Eyeless In Gaza are a post-punk/New Wave musical duo of Martyn Bates and Peter Becker, based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. They have described their music as "veer[ing] crazily from filmic ambiance to rock and pop, industrial funk to avant-folk styles".

Formed in 1980, the group went into hiatus in 1987 as Martyn Bates pursued a number of solo projects and collaborations, re-emerging in 1993.

They returned in 1993 with singer Elizabeth S for the Fabulous Library album and continued as a duo since. Bates also recorded between 1994 and 1998 with M.J. Harris (Napalm Death/Scorn) under the name Drift, and in the early 2000s with keyboardist Alan Trench in Twelve Thousand Days. He has also continued to release solo material. In 2012, Martyn Bates and Peter Becker appeared on "Right North", the eleventh album, a double digipack, of the international collective 48 Cameras.

Martin Bates, Mystery Seas (Letters Written # 2)

Martin Bates / Mystery Seas (Letters Written # 2)

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Always ready to welcome pop music "deviant" or mystical (In gowan ring) or post-rock beauty Swiss (The Evpatoria Report), the label reissued Shayo records an album signed Martyn Bates (former member of Eyeless In Gaza early 80s) originally appeared in 1995. Somewhere between the sophisticated pop of David Sylvian and the new wave of Talk Talk, Mystery Seas takes us into the misty atmospheres, where the voice of Martyn Bates (reminiscent at times that Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode) come into perfect resonance with the organ and the few instruments that come together to give a true density. An artist to (re) discover without delay in a beautiful digipack.
by Benoît Richard