Republica dominated the charts in the Nineties and are exploding back into 2013 with a new EP, UK tour and festival slots.
The band's iconic and fiery frontwoman, Saffron, Tim Dorney (keyboard), Johnny Male (guitar) and Conor Lawrence (drums) rode the Britpop wave of female-fronted rock bands like Sleeper, Elastica, Garbage and Lush, injecting it with their self-dubbed "techno-pop, punk rock" sound. Between 1996 and 1999, Republica sold an incredible 3 million albums and clinched Top 5 slots in the UK, America and Europe with platinum sales across the globe, while their hit single Ready to Go soared to Number One in 18 countries.
And the band is returning to the scene with the release of their eagerly-awaited single and EP in March, which will be supported by a UK tour across the following venues:
- Thursday 14 March: Garage, London
- Friday 15 March: Fibbers, York
- Sunday 17 March: Manchester venue TBC
- Monday 18 March: Newcastle O2 Academy
- Tuesday 19 March: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
- Wednesday 20 March: Glasgow Classic Grand
- Thursday 21 March: Nottingham Bodega
- Friday 22 March: Bristol Thekla
- Saturday 23 March: Winchester
Their new material is a welcome return to the gritty, electronica sound which set them apart from fellow Britpop titans, as Saffron explains: "It's been brilliant being back in the studio together with the boys. After touring for years and having side projects and collaborations, it felt really fresh working and recording together again. We all headed to a house in Cornwall, taking the equipment with us and set up a studio. We dug out lots of old keyboards we've collected over the years - even an old analogue modular one that Tim made himself. The first release, 'Christiana Obey' was written with our producer Andy Gray. We've recorded some great new tracks and we're really excited about going out live to perform them. It's all NEW, NEW, NEW!"
Republica will be joining acts including Bon Jovi and The Stone Roses with a slot at The Isle of Wight in June, to share the well-loved tunes that won the hearts of the nation, as well as this exciting, new material.
FILM AND MUSICAL COLLABORATIONS
The band has never really been away, with their music becoming the soundtrack to the past few decades - Ready to Go featured on more than 300 films and adverts and Wes Craven selected their hit single, Drop Dead Gorgeous for the soundtrack to his hit movie Scream and invited them to perform at its Hollywood premiere.
With her unique sound and iconic image, it is only natural that Saffron has been in demand from a host of the world's biggest music acts, including The Prodigy, who used her vocals on Fuel My Fire from their critically-acclaimed Fat of the Land album.
Saffron also worked with The Cure on single Just Say Yes; collaborated with Junkie XL for his 2003 album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin and scored a number one dance single with him; she duetted with Gary Numan, recorded Pork-u-Pine with Jeff Beck for his album, Jeff; worked with DJ Carl Cox on Get What You Paid 4 and also worked with artists including Jah Wobble - who wrote World of You for her - N-Joi - performing on their hit, Anthem - Mark Moore, St Etienne and The Shamen.
Saffron and Tim Dorney are also in demand for DJ slots, with bookings from Paul and Natt Weller, Dr Martens and The Sultan of Brunei.
Saffron's inimitable style, red slashed hair and exotic looks born of her Chinese, Portuguese and British descent has secured her position as fashion icon.
Donatella Versace personally phoned to ask them to perform at Versace's Versus catwalk show in New York, as Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss sashayed down the catwalk and Prince, Lou Reed and Courtney Love sat in the front row.
London's prestigious department store Selfridge's gave Saffron her own, interactive window display, featuring giant pictures of the style leader and facts about her life.
Saffron and the band were also selected for MTV's Fashionably Loud, which combined live music and catwalk fashion.
And Diet Pepsi also fell for her streetwise, effortlessly cool image and made her the face of their brand, at the centre of their joint promotion with clothing chain Jeffrey Rogers.
She opened Diet Pepsi's first ever catwalk event, at the Cosmopolitan show and 3D jigsaw pictures of the singer filled Jeffrey Rogers stores.
Saffron was destined for stardom before forming Republica in 1994.
After excelling at London's Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, she toured Japan and America in Starlight Express, choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing's Arlene Phillips, having wowed London's West End in the musical.
She then clinched the lead role of Magenta in the Rocky Horror Picture Show and secured acting roles in shows including hit BBC comedy, 'Allo, 'Allo! and Long Good Friday director John Mackenzie's Tears of the Tiger cinematic trailer.
Saffron also appeared in Soiuxsie and the Banshees Stargazer video and played Chesney Hawkes' love interest, battling off his nemesis played by Roger Daltrey, in his hit The One and Only video as well as the video for N-Joi's Mindflux single.
She also worked as a presenter for MTV, LWT and presented dance music programme BPM.