In late 1977, Dave Brock and Robert Calvert presented a show as the Sonic Assassins, teaming with bassist Harvey Bainbridge, drummer Martin Griffin and keyboardist Paul Hayles. All were in the Devon-based Ark, who had previously crossed paths with Brock on several occasions. Returning to the UK from the disastrous spring US tour, Brock and Calvert had a change of heart and plan, allowing them to split ties to Hawkwind’s old management. They began new sessions in June with Bainbridge, Griffin and new keyboardist Steve Swindells (previously in Pilot) under the moniker “Hawklords”.
Renaissance's next two albums were produced by David Hentschel and predictably enough saw a significant change in direction. Hentschel had of course perfected his technique with Genesis, and he certainly brought some of that influence here; just listen to the opening of "Kindness (At The End)". Not surprisingly, the songs are shorter and more pop orientated, with Michael Dunford's songwriting now mostly co-authored with Jon Camp.