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Andi Sex Gang @ MODU club, Athens 27.11.2016

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by Nick Drivas
Photos: Angelos Angelopoulos

Maverick musician Andi Sex Gang, mostly known for his work with post punk goth pioneers Sex Gang Children, gave his first live show in Athens Greece on the 27th of November. On that dark Sunday evening, with the rain pouring down hard on the city of Athens, we witnessed one of those rare and intimate performances that Andi Sex Gang gives once in while. Although the turnout was small, the crowd was spread out nicely all around the venue, with some seated at tables and stools, some die-hard fans in front of the stage, giving the feel of a more cozy cabaret atmosphere.

15321581_1167997239904686_398301339_oFirst up on the bill were special guests New Zero God. This local post-punk goth act stepped on the stage and shot out some of their tremendous tracks from their three albums.  This was the first time I saw them with their new line up with Michalis Semertzoglou on bass. Although this was his second appearance with the band they played very well and proved to be a very tight outfit.

He made a very good rhythm section with drummer John Psimopoulos. As always, Mike Pougounas the singer, brought out his best vocals, with a highlight on “Garden Of Mazes“, one of my favourite tracks from their latest album “Short Tales & Tall Shadows“. Their guitarist, Akis Nikolaidis, added the fierce riffs which probably were responsible for the comment made by Andi Sex Gang’s manager LaraSupport band is good! Guns’n’Roses meets The Damned”. The band left the stage after playing a finale with three of their most catchy songs “Bang Bang“, “Shut Up” (another personal favourite) and “Kiss The Witch“.

Setlist:

Dead Inside
My Reaper
Strangest Of Fruits
Garden Of Mazes
Angeline
Damaged
King Pest the First
Bang Bang
Shut Up
Kiss The Witch

Next up and greatly anticipated was Andi Sex Gang. He took to the stage with guitarist Matthew James Saw. They had just flown over from Warsaw after they had played a Sex Gang Children gig, part of their latest Jezebel tour. They opened with a great slow version of “Barbarossa” with Matthew picking out 15302311_1167997243238019_153754403_osharp notes from his 12 string electric guitar while Andi, who was standing next to him, was singing and moving majestically, waving his arms, slowly captivating us from the first instant and drawing us into his art. From that first track everyone in the audience knew that we were witnessing something very special. Andi then took his guitar and sat on a stool while they played two Marianne Faithfull covers, “Strange Weather” and “Come And Stay With Me“. Andi was in a good mood, bringing his positive vibe over to the audience. Speaking to us between tracks, telling us some interesting facts about the way the songs where composed and also discussing current world issues. He also spoke the little Greek he knew and entertained us with some of the “dirty words” he still remembered. They continued with a selection of Andi’s solo work and many Sex Gang Children tracks. I was delighted to hear some of personal favourites like “Saraband For Dead Lovers“, “Sunset Of Crow” and “Arms Of Cicero“. All performed superbly semi-acoustic with Andi’s characteristic voice in top shape. They kept entertaining us with every song they preformed, with anthems such as “Sebastiane“, the yet unreleased “Goodbye Berlin“, the beautifully played “Medea” up to the end with “Song And Legend“.

Although many had anticipated a full band Sex Gang Children show, after bearing witness to this live appearance, all agreed that this was a very special show. It’s not often that one gets to see such solo acts. Especially when the artist is someone like Andi Sex Gang who has such a big history and such a great personality. I was thrilled meeting him and Matthew after the gig and seeing how lovable chaps they both are. Hopefully we will see them again and if we’re lucky as Sex Gang Children, as well.

Setlist:

Barbarossa
The Messenger
Strange Weather
Come And Stay With Me
Power Waits
Babes In The Wood
Saraband For Dead Lovers
Sunset Of Crow
Belgique Blue
Dead Mans Hill
All American Heart
Arms Of Cicero
Sebastiane
Goodbye Berlin
Medea
Song And Legend

 

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Goth

 

Coffee Jingle Records

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Coffee Jingle Records is delighted to announce that Dani Divine will be appearing in the debut video by Metal project Dead Soul Communion.

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The debut video is planned to be out in the spring with the debut album being released in the summer.

Dead Soul Communion is:
Vocals – Darby (The Bloodshake Chorus)
Guitar – Daniel Finch (Founder of Devilment)
Guitar – Dan Jackson (Ex Devilment)
Bass – Kev Jackson (Ex Fifth Season)
Keyboards – Sam High (The Bloodshake Chorus)
Drums – Simon Dawson (Steve Harris British Lion)

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Martin Wake, owner of Coffee Jingle Records said “Dani is a simply stunning individual and I cannot wait to see her appear in the debut video for The Dead Soul Communion, and I know I’m not alone in that. She has appeared on many magazine covers and worked with many different people in different fields, and I hope she really enjoys being in the video and I’m sure her fans worldwide are going to love the final product.

More information can be found through the following:

Coffee Jingle Records – Facebook

The Dead Soul Communion – Facebook

Dani Divine – Facebook

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Metal, Music

 

The Veldt – In a Quiet Room (Leonard Skully Records 9 December 2016)

Shoegaze Pioneers The Veldt Release ‘In a Quiet Room’ with New Video from Tokyo

NYC-Raleigh four-piece The Veldt have released a new video for ‘In a Quiet Room’, created by Tokyo-based videographer Toshikazu Kaneiwa. This track comes from their five-track EP ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’, released via Manchester label Leonard Skully Records.

With 4AD legendary recording artist A.R.Kane contributing production on this EP, it effectively merges the alternative bliss rock sound The Veldt has become known for with the hallmark dreamy electronica that led to A.R.Kane becoming famed as ‘father of dreampop’. These tracks combine intense energy, layers of atmosphere and guitar with beautiful falsetto vocals.

The Veldt are identical twins Daniel (guitar, vocals) and Danny Chavis (guitar), Hayato Nakao (bass) and Marvin Levi (drums).  Upon signing to Capitol Records in 1989, they recorded a debut album with Cocteau Twins dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie, which was never released, and then recorded a new once, called ‘Marigolds’, with Lincoln Fong (Moose).

After switching labels, Mercury Records released ‘Afrodisiac’ in 1994, produced by Ray Shulman (The Sundays, Bjork, Sugarcubes), before changing their name to Apollo Heights (they have since changed it back to The Veldt). Earlier this month, Pitchfork included this album in their top 50 shoegaze albums of all time, calling this “the great lost American shoegaze classic, with influences from Prince to Cocteau Twins to A.R. Kane to the Jesus and Mary Chain (who contributed a remix) fused into something beautiful and unique”.

Video producer Toshikazu Kaneiwa is an indie filmmaker hailing from Tokyo, Japan. A long-time friend of the band, their support for each other’s art has been mutually complementary. Veldt bassist Hayato Nakao composed music for some of Toshikazu’s short films, including “Believe” and “Surface”, while he would offer his skills in photography and creating videos for the band (then Apollo Heights). “They guided my soul when I was in NYC in 2001-2014,” explains Toshikazu.

“I was truly inspired when I heard ‘In a Quiet Room’. This sound is so beautiful and sad, and I felt compelled to do the visual work for this song,” explains Toshikazu Kaneiwa. “At the same time, I met k.a.n.a., who is an artist with so much talent – she can dance, act, paint and sing… and I got an idea for the video and I told her my directional plan. She said yes. I really appreciate that she brought a very strong performance into this video.”

The Veldt were part of a movement of innovators who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild. Their sound inspired many alternative artists, including TV On the Radio, and led to them working together. They’ve also collaborated with Mos Defand Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and have toured and played with The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Living Colour, and most recently with The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’ EP marks the band’s re-emergence after a notable hiatus, going down in history as one of the most memorable shoegaze comebacks in 2016, as demonstrated by their recent North American and European tours. In early 2017, The Veldt will release new music through SonaBLAST! Records. The new EP is available on vinyl from Manchester-based Leonard Skully Records and on CD and digitally at http://theveldtmusic.bandcamp.com.

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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in Shoegaze

 

Last Dusk – Memento Mori (2016)

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(by Fondas SumerSon)

A few years ago not many people would have thought that Costa Rica would be the home of great goth rock bands. However Draconian Incubus from San Jose changed this. The band left its mark on the scene with its dark and powerful goth rock, through its 3 releases (2 full length albums & one ep). However, as years passed by, they had a change in their musical direction, leaving their goth endeavors in order to explore new musical terrains. But this is exactly what gave birth to Last Dusk. Carfax, one of their founding members, decided to follow the path of his heart and remain devoted to what he loved the most in music: Gothic rock! Old school, post-punkish, often occult-themed goth rock, unaffected by commercial trends, to be precise.

Last Dusk started their dark trip around 2012, with the release of their debut ep “Trismegistus”, which made many people pay attention to them. The highlight of its impact was their cracking appearance in Sacrosanct festival, one of the most cult festivals in Europe, taking place yearly in Reading-UK!

After some line-up changes Last Dusk’s new offering, their first full-length album “memento mori”, is finally here! With this release the band proves that they have no reason to be envious of any well established European goth rock/dark wave act! Old school guitars and bass lines, strong dark wave drumming, rich keyboard layers and synth-choirs and imposing goth vocals with a wide range of influences from Love Like Blood and House of Usher to Bauhaus and Christian Death or even Cinema Strange. The album will appeal equally to fans of traditional goth rock, as well as lovers of post punk and dark wave.

The songs vary from goth rock anthems (The Broken Altar, The Fool, Oblivion) and mystical ritualistic songs (The devil’s flower) to cobweb-covered batcave tunes (Memento Mori). The new versions of “Evocation” and “The Outsider” are indeed upgraded, sounding fresh now with more keyboards. Special tip: The closing track of the album “There’s a thing in the garden….” is a Crowley-inspired, hypnotic occult diamond! A narration of thelemic inspiration in Greek is used as an intro, while Aleister Crowley reciting verses from “the Poet” serves as the song’s outro. This should be enough to help you understand the atmosphere that the band creates in this dark hymn. What a track!

Production wise the sound might slightly lack in strength and clarity, but this is probably done deliberately by the band who rather prefers a retro dark wave sound which serves their purpose right, at the end of the day.

I suggest you check out this band because they have a lot to offer. Their devotion to goth and the culture that has built around it, is not something you come across very often. Long Live the Goth Underground Long Live Last Dusk!

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Goth

 

SpaceFest! 2016 – 2-3 December 2016

SpaceFest! 2016 Preview. Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) & Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) to lead Pure Phase Ensemble 6

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SpaceFest! is gearing up for a new season. The sixth edition of this festival will take place on December 2-3. Gdansk will again become the intergalactic capital of Poland, presenting psychedelic music at its best with shoegaze, Krautrock and space-rock plus cosmic energy, intergalactic cats, forest goblins, psyched visuals, pagan disco and more.

Organized by Nasiono Records, this event is traditionally preceded by a week-long workshop for Pure Phase Ensemble, an ephemeral group created especially for the festival. While most festival events will take place at Zak Club, these musicians will rehearse at the Laznia 2 Centre for Contemporary Art in the city’s Nowy Port district, seeking inspiration amidst its post-industrial atmosphere.

anton-newcombeThis year, Pure Phase Ensemble will be fronted by a true legend: Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, espousing one rule – that there are no rules when making music. We can basically expect anything. Anton is teaming up with Emil Nikolaisen (producer, multi-instrumentalist and frontman of Serena Maneesh) for this project.

Anton Newcombe says, “It is my hope I can have a quick chat with everyone involved and get on the same page about how important silence can be. From there we can make everyone deaf… but I’m not interested in throwing everything at something then trying to remove everything in its own way. I would rather build wonderful beds of ideas, rythm, melody and work on Polish and English vocals when we can… I plan to switch between my keys and my guitars using one in open tunings if I can, and one standard… and get weirder… be heavy. and dreamy. but not pointless.”

Other PPE members are from the following Polish alternative bands: Polpo Motel (Olga Myslowska), Jesien (Maciej Karminski), Oslo Kill City (Jakub Zwirello), Judy’s Funeral (Marcin Lewandowski) and Aiodine (Kacper Graczyk). The collective will also involve Nasiono Records’ very own Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS), who has been responsible for its musical cohesion from the very outset. Their output will be presented live on December 3, and will be recorded and released on CD in 2017.

The makeup of Pure Phase Ensemble is constantly changing, guided by the artistic vision of a new leader each year. Through workshop improvisation, the musicians produce a set of unique songs, Past participants include Mark Gardener (Ride), Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Ray Dickaty (ex Spiritualized), Steve Hewitt (ex Placebo), Jaime Harding (Marion), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), and Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, The True Spirit).

This year’s concert delights include performances by Camera (Germany), Be Forest (Italy), The Third Sound (Iceland-Germany), DIV i DED (Czech Republic), MDME SPKR (Britain), and Polish artists Rosa VertovWild BooksLonker See, and The Fruitcakes.

Be Forest, a trio from the Italian city of Pesaro and leading fixture in the modern shoegaze world, bring their hallmark sound to the festival. More shoegaze is on the menu from Czech shoegaze and dreampop outfit DIV I DED, building on the achievements of such groups as Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, Slowdive, Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.

German trio Camera, who experiment with sound, composition, form and expression, are justifiably compared with 70s Krautrock icons like Neu! and La

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Düsseldorf, their music like a motor running at full throttle, where an explosion could occur any second.

The new psych scene is represented by The Third Sound, a band that has been dubbed “linchpins of the psychedelic underground”. Fronted by Icelandic singer Hakon Aðalsteinsson, formerly of Singapore Sling, this project was founded in Rome and has since relocated to Berlin.

London duo MDME SPKR transmit pure, raw energy on stage, while Lau Betti’s low, in-your-face voice emanates sincerity and freshness. Their sweaty, loud sound evokes L7’s grunge or the darkness of Black Sabbath. Polish band Wild Books also combine the raw sound of psychedelic punk with dreamy, fuzzy 1990s-style guitars, presenting material from their upcoming second album titled “2”.

The sound from Poland’s Lonker See oscillates around jazz, space rock and psych. It’s full of space, based on long forms, with ample room for improvisation. Through its annual competition for young bands, two other collectives will perform at SpaceFest! 2016 – Warsaw-based Rosa Vertov, an all-female band playing dirty, disturbing shoegaze, and The Fruitcakes, whose music is inspired by the late 60s San Francisco psych scene, the Canterbury scene, and the psychedelic aspects of the contemporary Australian scene.

SpaceFest! also presents DJ sets from UK-based DJ Ola’s Kool Kitchen and DJ Pomponette, who will deliver spaced out and psychedelic dance music sets, and Snowid – a mystical forest creature and the festival’s informal patron, presenting a wild mix of disco, psytrance, electro and dubstep.

SpaceFest! is organised by the Nasiono Association in cooperation with the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art and Zak Club. The festival is co-financed by the City of Gdansk. Tickets are available from Soundrive Tickets and Zak Club(Grunwaldzka 195/197, Gdansk)

Day tickets are PLN 35 (preorder) and PLN 45 (on the door) / Weekend tickets are PLN 65 (preorder only). For more information on this unique space expedition, visit www.spacefest.pl

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

2 December 2016 | doors 7 p.m.

Rosa Vertov (PL)

Be Forest (IT)

Wild Books (PL)

Camera (DE)

The Third Sound (IS/DE)

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Snowid DJ set (PL)

Ola’s Kool Kitchen DJ set (UK)

 

3 December 2016 | doors 7 p.m.

The Fruitcakes (PL)

Lonker See (PL)

DIV I DED (CZ)

MDME SPKR (UK/FR)

Pure Phase Ensemble ft. Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) & Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) (US/PL/NOR)

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Snowid DJ Set (PL)

DJ Pomponette (UK/FR)

Ola’s Cool Kitchen DJ set (UK)

 

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An Evening With Andi Sex Gang Live – Special guests: New Zero God

Andi Sex Gang, leader of the legendary English post-punk goth band Sex Gang Children, will perform for the first time in Greece.

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The gig will take place at MODU (Kolonou 76, Metaxourgio, Athens) on Sunday 27 November, with New Zero God as special guests. Mostly known for his work with Sex Gang Children, Andi also worked with lots of other artists including Marc Almond, Mick Ronson, and Dario Argento.

On this special night, along with Sex Gang Children guitarist Matthew J Saw, Andi will bring to the stage all the classic repertoire of the band in an acoustic version of tracks such as Sebastiane, Song and Legend, and Medea.

corfu-1New Zero God were founded in 2006 by former members of the Flowers Of Romance and have opened for bands such as Christian Death and Legendary Pink Dots, while as members of The Flowers Of Romance they opened for The Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, and New Model Army.

With three full length albums, two mini albums (one of which was recorded live in Italy) two 7” singles and two digital singles the band have worked with Greek and foreign record labels.

This year, New Zero God released the album “Short Tales & Tall Shadows” and in October they followed with a 7” split-single with the Scottish band Savage Cut.

New Zero God will appear with the following line-up:
Mike Pougounas – Vocals
Akis Nikolaidis – Guitar
John Psimopoulos – Drums
Michalis Semertzoglou – Bass

Doors open at 20:00
Tickets:
10€ presale
15€ at the door

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Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Goth

 

NU:N – Naked until Noema (2016)

(By Fondas Sumerson)

It’s no big secret that Portugal had nothing exceptional to offer the Goth scene all these years, apart from Phantom Vision and Aenima. At least this was the case before these guys appeared. With their self-titled debut, the band established its name in the European goth community and with their cracking live performances in their own country, UK (sacrosanct fest) and Spain (Semana Gotica de Madrid) they captured the attention of goth fans everywhere.

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Two years after their excellent debut, they return with a second album, sounding more mature and eager to explore new musical highways, not straying from the path of traditional goth rock nevertheless ! Everything the listener had loved in their first release is also apparent in the new album… Powerful, solid guitar riffs, haunting deep vocals, dance-floor rhythms, atmospheric synth-lines, obscure electronics and a touch of industrial guitar-playing. If you add to this 3 very special guests who contribute to the album, it’s not hard to imagine that this is bound to be one of the best releases of the year…. But let’s take a closer look to “naked until noema”.

The album begins with the mystical “aethyr”, a song that takes us to ancient Egypt, through the invocation of the chosen ones and the everlasting search for light. This is a ritualistic tune with eerie guitars and an atmospheric chorus that will remind you of the early days of Garden of Delight! The participation of Carfax from Last Dusk gives the song a wicked twist, which adds to the occult atmosphere that the band masterfully creates!

The next song is the first single of the album. “Ceremonial” is made for the dance-floor. A classic goth rock anthem, intense and melodic, reminiscent of the German underground goth heroes Morbid Poetry. Killer rhythm section on this track which is themed after Sumerian goddesses and legends!
Seeds of Absence” which follows is my favourite. I first listened to this song at Sacrosanct festrival last year and I was shocked! We’re talking about a mid-tempo tune with great bass lines and out-of-this world synths, that will surly capture you from the very first listen! The song offers a variety in rhythm, while its chorus is utterly beautiful. Absolutely amazing tune!
In “untitled” we have another guest appearance. Stephanie, the girl behind the drum kit of Last Dusk, performs a ghost-like narration in Spanish that works just perfect in the song!
Romeo without Juliet” reveals a more sensitive side of the band. It is inspired by the dramatic “Elephant Man”. A lost, abandoned soul travels around the world as part of a freakshow, away from his true love that haunts his soul eternally. This is a unique song with traditional Spanish guitars and ethnic melodies, weaving a bittersweet goth romance!

Next one is “Suplica”. In this one the band attempts to explore new musical grounds. Imagine Die Krupps trying to sound “goth”. Heavy industrial guitars combined with Nosferatu-like (legendary UK goth rock band) keyboards and a Rammstein-like epic chorus! Quite unexpected from a band like NU:N I would say, but still I really liked this odd experiment of theirs. It definitely worked out fine! José Luis Peixoto, the acclaimed Portuguese novelist and poet is responsible for the lyrics on this one.

Next on “Incessant Lies”, the second dance-floor dynamite of the album. A Sisters of Mecry/Star Industry-like tune with bombastic rhythm section. Melodic synths and high class vocals complete another excellent song that will satisfy all the goth fans that can appreciate a good song they can dance to!
We slow down a little bit to take a stroll down the romantic alleys of “Hidden Praise”, which is a beautiful poem! M.T.’s recites for 1:23 without music…. His voice reminded me of A.Veljanov of Deine Lakaien in this one!
The song that follows is maybe the highlight of the album! It is the band’s co-operation with Oliver Heuer, frontman of German Goth Rockers Sweet William. He is the guest vocalist and lyric writer for this masterpiece! An old school goth rock anthem that took me back to the 90’s. Intricate guitar melodies from another era and amazing vocals by Mr. Heuer…. An impressive tune with a “heavy” subject (loss and the difficulty to go on without your beloved).

Carved Silence” is another mid-tempo song which is featured on their “Ceremonial” digital single as well. Great melody once again. Classic “clean” goth guitars just like Love Like Blood and Garden of Delight used to play them!

Green Hour Glides” is the album’s closing track, a fine opportunity for a bit of experimentation once again. This is a pure dark wave song with an excellent bass line and Clan of Xymox-like guitars. Just Amazing!
Wrapping up this little overview of “naked until noema”, I have to say that I am thrilled that NU:N have returned in such a spectacular way. This is a band that came out of nowhere to revive the glorious days of goth rock! It’s so good to have them back.

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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Goth