Yes, Germany especially, is the womb of new gothic rock acts. No suprise then that Passion Play are coming from the picteresque city of Berlin. But be prepared not to listen to neo-classic melodies or eerie vocals on clouds of dark matter. And that because Passion Play are a modern alternative band, able to distinguish their influences and add them prudently into their musical blender.
Those influences do back to The Mission, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Pulp and many more, even some basslines can be accidentally taken as Peter Hook’s, as recorded from 1998 to 2006. Normally you would expect a lot of nostalgia, yet “The Final Act” sounds fresh and beautiful, a collection of nice songs such as the melancholic “Sight for Sore Eyes“, the melodic “Falling Upwards” or the furious “Get What You Ask for“.
Note: “Saints”, “Name No Names” and “Drift” were originally released as the “Name No Names” ep.
“Sight of Sore Eyes”, “Falling Upwards”, “The Lesser One” and “Down to You” for the “Stress Fractures” lp, 1999.
You can buy the album HERE