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New Zero God: new video and gigs

New Zero God is back with the video of their track “Shut Up”.

“Shut Up” is taken from their latest album “Short Tales & Tall Shadows” that came out in 2016.

The video was directed and edited by singer Mike Pougounas, in the DIY spirit of the previous ones of the band, “My Reaper” and “Garden of Mazes”.

We had some good laughs while shooting the video. After all, this is what its all should be about… Having a good time and taking the message out to the world…” Mike says…

The band is playing live this coming weekend at the city of Volos and Thessaloniki.

You can catch them playing live on Friday 3 February at the Argoriders Harley Club – Volos Clubhouse.
The show is only for members, friends and supporters, doors open 22:00 and the entrance is free.

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The next day, the band will travel to Thessaloniki for a gig with Remain In Light at the Silver Dollar.
With New Zero God in a good mood, free entrance and Remain In Light playing material from their new album “Splinters In Arcadia” its satisfaction guaranteed…

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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Concerts / Performances, Goth

 

Divisionists – Daybreak (Mount Watatic 17 March 2017)

London outfit Divisionists announce debut album ‘Daybreak’, tease first single ‘Say Can You’ 

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London-based psych power pop outfit Divisionists have announced they will be releasing their debut LP ‘Daybreak’ on March 17 and present the first single ‘Say Can You’ as a teaser. This album will be released digitally and on vinyl via Mount Watatic Records.

‘Say Can You’ is a refreshing and upbeat track with hints of early Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads, Matthew Sweet and Bob Mould (including his project Sugar), albeit with softer vocals and much less feedback.

We are very excited by how well ‘Daybreak’ came together as an album. For me, I’m lucky to be in such an great band: Mark, Rob, Mike and I have fantastic synergy to explore new territory, yet also the intense (obsessive!) perseverance to “get it right”. Musicians always say a record is a labor of love — in this case, it’s really been true. We’ve put the very best of us into this recording, to create an interpersonal and cultural snapshot of blood, sweat, tears, late nights at the pub, the whole works — and we believe we’ve made something cool,” says Divisionists’ frontman Brendan Quinn.

The forthcoming album follows their debut EP “we play rock music…” (2011). Comprised of 12 tracks, this new offering features guest appearances by saxophonist Brian Idd and vocals from both Gwen Knighton and Lisa Makros.

‘Daybreak’ was recorded at Perry Vale Studios, The Mill House, and Haiku Sound, where it was also mixed. Brendan Quinn produced the album with assistance from legendary psych producer Sterling Roswell a.k.a. ROSCO (Spaceman-3, The Darkside), and Pat Collier (The Vibrators) on board as tracking engineer. The album was mastered by veteran mastering engineer Don Grossinger (The Flaming Lips, Brian Wilson, Franz Ferdinand, The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings).

Formed in 2010, the band took their name from both the Neo-Impressionist modern art movement, and one of the political factions in Beat Poet William S. Burroughs’ ‘Naked Lunch’: those who occupy ‘a midway position’ who ‘literally divide’ yet ‘live in fear of a replica revolution’.

Frontman Brendan Quinn is best known as the guitarist and vocalist for the cult psychedelic/space-rock pranksters Abunai! (regulars at the Terrastock Festival with three albums and two EPs on the Camera Obscura label).

Divisionists’ music embraces psych rock, power pop, and reimagined traditional folk ballads, all with a loud and memorable rock influence. They have shared stages with Pete “Bassman” Bain (Spaceman-3, The Darkside), Alex Monk, and Swiss garage-psych pioneers Roy and the Devil’s Motorcycle, among others. Brendan toured live as a member of the Sterling Roswell Band for their album “The Call of The Cosmos”, including their headliner spot at Andrew Weatherall’s Convenanza Festival, and has performed with a wide range of artists, including members of Swervedriver, Acid Mothers Temple, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The Perfect Disaster.

“Among the many reasons I said yes when these nutcases begged me to rejoin and record an album is just how much fun I have as part of a rhythm section with Robert. As we’ve categorised it in the past, we just hold the ship steady while Mark and Brendan get all psychedelic over the top. It’s a blast,” says Mike Whitaker (bass, piano, backing vocals).

While the ‘Daybreak’ LP will only be fully available via internet on March 17, the vinyl record is available now for pre-order via Divisionists’ Bandcamp. Pressed on 180 Gram orange vinyl, the record also includes a full-colour folded insert with artwork and lyrics.

DIVISIONISTS ARE:
Brendan Quinn – guitar, lead and backing vocals, piano, organ
Rob McGregor – drums, percussion
Mark Bennett – guitar, synths, backing vocals
Mike Whitaker – bass, piano, backing vocals

Additional performers:
Brian Idd – saxophone on All Fall Down
Gwen Knighton – backing vocals on Colours (Song for a Spaceman) & We Must Be Careful
Lisa Makros – backing vocals on Freedom

Recorded at Perry Vale Studios, The Mill House, and Haiku Sound
Mixed at Haiku Sound
Brendan Quinn – producer
Pat Collier – tracking engineer
Sterling Roswell – production assistance and drum whisperer
Don Grossinger – mastering
Cover photo by Echo Kirk
All band photos by Ian Falconer

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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Alternative

 

SPC ECO – Under My Skin (ELaB Records 10 February 2017)

SPC ECO to Release ‘Under My Skin’ EP, Features in Teen Wolf Soundtrack

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Electronic dream pop duo SPC ECO present their single ‘Under My Skin’, which also just featured in Series 6 Episode 7 of the MTV series ‘Teen Wolf’.

“It was fantastic to wake up and hear what had happened with the Teen Wolf sync. Under My Skin is very close to both mine and dad’s hearts so it couldn’t have been a better track for something like this to happen to,” says SPC ECO vocalist Rose Berlin.

SPC ECO is comprised of alternative electronic maverick producer Dean Garcia, the musical mastermind behind seminal alternative rock band Curve, and his daughter Rose Berlin.

Rose is a Sound and Light artist, having graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2013 with a first class honours degree. She experiments with the potential for sound and light to be used as atmospheric mediums, intent on bridging the gap between art and music. She has exhibited her work in various shows around London and, in 2015, was selected to showcase her work as part of the Venice Biennale. Rose is currently making artwork for a show in London.

For his whole life, Dean Garcia has been sculpting sound to create alternate-universe pop hits that simultaneously straddle several genres. Apart from a decade with SPC ECO and nearly 15 years with Curve, Garcia has also toured the world several times and recorded multiple albums with such established artists as Eurythmics, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bryan Ferry, Sinead O’Connor and Ian Dury.

On ‘Under My Skin’, Rose Berlin is at her most vulnerable and tender, expressing her lament in crooning fashion. This lustrous finely-spun SPC ECO track is so well delivered that she seemingly placates any emotional wreckage that might otherwise be felt. Beginning with the words “I’m done crying for moments I once adored”, Berlin seems to sing on a wavelength connected directly to your soul.

“There was a truly emotional earthquake between Rose and myself due to a personal ongoing issue, which left us both scarred and in tears,” explains Dean Garcia. “One hour later to mend us both, I asked her if she would like to sing on the sad piano song again and she sang what you hear on the track. Driven to tears once again but for the polar opposite reasons this song is the epitome of the unquestionable love and bond that only occurs between family.”

Unquestionably one of the most prolific bands today, SPC ECO (pronounced Space Echo) are currently on a roll. Over the past year, they have released ‘Dark Matter’ and ‘Anomalies’ on Saint Marie Records, both to critical acclaim, in addition to two albums released through Dean’s side projects S T F U (with Preston Maddox of Bloody Knives) and M A D (with Monty from The Jesus & Mary Chain).

The video for ‘Under My Skin’, created by Harry Kite Garcia, was filmed on Hornsey Lane Bridge – otherwise known as Suicide Bridge.

‘Under My Skin’ was originally released on the album ‘Dark Matter’, which is available digitally, on CD and vinyl through Saint Marie Records. This EP also features ‘Found’ and ‘Meteor’, several other haunting, minimalist tracks that are nothing short of breathtaking. This EP is being made available via SPC ECO’s Bandcamp at http://spceco.bandcamp.com. The duo is currently recording a new album, which is due out this summer.

TRACK LIST

1. Under My Skin   04:05
2. Meteor   04:19
3. Creep In The Shadows   04:28
4. Let It Be Always   03:22
5. Found   04:59
CREDITS
Produced, recorded and mixed by Dean Garcia at the ELaB UK
Written by Rose Berlin and Dean Garcia
Rose Berlin – Voice and Words
Dean Garcia – Music – Bass Drums Keys and Programming

Jarek Leskiewicz – Drone on ‘Found’

Video produced and filmed by HKG

Special thanks to Teen Wolf and MTV
Dedicated to Junior Beare
LYRICS – UNDER MY SKIN
I’m just trying for
What’s the point in it all
Where you fighting your battles
Are you on my side
I’m done crying for moments I once adored
Why is all this in pieces can’t you let it lie
Leave love alone
Water under my skin
We are a long way from home
Water under
In every step and all your work you’ve made
I knew you’d take it back all along say the words I don’t want to feel
In every step and all your work you’ve made
Leave it I can’t bare sleeping alone
Leave love alone
Water under my skin
Looked for a long time
For me
I guess it’s all a memory
I lost a bet, a bet
Here
All I fear is
Dying
Alone alone

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Posted by on January 24, 2017 in Alternative

 

Anima Triste – Anima Triste

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by Nick Drivas

Tracklist:

  1. Believe In Nothing
  2. All Of You
  3. Idiocracy
  4. Dirt
  5. Misery
  6. You Don’t Belong To The Stars
  7. The Last Days Of Our Youth
  8. Obliviate
  9. When Nightmares Are Most Alive
  10. Anima Triste

Release Date: October 2016

Click HERE for band page

Anima Triste are a darkwave post-punk band from Athens. They started out in 2014 and have been gigging around quite a bit. In October 2016 they managed to put out their debut album “Anima Triste“. By listening to their first full length effort you are confronted by their sheer force. What you get is a powerful outfit that has an immense sound. We’re talking about a band that has managed to put all their influences together and still keeping a fresh sound. The darkwave post-punk elements of their music, together with their dramatic theatrical flair, is what one can say is their trademark.

The opener “Believe In Nothing” features Mad Sad’s (vox) theatrical approach in the way he delivers the vocals. On “All Of You“, a track that can be considered a single since it has an official video made for it (see below), we start to get struck by Grego’s great guitar work. Here we see the band move in more coldwave areas which they adopt nicely into their sound. “Idiocracy” that follows is becoming something of a favorite. I was lucky to see them preform live in December when they were one of the supporting bands for the Garden Of Delight 25th Anniversary show. They blew the crowd away with a fantastic performance. They managed to deliver on stage the sound of the album perfectly, or on second thought, I think they managed to capture their live sound in the studio! The rhythm section, consisting of Jimmi C (drums) and Gus Black (bass) are a great duet together. Just right for an outfit that lurks in the darkwave post-punk genre. The brooding basslines in general really give the whole album its characteristic tone.

Tracks like “Dirt“, “You Don’t Belong To The Stars” and “The Last Days Of Our Youth” show a more punkier side of the band, whereas on slower tracks like “Misery” and “Obliviate” that feature Panos Tsekouras on theremin (giving an extra eerie feel to the atmosphere), we find the bands darker side. Melodic melancholy one can say, where you can hear loved elements from the past like those by the masters of the kind, The Cure, but delivered in a modern way sounding a bit like French coldwave band Soror Dolorosa. The album ends with “When Nightmares Are Most Alive” that sums up band’s sound climaxing with the eponymous “Anima Triste“. Thumping tribal drums, dark melodic guitar riffs and on the top of it all Mad Sad’s passionate vocal.

Its difficult nowadays to find a four piece guitar driven band that can offer something fresh at a time when anything post-punk has been revisited especially by those of a more minimal (synth driven) direction. Anima Triste manage this, and on record and on stage, with an album that seems to grow on you every time you listen to it.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Post Punk

 

Equinox – Goodbye (3 February 2017)

British spoken word artist Equinox releases dark ambient single with Dementio13 

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British spoken word artist Equinox will be releasing ‘Goodbye’, a new dark ambient single with freaky electronic crafter Dementio13, who is renowned for his ambient, drum n bass and krautrock influenced work. This collaborative single is sure to please fans of Neu!, Anne Clark, Delia Derbyshire, Coil, John Cooper-Clarke and Throbbing Gristle. 
Equinox explains: “It’s about true love. One that you feel will never fade. One that will last for all time. Your lover is your best friend and will never leave your side. Then, the dark side of my poetry appears – the depression that has followed me all my adult life. All alone after the split. All is lost. Life descends into darkness. All is lost.”
When William Blake penned his often recited poem ‘Jerusalem’ about the North West of England (more specifically East Lancashire), he could almost have been unwittingly setting the scene for the work of Equinox.  Those ‘dark Satanic mills’ are practically a metaphor for the depression that is prevalent within the poetry and the ‘mental fight’ that has virtually become a daily battle.
The poetry of Equinox takes no prisoners, with subject matter ranging from male suicide to prostitution, but with equal amounts of undying love and devotion. But Equinox isn’t just about poems, but instead stands to break down some misconceptions about the spoken word genre. This artist is already working on his debut album ‘It’s Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full of Sin’, which is planned for release in late spring 2017 and will involve numerous key musical influencers he’s met over the last few years.
Dementio13 is a Cardiff-based producer, who makes music which has been variously described as ‘ambient acide’, ‘electronic post-rock’ and cinematic with Krautrock-influenced drones.
“I received the vocal lines from Equinox and figured that, through repetition, the words would grow in weight as the song went on,” explains Dementio13 (real name Paul). “Then it was a case of building a track that gradually grows with it. Something sombre and evocative that reflected the feeling of regret in the poem.”
Earlier, Equinox collaborated with Welsh outfit Radio Europa on ‘Josephine’ (from their ‘tYDbXx’ album), which led to several guest appearances at their shows. He co-wrote and performed ‘Scream’ with yet another Welsh D.I.Y. lo-fi artist, named Pulco. This same track also features on the recent #MoreInCommon compilation to raise awareness for the ‘Hope Not Hate’ campaign, along with contributions by Chris & Cosey, deux furieuses, The Membranes, Ani Glas, Conformist, and separate tracks from Pulco and Radio Europa. Triggered to action by the senseless death of Jo Cox MP during the EU Referendum campaign, this compilation goes to show that, however diverse artists may be, they all share a common goal of peace and tolerance.
LYRICS
So, is this goodbye to a friend?
A friendship we thought would not end.
Is this the start of where we drift apart?
Into loneliness now we descend.
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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Alternative

 

Joel Gion – Tomorrow (27 January 2017)

Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) Releases ‘Tomorrow’ Single

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Joel Gion is releasing his new singleTomorrowand it is the psych rock tune we all need to welcome 2017 Perhaps best known for his long and strange career as the legendary ‘Tambourine Man’ with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, in recent years, this percussionist has also emerged as a singer-songwriter in his own right. He has released various singles, as well as the well-received full length album Apple Bonkers.

‘Tomorrow’ is being released ahead of Gion’s forthcoming sophomore album, which should be released in early spring 2017. A reflection on the much maligned year that was 2016, this is an exclusive, non-album track available as a digital single on iTunes and various streaming platforms.

“I wrote and recorded it earlier this year while the Democratic party campaigns were the big topic… So the tune does some BS-calling out of the rising classism in the USA and at the same time sending a message out to not let things get you down too hard – but then nobody in the free-thinking world have ever dreamed things would wind up going this far south in the end,” says Joel Gion. “Still, having said that, this is the only life you have, so you have to enjoy it no matter how stupid things get, ‘cause we always have each other and you always have yourself.”

The upcoming album was recorded in separate phases between legs of the 2016 Brian Jonestown Massacre world tour. The sessions involved fellow BJM members Collin Hegna, Dan Allaire, Ryan Van Kriedt, and Robert Campanella, as well as other various friends from around the modern psych and indie scene.

Joel Gion explains: “I’m just about done with a new record, so that’s next; also working on a book, and there is always Brian Jonestown Massacre tours, which are so much fun these days. We have a such a blast out there and the people coming to the shows are just so cool on the whole. I’ve got most of the BJM boys on my record as well, along with some other groovy friends from the music scene.”

This time around, Gion has added in soul jazz, tropicalia, and Italio soundtrack sonics to the album’s mix, making for a deeper dive into a world that sounds all his own. Until then, we have ‘Tomorrow’, tipping us off that it’s time to pull ourselves up by our boot straps in a world that seems to be going mad before our very eyes.

CREDITS

Joel Gion: vocal, rhythm guitars, maracas, tambourine

Collin Hegna: bass, guitar, backing vocals

Paul Dillon: guitars

Brian Gardner: drums

Written by Joel Gion. Produced and mixed by Collin Hegna at Revolver Studios. Photography support from Alex Hurst.

 

LYRICS

Don’t need a high place in a lowdown world

I’ll keep moving on

Where I can be myself and here’s something else

I’m doing nothing wrong

Seems everything is brought to extremes

Just to keep people runnin around

 

Nothing is here to stay

So I’m gonna get down every single day

Pick up what I’m putting down

 

Don’t want an “in” where anybody’s left out

What is that all about?

No prospect babies and swindled old ladies

Tomorrow’s full of doubt

The harder the grind, the brighter we shine

So go ahead and bring it on

 

Nothing is here to stay

So I’m gonna get down every single day

Pick up what I’m putting down

 

Don’t need to tell me nothing’s for free

What you want ain’t what I want

Changes to come and when they are done

These patterns won’t be playing on

 

Nothing is here to stay

So I’m gonna get down every single day

Pick up what I’m putting down

 

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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Alternative

 

Electric Floor – Bluedive (Vipchoyo Sound Factory – 6 March 2017)

 Electric Floor Signs to Viphchoyo Sound Factory, Announces New Single

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New wave synth-gaze outfit Electric Floor have announced they will release their forthcoming ‘Fader’ EP in March via the Vipchoyo Sound Factory label. The Italian trio now presents ‘Bluedive’, the first single from this album, which exhibits clear underpinnings from Psychedelic Furs, Echo & The Bunnymen and Modern English and will appeal to fans of Interpol, Kasabian and The Wombats.

“Bluedive is like a surge – it was born during a bad period for us. Initially it was only messy ideas, but we gradually gave it form. The lyrics are suspended between romance and sadness, anger and exhortation,” explains Emanuele Chiarelli. “Just like the other songs, our lyrics in this one are very emotional and tidal.”

This Cosenza-based trio is comprised of Emanuele Chiarelli (vocals/ guitar), Simone Costantino De Luca (programming/ keys), and Fabio Cosentino (bass). Formed in 2009, the band’s concept is based on emotive feelings.
‘Fader’ will be their third album, following up the self-produced albums ‘300’ and ‘Falsità reali’ and singles ‘Your Blue’ and ‘My Bloody G’. On this latest release, the band is geared more towards an electronic sound.
The latest few singles have brought them increased press and radio coverage in numerous countries, but ‘Fader’ will likely see this attention explode due to the virtually melting pot of synthpop, shoegaze, chillwave and electrogaze presented here. “This selection of songs features tracks closely linked to each other with a common denominator in that they dive into our conscience,” explains Emanuele Chiarelli.
Simone Costantino De Luca, who handles programming and keys in Electric Floor, comments: “Everything starts from sound suggestion. Our biggest strength is setting the mood and our lyrics give it meaning. This EP is the result of a dialogue amongst ourselves. Every song on the forthcoming EP was written during the same period and we think this is a dead romantic album, after all.”

The ‘Fader’ EP will be available on CD via Vipchoyo Sound Factory, as well as on digital download and streaming platforms.

CREDITS 

Emanuele Chiarelli – Vocals and Guitar
Simone Costantino De Luca – Programming and Keys
Fabio Cosentino – Bass
Alberto La Riccia – Engineering, recording, mixing, mastering
Piero Nudo – Artwork
Mauro Nigro, N2 Video Productions – Bluedive video production
Recorded and mixed at Echo Mobile Studio
All photos by Debora Chiarelli
Thanks to Vipchoyo Sound Factory Label and our friends Stella Diana

LYRICS

Take your bright blue hearth tonight
And please ask me what I need
I need to walk away
I need to walk away
Now I have no reason
No reason to get back
If you want to run, Run a mile
Take the dream
That you hiding tonight
If you want to run, Run a mile
Too much is not enough
Oh now I can’t be sure of enything
Let me see if it’s so cruel
If I feel so blind
If I feel so blind
You’re gonna tell me when
The daylight will rise
If you want to run, Run a mile
Take the dream
That you’re hiding tonight
If you want to run, Run a mile
Too much is not enough
Keep up with Electric Floor

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photo by Debora Chiarelli

photo by Debora Chiarelli

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2017 in New Wave / Dark Wave