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Holygram – Modern Cults (Cleopatra Records 9 November 2018)

Holygram announces debut ‘Modern Cults’ album. Stream first single ‘Signals’

German post-punk shoegaze outfit HOLYGRAM has announced their long-awaited debut LP ‘Modern Cults’. Comprised of eleven tracks, this album will be released on CD and double vinyl, as well as digitally via Cleopatra Records, on October 19.

This is the first major release for the Cologne-based outfit since their 2016 self-titled EP. Here, the collective blend new wave and Krautrock with post-punk and shoegaze to achieve headstrong multi-layered bliss. This is a thoroughly contemporary homage to the sound of the ’80s with a resolute look to the future – the result is driving, dark and catchy.

Produced by Maurizio Baggio, who also produced The Soft Moon’s ‘Deeper’ and ‘Criminal’ albums, this long-play was recorded at Cologne’s Amen Studios.

HOLYGRAM is Patrick Blümel (vocals), Sebastian Heer (drums), Marius Lansing (guitars), Pilo Lenger (synthesizers) and Bennett Reimann (bass). Formed in 2015, the band’s approach to making music references the past, while remaining future-oriented. Hard-to-combine elements cleverly come together to become the soundtrack of a city that appears threatening in the twilight.

The new album intensifies HOLYGRAM‘s contemplation of themes such as big cities, alienation and anonymity, hope and memories, love and identity. These reflections interact closely with the band’s unmistakable signature sound. Atmosphere oscillates between the brutal sounds of the big city and the fragility of the people that lose themselves in it – intelligently observed scenarios of a world falling apart in which individuals have long ceased to play a leading role.

The lead track ‘Signals’ is cloaked in a new-wave guise that belies an emotionally torn lyric, elevating the deeply melancholy chorus (“Sometimes when I close my eyes I see you walk away / And everytime the sun comes up the feeling is the same”) to a pop-like anthem, illustrating that in this world people are only cogs in a much bigger, increasingly autonomous machine.

The band recently accompanied British synthpop legends OMD on their 2017 European tour and have played numerous festivals, including Mailfeld Derby, Wave-Gotik-Treffen and New Waves Day. Wrapping themselves in dense wafts of mist and cool lighting on stage, they’ve made quite a name for themselves on the live circuit.

As of November 9, the ‘Modern Cults’ LP will be available everywhere, but can already be ordered via Cleopatra Records on CD and vinyl, and also digitally via Bandcamp. The album will be released in Europe via Oblivion / SPV.

HOLYGRAM will be touring Europe and US/Canada this fall with one of the biggest electronic bands on the planet, VNV Nation, as well as DE/VISION for the North American tour. They will hold two release shows – the first, in Cologne on Nov. 9, marks the end of their European tour, while the Los Angeles release show on Nov. 14 (at The Viper Room) kicks off their North American tour.

TRACK LIST
1. Into The Void
2. Modern Cults
3. A Faction
4. Signals
5. Dead Channel Skies
6. Hideaway
7. Still There
8. Odd Neighbourhood
9. She’s Like The Sun
10. Distant Light
11. 1997

CREDITS
Written, performed and recorded by Holygram at Amen Studios, Cologne
Produced by Maurizio Baggio and Holygram
Mixed and mastered by Maurizio Baggio at La Distilleria, Bassano del Grappa
Additional Engineering by Nima Davari
Cover Photo by Ville Andersson

TOUR DATES
EUROPE with VNV Nation 

Oct 12 Dresden (DE), Alter Schlachthof
Oct 13 Erfurt (DE), Stadtgarten
Oct 14 Stuttgart (DE), Im Wizemann
Oct 16 Prague (CZE), Futurum
Oct 17 Warsaw (PL), Progresja
Oct 19 Eindhoven (NL), Effenaar
Oct 20 Cologne (DE), E-Werk
Oct 21 Sint Niklaas (BL), De Casino
Oct 23 Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg
Oct 24 Bielefeld (DE), Ringlokschuppen
Oct 26 Berlin (DE), Columbiahalle
Oct 27 Magdeburg (DE), Altes Theater
Oct 28 Munich (DE), Muffathalle
Oct 30 Frankfurt (a.M.) (DE), Batschkapp
Oct 31 Leipzig (DE), Haus Leipzig
Nov 01 Rostock (DE), M.A.U. Club
Nov 02 Hamburg (DE), Mehr Theater am Großmarkt
Nov 03 Albertslund (DK), Forbrændingen

RELEASE SHOWS
Nov 09 Cologne (DE), Gebäude 9 with Whispering Sons & Swirlpool 
Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA The Viper Room

NORTH AMERICA with VNV Nation & DE/VISION
Nov 16 Austin (TX), Barracuda
Nov 17 Houston (TX), White Oak Music Hall
Nov 19 Atlanta (GA), Masquerade
Nov 20 Ft. Lauderdale (FL), Culture Room
Nov 21 St.Petersburg (FL), Jannus Live
Nov 23 Philadelphia (PA), Union Transfer
Nov 24 New York (NY), Irving Plaza
Nov 25 Boston (MA), Royale
Nov 27 Montreal (QC), Corona Theater
Nov 28 Toronto (ON), Danforth Music Hall
Nov 30 Detroit (MI), St. Andrews
Dec 01 Chicago (IL), The Metro
Dec 02 Minneapolis (MN), Skyway Theatre
Dec 04 Denver (CO), The Oriental Theater
Dec 05 Salt Lake City (UT), Metro Music Hall
Dec 07 Seattle (WA), Neptune
Dec 08 Portland (OR), Roseland Theater
Dec 09 Vancouver (BC), Imperial Theatre
Dec 12 San Francisco (CA), Regency Ballroom
Dec 13 Los Angeles (CA), The Wiltern
Dec 14 Tempe (AZ), Marquee
Dec 15 Las Vegas (NV), Backstage Bar

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Posted by on October 5, 2018 in Post Punk, Shoegaze

 

A Shoreline Dream – Waitout (Latenight Weeknight Records 6 July 2018)

Colorado gaze-rockers A Shoreline Dream announce ‘Waitout’ EP, preview first single

Progressive shoegazers A Shoreline Dream have reunited with the band’s original drummer Gabriel Ratliff to release their new ‘Waitout’ EP via Latenight Weeknight Records, which includes two brand new songs alongside new re-masters of three of their favorite tracks from the past.

While Ryan Policky (vocals, guitar, keys, bass) and Erik Jeffries(guitar) had been releasing one single at a time over the past three years (with a vinyl-only album being the end goal), the duo found themselves breaking out of this mold in early 2018 to reconnect with Gabe. Upon discovering a sonic continuation of their original vibe together in a brand new studio environment, two new tracks have erupted.

Titled ‘Waitout’ and ‘In the Ready Sound’, these songs will be available on the new digital EP, alongside re-masters of some of their most treasured tracks, including ‘New York’, ‘Barnum’ and ‘Projections’, one of the first tracks they wrote together back in 2005.

“The lead single ‘Waitout’ is a reflection of the current state of world affairs, focusing on the need to break away from the stagnation and creating change in our lives,” explains Ryan Policky. “It may be one of the biggest fears of those living in the world today but we do in fact need change, and the song is a rallying cry to remind us all to make it happen”.

With only a few more songs to go to complete their first and only vinyl release, this new EP from A Shoreline Dream not only celebrates the sound that started their “sound at the bottom of a well” music journey, but it also gives fans a taste of the newly re-formed and epic sound swirling through the cosmos.

The ‘Waitout’ EP will be available through the regular online stores and streaming platforms as of July 6, 2018. Previous A Shoreline Dream releases can be found via the band’s Bandcamp.

THE PLAYERS
Ryan Policky – Vocals, Guitar, Keys,
Bass Erik Jeffries – Guitar
Gabriel Ratliff – Drums

TRACK LIST
01 Waitout
02 In The Ready Sound
03 Barnum
04 New York
05 Projections

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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Shoegaze

 

Bizarre – Necro (Seksound 4th June 2018)

Estonian cult indie label Seksound has become the curator of Bizarre’s catalogue for some time, recently re-releasing debut album Beautica (1994) and follow-up Café de Flor (1996).

Now Seksound is releasing a set of recordings not yet heard in the form of an album.

Recorded and mixed between 1997 and 1998, Necro is the band’s third full-length album.

Ten tracks in total, a few of the songs from the release appeared on compilations throughout the years while others have yet to be heard by fans.

Consisting of Inga Jagomäe (vocals), Mart Eller (vocals), Anti Aaver (guitar), Tristan Priimägi (guitar), and Lauri Liivak (electronica), Bizarre first came together in 1992 in Tartu, Estonia.

Beautifully crafted Slowdive-esque debut Beautica won the band some due attention, making them one of the flagship bands of the newborn Estonian shoegaze and dreampop scene (including bands like Pia Fraus, She Bit Her Lip, Picnic); though Bizarre, never wanting to be pegged as a shoegaze or dreampop band, kept experimenting with electronics and various writing structures.

The result was the striking, delightful Café de Flor in 1996, an eight-song effort that still contained plenty of gaze but added various sample-based rhythms
and a ’60s-skewed poppiness.

The following year’s Any Day continued explorations into more modern dance music styles, influenced in part by a support gig playing with Spring Heel Jack that year, but that proved to be the band’s unexpected final swansong.

Necro shows Bizarre’s elasticity as the tracks move from shoegaze and dreampop infused moments to dance permeated beats and ambient textures.

Eclectic yet still sounding like the same band, from the wistful vocals of “Never Ever” to the funk infused “International Love Affair”, Necro demonstrates the versatility of this foundational group.

Tracklisting

1. Waters
2. Any Day
3. Summer Rain
4. Rentboy
5. Never Ever
6. Laizy Sun
7. Barcode Warrior
8. Leatherette
9. International Love Affair
10. Super Latex Baby

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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Shoegaze

 

Stella Diana – 57 (Vipchoyo Sound Factory (IT), Siete Señoritas Gritando (ES) 25 May 2018)

Dreampop veterans Stella Diana are back with the awaited follow-up to Nitocris (2016), which inspired rave reviews.

Over the course of five albums and nearly two decades of existence, the Italian combo has become recognised as one of the best shoegaze acts around, thanks to their master songcraft, their hypnotic rhythmic section and soaring, textured guitars.

They have managed to grow a sizeable international following despite having been singing entirely in Italian until 2015, and while they keep exploring new sonic frontiers, their style remains uniquely recognisable.

Also, they somewhat anticipated, and keep leading the so-called Italogaze movement which includes bands like Clustersun, Rev Rev Rev, In Her Eye, ElectricFloor and Novanta.

No accident that the bewitching track ‘Do Androids‘ features guitars of Rev Rev Rev’s Sebastian Lugli.

In this new album 57 every song has been composed in total freedom, without pressure and without schemes, aiming to create a dreamlike, delicate and unreal sound.

Dreamlike as the hermetic lyrics, used only as an extra colour in each song, even if, in general, what they describe is always the loneliness and lack of
communication between people.

Named after the ancient name of planet Venus (Morning Star), Stella Diana were formed in 1998 in Southern Italy’s city of  Naples by Dario Torre (vocals and guitar) and Giacomo Salzano (bass guitar), joined by Giulio Grasso on drums.

They bring together the layers of shimmering guitars of bands like Ride and Lush, the dark wave atmospheres of Bauhaus and Joy Division, and
new wave structures reminiscent of Echo And The Bunnymen and The Chameleons.

But Stella Diana are not at all a mere sum of their influences.

As Primal Music‘s Del Chaney put it, they “meld together a heady brew of driving post-punk, melodic dreampop and hazy shoegaze to produce musical soundscapes so mesmerising that they literally take my breath away”.

In accordance with their strong DIY principles, 57 was recorded and mixed by bass player Giacomo Salzano, and produced by the whole band in their own
recording studio, allowing to keep complete control over the music.

The obsession with simplicity is present also in the cover art. A blood-red number on a black canvas, but a number that is not immediately clear, looking like a mark, or a piece of cave drawing.

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Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Shoegaze

 

In Her Eye – Change (self released, 1st June 2018)

Only a few years ago nobody would have associated shoegaze to Italy; yet today Italogaze – as it has been dubbed -, starting from an underground word of mouth, has gained a solid international credibility; shoegaze lovers are enthusiastic about bands like Be Forest, Stella Diana, Clustersun, Rev Rev Rev, and happily discover other outfits that animate the scene.

A certain team spirit has been building up too among the bands, many of which are brought together in Mutiny Collective, constantly keeping in touch to exchange ideas and organise events.

Among the most active are Milan-based In Her Eye, whose talent has already been noticed by influential Italian media like Rockit and La Repubblica newspaper.

Their sound is a powerful mixture of 80’s new wave echoes (New Order, The Cure), shoegaze and sonic suggestions (Swervedriver, My Vitriol, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.); all filtered through a genuine rock attitude.

Change is dedicated to movement, to transformation.

In the last few years, original band members (Aldo Bernuzzi, Giuseppe Galotti, Stefano Schiavella) passed through a lot of changings: relationships, new births, life philosophies.

The line-up has changed as well: with Raffaele Bocchetti (former Stella Diana) joining the band, the In Her Eye classic sound recreates and enrichs itself with new hues and shades.

New songs, featuring also backing vocals by Antonia Chiara Ciancaglini (The Mystic Morning), reflect this situation: their signature sound is still there, but they’ve brought it to the next level.

Sometimes it’s psychedelia, sometimes it’s pop. It’s all a game of change.

Change is out on 1st June 2018.

In Her Eye have so far released debut album Anywhere Out Of The World (2011), and Borderline EP (2014).

Since 2015 the band has been involved in a handful of tribute compilations (The Cure, Ride, Wire), while composing the songs for the new album.

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Posted by on April 30, 2018 in Shoegaze

 

Panophonic – Endlessly (Patetico Recordings 13 February 2018)

Seemingly blending Indie pop, Post Punk, Goth with Shoegaze elements, Philly Indie rocker Tom Lugo AKA Panophonic brings a profound wall of sound to his full length album “Endlessly”

Panophonic delivers an explosive and densely atmospheric wall of sound that defies the mundane sound that permeates in the current generic modern rock scene.

His latest sonically immersive experience comes to life as the playful and emotional new full length album Endlessly.

A longtime staple of Philadelphia’s indie rock scene, Tom Lugo’s dark, heartfelt yet edgy songs and productions are an intricate blend of indie pop songwriting, post punk aesthetics, shoegaze stylings, and gothic tendencies.

The lyrical content is dark and emotive.

He is also known in the underground circuit for the festivals, shows, tours, and constant work that he does to further the scene on the east coast of the US and abroad.

He is the owner of the independent record label Patetico Recordings, the mastermind behind the Popnoise Festival, as well as being involved in a variety of musical projects that include indie rock band Stellarscope, dream pop project MAYU, and more.

Endlessly was almost lost and not released when, after almost a year of recording, Lugo experienced a computer and back-up hard drive crash which left him with only one option; starting the entire process anew.

Never one to let circumstances get the better of him, Lugo rerecorded all of the songs and instrumentation and the end result is one of the best albums he has created.

Endlessly explores the blossoming of a new relationships and the lament of others lost along the way; the balance between darkness and light that lives inside of all of us.

Endlessly is about this new chapter in my life. When I thought that all that was left for me was loss and pain I found new inspiration and a reason to smile again” Lugo says.

Track list:
Naughty games
Endlessly
Summer is at an end
I can’t come home
What can I do? ftg Paul Baker of static Daydream
We have today
Sweetest thing
See you again
Addicted
Fade away
Because of you

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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Alternative, Shoegaze

 

Nova Flares – Gut Splinter (9 March 2018)

Nova Flares announces intense yet dreamy debut single ‘Gut Splinter’ 

Alternative rock shoegaze artist Nova Flares has announced his debut single ‘Gut Splinter’, which is set to release on March 9. This is the first offering from his forthcoming debut album, expected by mid-2018.
Nova Flares is the solo project of Jason Wagers, whose music as a solo artist cleverly combines shoegaze with neo-psychedelic and surf rock. Nova Flares is the solo project of Jason Wagers, whose music as a solo artist cleverly combines shoegaze with neo-psychedelic and surf rock. The result is mighty fine bedroom jangly surf pop packed with flowing dreamy harmony and charming, lo-fi goodness. This hypnotic guitar shimmer packs the magic punch intended.
Hailing from Berea, Kentucky, he moved to Louisville at 18 with his previous band The CorridorsFour years later, they finally released their debut album on CD, only to be crushed by a British record label claiming to represent a band by the same name and ordering the band cease using this name. By that time, Wagers was eager to start a solo project in a completely new direction. While The Corridors played eclectic rock, Wagers wanted to create a very specific atmosphere in his new compositions.
This music is heavily influenced by neo-psychedelic bands of the 90’s through to those currently active, such as Black Market Karma, Mystic Braves, Holy Wave and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Jason Wagers has dubbed his sound “surfgaze”, the style borrowing gazey elements that can be traced back to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Beach Fossils and The Jesus and Mary Chain, while also being influenced by surf and beach-goth-psych bands like The Growlers, La LuzThe Warlocks and the Allah-Las.
The bright, reactive sound of this music inspired the project’s name ‘Nova Flares’. A nova is an astronomical event causing the sudden appearance of a bright, apparently ‘new’ star that slowly fades from view. This involves an interaction between two stars and cause a flare up, which is perceived as a new entity that is much brighter than the stars involved. Ironically, this new project was also born from the destruction of The Corridors.
“The songs I create through Nova Flares are supposed to be very cinematic and capture memories and feelings from situations I’d experienced in my childhood and adult life, but these songs are also meant to be left open ended so that the listener could have their own personal sensory experience as well,” says Jason Wagers.
Playing in bands and writing music since the age of 14, he eventually learned enough in the music sphere to start producing his own records, appreciative of the freedom and ability to record his own songs and release his own records. Growing beyond guitar to also bass guitar, drums and piano and also dabbling with vocals over the years. His Nova Flares project provided the perfect opportunity to develop his skills even further.
“Nova Flares is my next step up as a project. I am more excited than ever to share my new music with the world! These songs are past experiences expressed through sound. Each song is applicable as a personal sonic memoir to the listener,” explains Wagers. “I imagined video sequences while recording every song for this project and, as a result, all of the songs sound very cinematic and picturesque.”
While ‘Gut Splinter’ will be released on March 9 via online stores and streaming platforms, it is already available for pre-order via Bandcamp at https://novaflares.bandcamp.com/track/gut-splinter

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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Shoegaze