Alternative / ambient rock band C E IV formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in the winter of 1983/1984, born out of the band members' common interests in music and the UFO and alien phenomena.
The band name is based on the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s terminology categorising UFO case reports. A 'Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind', or C E IV (C E 4), is the abduction of a human, by alien or unknown entities.
The founder members are Brian McMullan Snr (guitar/vocals) and Brian McMullan jnr (drums, keyboards, backing vocals) - a father and son partnership who are passionate about what they do. Both are equally involved in the writing of music and lyrics, as well as the recording and production of their albums at their home studios.
Their strong interest in UFOs heavily influenced song writing from the band's inception and continues to this day. Lyrics reflect the experiences and emotions felt by the UFO witness, while the music and sound effects further enhance the mood through diverse styles and arrangements, allowing the listener to relate to the phenomena, perhaps even regressing on their own experience.
Numerous articles about C E IV have appeared world-wide in UFO books, magazines, newspapers and websites, including enthusiastic reviews in the music press. Media interest is ever present with radio and television appearances, including performances, interviews, and their songs and music used in various UFO related programmes.
Over the years, C E IV have performed at various venues throughout the UK; from local clubs in Glasgow in the early days, through to large international UFO conferences. Life-size alien mannequins accompany the band on stage, and along with lighting and smoke effects, help create an eerie atmosphere, leaving an indelible impression on the audience. Vocals, guitar, drums and keyboards incorporating sampled sound effects, combine to produce C E IV’s individual sound. Additional musicians join both Brians on stage when needed.
As keen ufologists, the band participate in skywatches, attend meetings to discuss the subject with like-minded folk, and have written articles for various UFO publications. They research and investigate the phenomenon through dialogue with witnesses, often working alongside investigation groups, and have also established strong links with UFO organisations abroad.
C E IV continue to write and perform UFO related songs and music, with new material coming soon.
Update March 2022 - Sadly, Brian snr passed away peacefully in March 2022. The band will continue for now in his memory, inspired by his amazing talent and enthusiasm for music and all things weird and wonderful. RIP Brian - see you on the other side.