We were however eager to get back in the creative driving seat. We had contributed to each others solo albums and worked together on a myriad of projects but were struggling to find space to develop some emerging ideas that harked back to our post punk period.
We had the idea of bringing in a number of guest vocalists and creating an album. We had some names in the frame and had written some tracks for a couple of singles and an album.
The first single was actually a poem that Pete wrote and he also delivered the vocal which was intended just as a guide vocal for someone else but we decided to go with it as it was. I provided sax, wind synth and some other electronics as usual . The instrumentation and construction of the main track was Pete's work.
In an experimental role reversal Pete did the vocals and I produced and delivered the dub mix which was in effect the B side. We called it the Cloud mix as I was developing an alter ego at the time under the pseudonym of Mr. Cloud.
By the way I just discovered some Cloud Quartet sessions which were not released. I will upload them shortly. Anyway, I am getting ahead of myself.
The first single "Absent Culture" / Absent Culture (Cloud Mix) was delivered completely below the radar as was so often the case with our releases. The follow up single featured our old friend and collaborator Wavis O'Shave with an up to date version of his song "Pokeawillies". There was a rather quirky video for this track but it seems to have disappeared off YouTube for some mysterious reason.
The album was mapped out and was to be preceded with another single entitled "Metanoia Kick" which had all the beat and ferocity of The Prodigy and at the same time a punk rock vitality. We were hoping to get Tor Cesay to do the vocals for this track but once we got together with Tor a whole new project emerged under the name Wilderness Poet. Fictional Rage was sidelined and Wilderness Poet started to create an album from the remnants of the ideas. To this date that album has not been released either but the word on the grapevine is that it may yet materialise.
- Barry Lamb (13/06/2020)