Following 2019's critically acclaimed Guesswork, the musical style of Lloyd Cole’s On Pain consists mainly of electronic sounds with half of the songs being written in collaboration with Neil Clark and Blair Cowan, the original members of the Commotions.
Through both his work being the front man of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and his solo career, Lloyd Cole established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era. Undergoing several artistic shifts, from minimalistic to folk-rock-inspired to electronic, Cole’s work never compromised the high creative value that he has proven to provide over his distinguished career.
“I’m excited to still be finding new methods, new perspectives, new sounds,” says Cole. “The 'album' may be nearing commercial death, but my career has been in that state for almost 30 years and here we are, still, and I still want to make albums. I still want to be heard. I’m very much looking forward to being on stage with Neil, and Blair in October. We have no intention of producing a retro show.”
Lloyd Cole has released 16 studio albums beginning with the Commotions - Rattlesnakes (1984), Easy Pieces (1985), and Mainstream (1987) – plus eleven solo albums including Lloyd Cole (1990), Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe (1991), Bad Vibes (1993), Love Story (1995), Plastic Wood (2001), Music In A Foreign Language (2003), Anti Depressant (2006), Broken Record (2010), Standards (2013), 1D (2015), Guesswork (2019). There’s also one with the Negatives, The Negatives (2000), and one with Hans Joachim Roedelius, Selected Studies Vol. 1 (2013).