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Horror Vacui – In Darkness you will Feel Alright

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Horror Vacui is a band with members from Bolognia and London. What they are really fond of is pure gothic rock and they play it better than any Anglo-italian band, if there are any. In fact, they play better than a lot of bands around, so that they should make a huge entry into Encyclopaedia Goetica.

In Darkness you will Feel Alright” is their first album and it will bring your soundsystem to its limits. That’s because they don’t spare of massive riffs and a solid rythm section which does it the punk way. Of course you’ll get the familiar flange guitar that rises up the melodies to the peak, as well as the spooky vocals by the Sheriff but at the end there is the vibes that make this album unique.

There is no particular song that would be distinguished from this album. These guys have got a special talent to make you listen from the beginning to the end. In other words, gothic you can enjoy!

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Goth, etc.

 

Girobabies – Secret Animal

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Girobabies are 100% independent with no management, no agents, no P.R and definitely no stylists…

`Social Not Working` was the debut mini-album of the band, released 15 August 2010

Full length album `Bus Stop Apocalypse` was released on 05 June 2012.

To download `Social Not Working` and `Bus Stop Apocalypse` go to http://thegirobabies.bandcamp.com/ .

They can be downloaded on a name-your-price basis and all donations will go towards recording and releasing the new album.

This is `Secret Animal` the first song off or forthcoming album and was released on July 23 2013.
enjoy!

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Music

 

Psy’Aviah releases brand new music video for ‘Letting Go’

Belgian electronic act Psy’Aviah have released a brand new animated music video for the track “Letting Go“, which is featured on the recently released EPFuture Past“. Animated and directed by Emily Weeks, you can watch the video on YouTube.

The story behind the video is tightly coupled with the song’s meaning, lyrics and atmosphere. Yves Schelpe: “We chose to use a limited color palette: 3 colors, being black, white and red – and no extra decoration or background. It’s plain, basic, all of this to put extra focus on the story and the emotions.”

Or as Director Emily Weeks puts it: “The main character, Valerie, is depicted in a story that takes place in the 1940s. Valerie’s hair is a reflection of her interior psychological state. She suffers a traumatic event, after which her hair becomes wild – with pieces flying out erratically. Finally she becomes a nun because she just can’t cope with the unpleasant memories and thoughts. To become a nun, she must cut her hair. In becoming a nun she is completely trying to deny and become detached from her past, a desperate act, the success of which is questionable.”

The band’s recently released EP “Future Past” is by many considered as the band’s best material ever. Add to that a wide variety of well picked out remixes and you have the recipe for success. Made In Belgium is again a well deserved and coveted stamp!

Enjoy this animated pearl right here.

The “Future Past” EP is out now on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon MP3, Spotify and many other download stores and streaming platforms.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Dance

 

Don Campau – Just Passing Through

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Don Campau holds a very special place in the underground scene.

He is a musician since 1969, he is a radio host since the early 80’s and he is mentioned in wikipedia as one of the hundreds of American artists who “…recorded numerous albums available only on cassette throughout the late ’80s and well into the ’90s.” (click HERE to read about the Cassette Culture)

Well, Don still composes and releases his own music on CDs. You can either download them for free or buy them from HERE.

He took part in the documentary “Grindstone Redux” (click HERE for more information) and his radioshow “No pigeonholes” is open to all musicians (click HERE to listen to his show).

All this activity got him in touch with a vast number of musicians and friends…

Last year he released the album “The Best of Don Campau Vol. 2 (2000-2009)” and now he returns with a new one, titled “Just Passing Through”.

A number of very interesting people are helping him on this album, such as Bryan Baker on drums, guitar, bass (he is best known as the publisher of GAJOOB, a little zine and website about the art of homemademusic and the people around the world making it. He also helped start Tapegerm, which is a community of artists collaborating on music by exchanging source files online.)

Barry Phillips plays the cello, mandolin and takes care of the mixing on “Secret Shoes”. (Barry has an astonishing list of releases featuring the 3-cd set “SHANKARAGAMALA – students of Ravi Shankar” that was produced by him under the direction of Ravi Shankar). Click HERE for Barry Phillips.

Arzathon (Ralf “Gypsy” Bevis) took care of the music production of the funky flavored song “Sinking Down”. (Arathon is an original and complex audio sculpted psychedelic project founded during the 80s by Ralf ‘gypsy’ Bevis, founder of Rodent Tapes. Some pieces are heavily influenced by early krautrock infectious grooves but the whole musical signature consists of audio sculpted psychedelic electronic epics covered by harmonized acid rockin dynamics. Largely improvised and dangerously lysergic sounding experience.)

Robin O’Brien is doing the back vocals on “Prepare This Heart (For Reaping)” (you can read about her solo album “The Apple in ManHERE).

Robin has a new album too. We will write about it one of the next day…

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information about Greg Gray, Joe Menichetti, Al Scheller and Chris Campau.

“Just Passing Through” starts with the punk rock track “I’m Here” (Campau featured it on his last album too) and closes with the ambient track “Just Passing Through” and its romantic lyrics.
In between there are 12 hard rock and electronica songs as well as jazz ballads.
The album is professionally mastered with handmade, handstamped covers.

I believe this is Don Campau’s best release.

Click HERE for this album or click HERE to visit Don’s bandcamp.

 

Stereo Juggernaut – Disco Smack

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Stereo Juggernaut are three Londoners whose aim is to disturb your ears as well as your consideration about music. First, you must bypass the Daft Punky cover; there is no option for glossy beats and vocoders. Stereo Juggernaut are playing the drums, the guitars and the keyboards.

Then you have the content. So you think you can come to a conclusion after listening to “Defeated by the Sea” about another industrial band which sticks raw riffs on obsessive keyboards.

Next is “Sign in and Out” which could indeed come out from HIM’s playlist but not. This band is not made to decorate teen girls’ rooms.

December Came” starts as a dark winter theme and develops to a nu metal piece, enough to make Linkin Park jealus.

Fallen” sounds like the blues played by andorids with vocals that penetrate your speakers, “In the Night” recalls the NWOBHM and finally “Fade Away” is a tearful ballad, perfect for Saturday night lonely strolls.

Confused eh? Well, that is what Stereo Juggernaut had in mind when making “Disco Smack“. And that is what makes them special.

You can download the album HERE

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Soror Dolorosa – No More Heroes

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Soror Dolorosa is a post-punk band from France that was formed in 2001.

Their debut EP was titled “Severance” (2009) and their first full length album followed under the title “Blind Scenes” (2011).

No More Heroes” is their new album, released in 2013.
According to them, “In a glance to the Strangler’s No More Heroes’ album out in 1977, Soror Dolorosa gave this title to this release because of a certain detail appearing on the photo session Andy Julia (Vocals) made for the cover Art, where a badge with No More Heroes appears on an old leather jacket…

The album opens with an excellent post-punk track titled “Silver Square”.
“Silver Square” is a song that could be written in the early 80’s although the powerful chorus brings us to the 00’s thanks to the distorted guitars of Nicolas Mons.
This is one of the best tracks of the album.

Sound & Death” confused me a little as the guitar work reminded me of Chris Isaak’s sound on “Wicked Game”. There is a touch of Americana here. It’s a nice ballad with Andy Julia singing with passion every single word.

In the same mood and with a well crafter dreamy guitar is “Dany” that follows.
The guitar melodies work very well with the vocals creating a soundscape of pain and desertation.

Figure Of The Night” present us with the Gothic Rock side of the band.
As the song progresses, it becomes obvious that Soror Dolorosa are mostly interested in melodies that would help the vocals show.
This is a band that uses the guitars and the vocals as a lethal weapon while drummer Frank Ligabue and bassist Hervé Carles are staying behind, providing the basics.

Hologram” is the best example. A down tempo, a lament and an aggressive guitar that bites likes a snake at places.

Motherland” comes to drag out the listener from the darkness of “Hologram” and bring things to light.
It works perfectly as if it was following any other song it wouldn’t have the effect it has now.

A psychedelic beginning and down to the “Wormhole” we go.
Dreamy guitars, mid tempo, far away from Gothic Rock and post-punk, the band experiments with different music genres.

A powerful song follows, titled “A Dead Yesterday” that mixes 90’s melodies with 80’s bass lines and a nice guitar solo played with bottle neck.

The track “Exodus” closes the album.

“No More Heroes” proves that Soror Dolorosa can’t be pigeonholed.
This is a band that is constantly experimenting with different rock genres and one should listen to them with open ears and mind.

Follow them HERE

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2013 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

An interview with Martin Bowes

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Attrition return with a new album titled “The Unraveller Of Angels” (read HERE for more)
and are back on the road. We had the pleasure of asking Martin Bowes a few questions about
the album, the past and future plans.

1980 – 2013. You have been active for 33 years. From post punk to the internet era. How much did the changes affect the music world Attrition?

I get asked this a lot these days!… and i always say the same…of course…on the surface a lot has changed… technology in particular has totally changed things… the way we work… from writing to recording to production and mastering…and even cover designs… its all much more possible and affordable….and then how we promote and distribute our work that’s all changed too with the internet…. i really can’t imagine now how i used to organise tours in europe in the 80’s… writing letters to booking agents and saving up to call them from a phone box!….

so that’s all changed and is mostly positive… but… whats stayed the same are the skills you need and the amount of work you need to put in… and having the software does not mean you have the ability or time or energy to do everything… its no good making it all yourself if you don’t really know how to do it… well it is..we can do whatever the hell we want to….but maybe its not something anyone else wants to hear… and throwing a song out on iTunes and getting 13 likes on facebook does not make a promotional campaign… in those ways nothing has changed….

ATTRITION - The unraveller of angels CD coverFor “The Unraveller of Angels”, the latest Attrition album, you teamed up with US singer Tylean on vocals. How did this cooperation come about?

I came into contact with Tylean a few years ago through a mutual friend… and liked what she did… so i asked her if she’d like to perform in the live line up…and we did the UK and WGT in Leipzig and a Canadian tour… then had a little break…and i was bringing in guests for the “Unraveller of Angels” and she joined me again on vocals…. and i am very glad she did…she did an amazing job !

Guessing that you spend a lot of hours in The Cage Studios and apart from working on your own albums, what excites you the most when producing other artists’ music? How many albums have you produced so far?

Oh god i cant remember how many album’s i’ve produced so far… a good many… and a lot of remixes and mastering too… keeps things varied… i love working on other artists music..especially when i get free reign on the musical ideas…or at least a fair amount of freedom… which doesn’t happen all the time… and i learn from them too… which is how it should be… i used to teach music technology part of the time but now that’s rare and the studio is my full time thing… my “proper job” if you like…(even though i never wanted one!…)

i recently put out a free downloadable compilation of my work in my studio…to celebrate the first 20 years…. if you would like to listen to it…click HERE

What is the story behind “The Unraveller of Angels”? What inspired you and how long did it take to finish it?

I took about 4 years over “the Unraveller…” which was quite some time… after all the albums i made i decided i wasn’t going to rush this one… and i didn’t…although i was also distracted by my other studio work…and spent a while writing our first full length film score last year too…”Invocation“… i think that slow growth helped “the Unraveller…”…i had time to take the ideas further than i had done on previous albums…

Like all the albums i’ve made they are inspired by my life and my experience of everything around me… social, political, emotional… they are very often like audio photo albums of the times they were made when i look back at them… “The Unraveller of Angels” refers to that search for beauty and love and purity and the attempt to set it free from that binds it… something i think we all do…

You also do soundtracks for movies. How did this come up? Is it because you like watching movies in general? If so, which are your favorite ones?

I’d done some short film scores before and had my music used in a lot of independent films…but the first full length film score was last years “Invocation”…i wrote with my wife Kerri… it was a challenge… quite scary to start with an 85 minute long blank canvas to fill…. but we did it… and i am very proud of it…. it was released on CD last November through Russian label Infinite Fog…

I do like films…its often a welcome change to music all day to watch a film… and i love horror films… well ones that challenge me… and Zombie films i cant get enough of….and surreal and dark TV series and movies… the original Prisoner series from the 60’s is incredible…and David Lynch is one of my favourite directors… and comedy… i started on Monty Python when i was a kid..staying up late to watch the series with my dad in the 70’s…. not a bad start to life…

Attrition played in most of the countries of the western world. How different is the feeling of recording in the studio and playing live in front of an audience? Which gig of yours will stay with you for the rest of your life?

I love recording as much as performing live…they are totally different experiences…one is more internal and intellectual… one is the taking what you have found and created out to the world… for all the good and bad in that…. its hard work on the road…but the rewards are so worth it…the experience…the people…the places… most of my best friends i have met on tour…

i remember most of the shows…. i have a good memory like that… and there’s a thousand stories to tell… i wont name any one in particular…they all mean a lot in different ways…

Which artists influenced you?

so many…. musically it started with Bowie and the Velvets and Roxy Music… then punk came along and that really changed my life…. Pistols and Clash and Crass and Wire and TV Smith… so many… then post punk ..PIL and Magazine and i don’t even need to mention Joy Division do i….and then the electronics… Kraftwerk…early Human LeagueCabaret Voltaire… and then i looked back at classical music and early Dylan and rock n roll…. Cash to Presley to Holly… oh thats enough of a shopping list

You have a number of great guest musicians on “The Unraveller of Angels”. What made you chose them? (Some ask for the help of friends, some just go directly to the ones that would play the right thing for an album…some other times you just listen to someone playing and you want to work with him…)

Well as i worked on songs i would be talking to friends…and a lot of my friends are musicians…so it just came about…i’d ask them to try something…it didn’t work with everyone… i am really pleased to have Mona Mur on guest vocals on the “Karma Mechanic” and Anni Hogan on piano on some songs (she’s worked with Marc Almond and Nick Cave in the past)…and Matt Howden on violin… and Erica Unwoman on cello…and Jyri and Joanna on violins and Ian Arkley from the amazing doom metal band My Silent Wake on guitar… i was lucky to have them involved,…they added so much to my musical ramblings…

What is next for Attrition? I know you’re currently working with filmmakers on a documentary and music videos to accompany “The Unraveller of Angels”, and you plan on touring Europe, North and South America, and New Zealand…

Always something coming…. there is a documentary being made with french film maker Daniel Gouyette… it will take a year or so to complete…there are interviews with other bands and labels to include in it……it will be worth it!…. and he is also completed 4 music videos we did the filming for… more short films…we plan a special DVD release for these…

and then here i am working on the first release for a side project..Engram… and various Attrition rarities…including the recording of our first ever show in decemeber 1980… totally unreleased songs… i think its about time they see the light of day in all their rawness…

Live we started touring for the “unraveller..” in Greece/UK and Canada so far this year and plan the USA/Germany/Chile/Brazil and other European shows soonish… then there’s new material i have only just started on….

Its busier than ever here… and its a damn fine way to be

Thank you for the interview Tribe4mian

here is the link to listen to “The Unraveller of Angels

Martin Bowes. Coventry. England. 2013

www.attrition.co.uk
www.facebook.com/ATTRITIONMUSIC
http://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/user/attrition
www.thecagestudios.co.uk

Thank you very much for this interview Martin…

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Goth, etc., Interviews