Nova Flares announces intense yet dreamy debut single ‘Gut Splinter’
Nova Flares announces intense yet dreamy debut single ‘Gut Splinter’
At the end of DEEP IMAGINATION’s “Carefully Kept Secrets” is the atmospheric “Underneath The Waves“.
It is the only instrumental on the album.
With long, wave-shaped synthesizer sounds and pianos that sound almost as if under water, Thorsten Sudler-Mainz creates a dream-like atmosphere to which saxophonist Stefan Höllering sets fascinating, deep-sounding notes with jazzy tones.
And with the gong dipped in water, elements such as metal and water are literally melted together musically.
The new EP by DEEP IMAGINATION will be released on March 9th 2018
On the album “Carefully Kept Secrets” appeared the 17-minutes long track “Wings To Fly“.
In the press and radio the song was widely praised as the soul of the work.
With the EP “Wings To Fly”, DEEP IMAGINATION will release the single version of the popular longtrack.
Like all releases by DEEP IMAGINATION, the new 4-track EP will be released on the renowned German label BSC Music/Prudence.
(by Fondas Sumerson)
Being a big Goth Rock fan for over 20 years, I was mostly addicted to the European scene, mainly UK, German and Swedish acts.
American bands -also dear to me- always represented the “lighter” and more romantic/atmospheric side of Goth (London After Midnight, The Last Dance, Faith & the Muse, Autumn, Lycia to name but a few ), apart from The Wake, who always were a category by themselves and one of my all time favourite goth bands. This would change ten years ago, when a band from Maryland came to “stir the waters” and prove that the US goth rock scene has a harder, more aggressive (and still melodious) side!
We are talking about the mighty “The Drowning Season“. The band is around since 2000 and has released 3 full length albums and 3 Eps so far. They now return in 2018 with a new 3-track Ep called “at war with Heaven” and a brand new lineup.
Matt, the founder and mastermind of the band has recruited a very talented guitarist (Jason) who shared the same vision with him for this band.
Together they composed 2 new songs, influenced mainly from the UK goth scene of the 90’s and bands like “Rosetta Stone“, and the Germans “The Merry Thoughts” and “Still Patient?” , as well as the raw sound of NFD or Fields of the Nephilim (mainly in the vocals). They use a powerful rythmic drum muchine that took me back to the glorious old days and old-school goth rock guitar riffs from the 90’s that i’ve missed so much! You can dance to their songs, bang your head to them or just let their beautiful, almost epic, melodies carry you away. These songs are full of emotions and are a great treat for those of us who like their goth music, spelled with a G capital, if you know what I mean…
Last but not least, in this Ep you can find a new edition of their all time classic “Hollow” in a version with extra layers of keyboards and a new more aggressive vocal approach by Matt. It sounds so fresh and yet traditional goth rock at the same time! What more could a goth rock fan ask?
Concluding I would like to thanks these guys for hanging around all these years and for staying faithful to their values and their beloved music genre, without compromising.
Long Live Goth Rock …Long Live THE DROWNING SEASON!
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Originally formed in Birmingham by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy in 1978 as an art school band, Duffy left Duran Duran in early 1979. After TV Eye vocalist Andy Wickett left that band, Stephen Duffy took his place. Soon afterwards, Andy was enlisted by Nick Rhodes and John Taylor to front Duran Duran.According to Andy Taylor’s autobiography, Andy Wickett had a major part in the writing of ‘Girls on Film’ during his tenure with the band. Wicket explains that, unlike the sexy imagery depicted in the video for this song, the lyrics were actually inspired by the lives of the stars of old black and white movies.
“It is important for people to understand the true origins of the song ‘Girls on Film’ and to hear the edgy sound that Duran Duran had in the beginning,” says Andy Wickett. “This song was inspired by the dark side of the glitz and glamour, where these perfect idols suffered tragedy and addiction. The film ‘Sunset Boulevard’ was also a big influence with its tale of a fading movie star.”
Andy Taylor confirms that Wickett co-wrote an early version of the song that eventually came to be known as ‘Rio’. Indeed, ‘See Me Repeat Me’ was taken from ‘Stevie’s Radio Station’, a song written by TV Eye when Wickett was their vocalist. A favourite of Nick and John, it was incorporated into Duran Duran live sets during Wickett’s tenure.
Duran Duran eventually released ‘Girls on Film’ in July 1981 and it became a Top 10 breakthrough in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at Number 5 that month. The song ‘Rio’ was released worldwide in October 1982 and became a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #9 in December 1982.
Since these early days in his career, Andy Wickett has come to be known as one of the finest performers and songwriters in the Midlands, having gone on to also front The Xpertz and World Service. Apart from playing arenas and venues around the world, Andy has also produced videos for and co-written albums with world renowned artists such as Nusrat Ali Fateh Khan, Malkit Singh, Stereo Nation, Taz and DCS. Over the years, he’s supported The Clash, U2, Culture Club, Burning Spear, Orange Juice, in addition to opening on UK tours with Duran Duran and Gregory Isaacs.
Andy Wickett & World Service have also just released a full-length album ‘Creatures of Love’ digitally via Cleopatra Records, which will be officially released on CD on March 9, 2017 on that same label.
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XTC’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers present TC&I ‘Great Aspirations’ EP
On this debut offering as TC&I, Moulding and Chambers put their XTC history behind them to create some truly original music. Not only is this a new start, but also a thing apart from their musical past. This is also the first new material from Moulding in many years.
“I thought I’ve got to do something, you can’t just sit around and eat chocolate cake and then you get the inkling that you should start writing again and you start meddling and the next thing you know Terry’s on the door step,” says Colin Moulding.
Terry Chambers adds, “You’re only here once in your life and this felt a bit like unfinished business. When I left XTC it wasn’t the greatest set of circumstances and you can’t go through your life thinking ‘what if?’ so when Colin offered the opportunity I thought, yes lets do this again.”
The EP delivers XTC’s trademark qualities of melody, rhythm, variety, and idiosyncratic subject matter, mixed in with nostalgia fuelled by an understated political anger. In following with his songwriting history to date, Moulding shows an appreciation of the good things, such as friendship, landscape and longing. Here he again reminds us of what we stand to lose in the name of progress, looking at the rapidly changing world around him.The piano-charged lead track ‘Scatter Me’ explores mortality and the inevitability of returning to the mere building blocks of the universe while still remaining part of the landscape you spent your life in. The underlying message of the song is underlined by a tasteful video by Laima Bite. “When you get to 62 there’s melancholy all around and you have to try and beat it away with a stick. I think it is sort of a bitter sweet sensation, tinged with sadness but also upbeat as well,” says Moulding.
‘Comrades of Pop’ conveys words of warning to young musicians, while the more rocking ‘Kenny’ regrets children losing their playgrounds to urban development. On ‘Greatness’, Moulding fearlessly reveals still-burning apirations to reach the heights of Churchill, Hitchcock, Spielberg, Gershwin and McCartney.
Released at the end of 2017, ‘Great Aspirations’ is available exclusively through Pledge Music and Burning Shed. Fans can choose between signed and unsigned copies on CD. Fans can expect a new video for ‘Greatness’ in the near future.
Featuring such notable musicians as Joey Burns, co-founder of Calexico, Dustin Boyer (John Cale) and Theo Welch (Barry White), Sweet Birds Of Youth is the debut solo album of Richard James Simpson, formerly lead guitarist and vocalist for the band Teardrain (which included bass player and co-songwriter Jill Emery of such bands as Hole, Mazzy Star and Super Heroines); and bassist for Invisible Chains (featuring musician Carla Bozulich).
Sweet Birds of Youth has been described as a collection of songs that range from sexy and gritty to dreamy and reflective.
A very rich and complex sonic palette unfolds in the 18 songs, with an experimental and soulful sound reminiscent of such artist as Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Pixies, Soundgarden and many others.
Simpson proves to be capable of re-metabolizing such a wide range of in fluences into a consistent personal musical gestalt.
Formerly credited as Richard James, Richard James Simpson is the brother of the late Rock Halsey from the infamous L.A. punk band Rock Bottom and The Spys (which included Ygarr Ygarrist of Zolar X) and son of actress Renate Huy.
The album was mastered by punk icon Geza X (producer: Meredith Brooks, The Germs, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, etc.).
Boyer – who co-produced, played multiple instruments, and engineered several songs on the album – is a veteran of the L.A. music scene.
He is a member of Descanso, and appeared on Macy Gray’s The Id album. He also toured with, and plays lead guitar for, John Cale.
Boyer, a longtime collaborator of the Welsh musician, appeared on Cale’s 2012 release Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood.
Welch has performed and recorded with a variety of musical acts, including Barry White and Evelyn “Champagne” King.
Joey Burns, of Calexico fame, makes an appearance on the album. He plays hauntingly beautiful cello on the track “You” and contributes to the rich ensemble of vocal harmonies.
For the first time in 20 years, The Flowers Of Romance are back as New Zero God take the stage in tribute to one of the great underground bands whose songs have stood the mighty test of time.
There’ll be some twist-ups and shake-ups as the original songs of Mike Pougounas are brought to new life with Akis Nikolaidis, John Psimopoulos, Michalis Semertzoglou, and Babis Efthimiou working his magic behind the scenes.
Dark En Ciel main man Iraklis Anastasiadis (Tresspass, Atria, GAD) and the electronic duet Incirrina ( George Katsanos and Irene Tiniakou) will join New Zero God on stage for a number of tunes.
Big Sleep Acoustic (aka Stefan Schwerdtfeger) will open at 9.30 PM.
Doors open at 21:00
Full details at the event page