The Calls stadium-friendly rock songs prompted comparisons with U2 from the very outset of their career. A California, USA-based quartet, the songs written by vocalist Michael Been (ex-Aorta) recalled the passion and melodrama of Boy -era U2, an impression compounded by the bands spiritual inclinations. The band, originally known as Motion Pictures, was formed in 1980 in Santa Cruz, California, by Been, Tom Ferrier (guitar), Greg Freeman (bass), and Scott Musick (drums). Their 1982 debut was recorded in England with Hugh Padgham producing and Garth Hudson of the Band guesting on keyboards. The following years Modern Romans included the minor US hit single, The Walls Came Down. Following the release of Scene Beyond Dreams, keyboard player Jim Goodwin was brought into the line-up and Been replaced the departing Freeman on bass. The band subsequently signed a new contract with Elektra Records. Their debut for the label, Reconciled, was...
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