Madhouse of Inventions is The Contrast’s eighth album.

Across sixteen tracks, songwriter David Reid takes a surreal journey through the confusions, dilemmas, insanity and hypocrisy of the early 21st century from the barbed satire of opener ‘Bureaucrats’ (“I’m ten feet up red taped to the wall…”) to the reflective fuzzed out country of ‘This Final Day’ (“All the same it’s good to see you…”).

It is the band’s first album in five years and also the first to feature keyboard player, Simon Russell. Simon’s vibrant R&B inflected organs and pianos brilliantly compliment David Reid’s eclectic and schizophrenic array of guitars – alternately beautiful, chiming and abrasively corrupt. Everything is held together by the colourful but rock-solid rhythm section of Thorin Dixon (drums) and Richard Mackman (bass).

The album also features backing vocals from David Reid’s daughter Aimee, Neil Saunders and former band regular Kieran Wade plus, on ‘What Do You Get’, soaring live strings performed by Kat Moore.

Who Are The Contrast?

David Reid: Lead vocals & guitars,

Richard Mackman: Bass & backing vocals, Thorin Dixon: Drums, Simon Russell: Keyboards

The Contrast’s sleek, edgy, chiming guitar pop embraces influences spanning folk, rock & roll, country, surf, psychedelia, 60s pop, jazz, punk and power pop, plus film noir, surrealism and sci-fi, wrapped up into irresistible 3-minute pop songs.

It’s impossible to tie the band to any specific musical genre or movement, although, in view of their flamboyant, raw live shows, garage rock is perhaps the closest fit.

Operating out of Peterborough, a below sea-level (in more ways than one) city in the east midlands of the UK, The Contrast was formed by Glasgow born singer/songwriter/guitarist, David Reid in 1999. From the start, Reid’s plan was a simple one: “to write & perform songs that I love as much as my favourite records, books and movies”.


One of the best bands on the planet... and England too.

Little Steven Van Zandt

Wicked Cool Records