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Metropolis Releases Cabaret Voltaire Tribute Compilation This Week

Occupying the middle ground between punk and industrial, there was a British music group from Sheffield, England called Cabaret Voltaire.

While their earliest performances were Dada-influenced performance art, Cabaret Voltaire went on to blend pop with dance music, techno, dub house and experimental electronic music, evolving into one of the most prolific and important groups of their time. While their tenure was short, their impact was no less profound and influential to the bands they would help to shape in the future.

It is with this in mind that, “WHY KILL TIME (WHEN YOU CAN COVER CABARET VOLTAIRE)“, was conceived.

Bringing together bands such as: AkA, Bestial Mouths, Bioassay, Black Agent, Canter, Elegant Machinery, God Module, Having Issues, Kriistal Ann, Maleagant, Manufactura, Microchip Junky, Mirland/Larsen, Missing Witness, NØIR, PulseWidthMod & Databomb, Snowbeasts and SØLVE.

Eighteen bands with different approaches to music, joined by the common thread of paying a respectful homage to one of the progenitors that they all owe a small piece of their sound to. “WHY KILL TIME (WHEN YOU CAN COVER CABARET VOLTAIRE)” will be available digitally through Metropolis on October 19th, 2018.

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New Video from Ash Code

The Italian Darkwave trio Ash Code have just released a brand new video for “Black Gloves.” The song appears on Ash Code’s ‘Perspektive‘ album which will be released in the United States on November 9th by Metropolis Records.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2018 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Whispering Sons – Image ( 19 October 2018 SMILE Records, ROW – Cleopatra, USA)

Brussels based post-punk outfit Whispering Sons are set to release their long awaited debut album Image via SMILE Records & Cleopatra.

Image takes a giant leap forward from Whispering Sons’ previous work.

Together with producer Micha Volders (Meteor Musik, El Guapo Stuntteam) and engineer/co-producer Bert Vliegen (Teen Creeps, Sophia), the band used the studio as a means to broaden their sound, enriching it with acoustic drums and a whole range of synthesizers.

The ten tracks, recorded over a period of ten days at GAM Studios in Waimes (BE), evoke an atmosphere both ominous and urging , yet at the same time capture the band’s agitated live intensity.

The record was mixed by Bert Libeert (Goose, B) at Jetson Studio and mastered by Frederik Dejongh at Jerboa Mastering.

The songs on the album were written after the band collectively moved to Brussels in 2016.

In between periods of intense touring, they worked hard to translate their new perspectives into their first full album.

Feeding on the dynamics of the city, the tracks unveil feelings of alienation and distance.

Image is a motionless state, in which observations overshadow actions.

It reflects the artificiality of things, yet still desperately clings on to ideals and obsessions, something which is also strengthened by the cover artwork of Flor Maesen.

In 2016, the band won Humo’s Rock Rally, one of Belgium’s most prestigious national contests that boosted the career of upcoming artists such as dEUS.

After that, Whispering Sons have been touring Belgium and Europe extensively, establishing a strong live reputation.

The band have so far released the EP Endless Party (2015) and two 7“ singles, Performance/Strange Identities (2016) and White Noise (2017).

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

10.10  Barcelona (ES)  La 2 De Apolo *

11.10  Madrid (ES)         SalaCopernico *

12.10  Lisbon (PT)         RCA Club *

13.10  Porto (PT)           Hard Club *

19.10  Rotterdam (NL) Left of the Dial Fest

20.10  Brussels (BE)     Ancienne Belgique

22.10  Eindhoven (NL) DDW Music Fest

24.10  Kortrijk (BE)        De Kreun ^

25.10  Den Haag (NL) Paard Van Troje ^

31.10  Amsterdam (NL) Sugar Factory

02.11  Berlin (DE)          Urban Spree

03.11  Bochum (DE)     Kulturbahnhof

09.11  Cologne (DE)     Gebäude 9

10.11  Namur (BE)        Belvedere

21.11  Paris (FR)           Espace B

24.11  Turin (IT)             Padiglione 14

27.11  Budapest (HU)  Dürer Kert

29.11  Prague (CZ)       Meetfactory

08.12 Turnhout (BE)     Club Kuub

14.12 Gent (BE)            De Centrale

* w/The Soft Moon

^ w/Gang Of Four

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2018 in Goth, New Wave / Dark Wave

 

David J – Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh (Glass Modern 7 September 2018)

Bauhaus’ David J re-releases pivotal ‘Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh’ LP on Glass Modern

It’s been a long time coming, but David J (Haskins) is returning to his roots.40 years since the formation of Bauhaus, he has announced two one-off solo UK concerts in between festival dates with Bauhaus vocalist Peter Murphy and their newly-announced world tour, including‘ Back to Beck, a historic intimate event at the studio in Wellingborough, England where ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ was recorded. Released on August 6, 1979 by Small Wonder Records, this is considered the first gothic rock release. Featuring lyrics composed by David J, this massively significant single led to a John Peel session, two years of charting in the British independent charts, and being signed to 4AD Records and, later, Beggar’s Banquet.

David J is also returning to his roots in another way, reissuing his solo album ‘Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh’ LP on September 7. This was his second solo release after Bauhaus’ disbanding. Released on Glass Records in 1985, the label’s new incarnation, Glass Modern Records, will release this remastered David J classic on 180-gram heavyweight clear vinyl with inner bag featuring all the lyrics, plus new sleeve-notes by David Barker of Glass Records.

This album was recorded at Beck Studios, as many other Bauhaus and David J releases. Between Bauhaus’ end and the formation of Love and Rockets, David J recorded 5 singles and 1 LP for Glass Records, and also played on 2 albums by The Jazz Butcher. ‘Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh’ is one of the crowning glories of the original Glass label.

David J says, “This is a personal pastoral favourite and the album that really set the tone for all of my future solo endeavors. Now it is being re-released as a limited edition on beautiful high quality 180 g clear vinyl by the newly rebooted Glass Modern label. ‘Feels like coming home!”

Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction once described David J as the Avant of the Avant-garde, with good reason. Since Bauhaus disbanded in 1983, David has enjoyed a long and varied solo career. The first of Bauhaus’ members to actively step outside of the comfort zone of his original band, he released his debut album ‘Etiquette of Violence’ that same year and has since released numerous solo albums, founded the hugely successful Love and Rocketd, produced and played bass with The Jazz Butcher, and joined the reformed Bauhaus again twice for world tours.

Following a performance at London’s The Islington on Saturday, August 25, David J will play a special live acoustic concert for a small crowd on Sunday, August 26 at Beck Studios. This will be David’s first time in the studio since recording his ‘Blue Moods Turning Tail’ EP in 1984. This special limited capacity show features music originally recorded there, as well as songs spanning his career.

As part of this rare event, Andrew Brooksbank, author of ‘Bauhaus – Beneath The Mask’, will conduct an interview with David, followed by a Q&A with the audience. This historic concert is not to be missed and will be both recorded and filmed for later release.

From there David J will join Peter Murphy for a 40-year Bauhaus anniversary tour across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, for which they will play their full debut LP ‘In The Flat Field’. Bauhaus released 4 groundbreaking albums, cementing their place in music history. Considered one of the most influential bands since The Velvet Underground, Bauhaus spearheaded the post-punk alternative music scene of the early ‘80’s, defining a style that is feasibly the pinnacle of the gothic scene. Late 2018 will bring a series of coloured vinyl Bauhaus reissues and more tour dates are expected later.

Order ‘Crocodile Tears And The Velvet Cosh’ via Bandcamp and ‘Who Killed Mr. Moonlight’, his book on his Bauhaus years, via David’s website. His latest album  ‘Vagabond Songs’ (2017) can be ordered here. Tickets for David J solo UK dates are available here and Peter Murphy-David J tour tickets can be ordered here.

TRACKLIST
1. Crocodile Tears And The Velvet Cosh
2. Too Clever By Half
3. The First Incision
4. Imitation Pearls
5. Light And Shade
6. René
7. Stop This City
8. Justine
9. The Ballad Of Cain
10. The Vandal And The Saint
11. Boats
12. Slip The Rope
13. Greener

TOUR DATES (all dates with Peter Murphy except Aug. 25-26)
Aug 15 – Kluisbergen, Belgium @ W Fest
Aug 17 – Taranto, Italy @ Cinzella Festival
Aug 23 – Vilar de Mouros, Portugal – Vilar de Mouros Festival
Aug 25 – London, UK @ The Islington **David J solo show**
Aug 26 – Wellingborough, UK @ Beck Studios **David J solo show**
Oct 18 – Wellington, New Zealand @ San Fran
Oct 19 – Christchurch, New Zealand @ Foundry
Oct 20 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Powerstation
Oct 22 – Adelaide, Australia @ Governor Hindmarsh
Oct 25 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Zoo
Oct 26 – Melbourne, Australia @ Max Watts
Oct 27 – Sydney, Australia @ The Factory
Oct 28 – Perth, Australia @ The Capitol Theatre
Nov 6 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Aurora Hall
Nov 7 – Moscow, Russia @ Glavclub
Nov 9 – Belgrade, Serbia @ Dom Omladine Beograda
Nov 10 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Das Bett
Nov 12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte
Nov 14 – Paris, France @ Bataclan
Nov 18 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
Nov 19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmataz
Nov 21 – Rome, Italy @ Orion Live Club
Nov 22 – Milan, Italy @ Fabrique
Nov 23 – Munich, Germany @ Ampere
Nov 24 – Bochum, Germany @ Christuskirche
Nov 26 – Wroclaw, Poland @ A2
Nov 27 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theater
Nov 28 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
Dec 4 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
Dec 5 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Dec 6 – Northampton, UK @ Roadmender
Dec 8 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Beckett SU
Dec 9 – London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
Dec 11 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Store Vega
Dec 12 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Nalen
Dec 14 – Athens, Greece @ Gazi Music Hall
Dec 15 – Thessaloniki, Greece @ Principal Club Theater

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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Lunar Module – Light Years (February 18, 2018)

Lunar Module is the project of Ant Banister (Sounds Like Winter) and Alberto Martinez (Neuropa).

Ant and Alberto have been writing 80’s flavoured SynthPop together on and off for many years, they target their sound very strictly around the New Wave period, the years 79-83, using the authentic instruments and sounds of the time.

Recent events have meant that the two of them are now living in the same city again, and back writing and performing full-time.

Lunar Module have just released a 15 track retrospective album on Bandcamp with old and new tracks and are working on a whole new album due early 2019.

Lunar Module will be touring in central Europe during October with the band Fabels.

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Posted by on May 19, 2018 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

ShapeShiftingAliens – Showing My Face (The Sublunar Society 8 March 2018)

Sweden’s ShapeShiftingAliens presents Bowie-esque single ‘Showing My Face’ with stellar video

The Sublunar Society has announced the forthcoming single release of Showing My Face’ by Sweden’s ShapeShiftingAliens, previewed with a snazzy new video. This release follows on the trail of the band’s self-titled album in late 2017.

ShapeShiftingAliens is a Swedish duo, consisting of Niklas Rundquist and J.P Cleve on vocals. Together they create music and unusual and eccentric videos. Their inventive approach appealed to Nolan Cook of The Residents, leading them to collaborate with one another on ‘Shadows’, the final track from their 2017 eponymous album.
Rundquist and Cleve met when they were both working with Iodine Jupiter. Cleve is a producer and composer, live musician and studio musician (guitar) for artists and film, as well as touring and performing. Inspired by various film music composers and especially horror films, their music has also been influenced by the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Goldfrapp, Air, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, and Massive Attack.
In the early 80s, Rundquist participated on Lustans Lakejer‘s first record and performed with The Leather Nun. Since then he has been composing music for films, documentaries and commercials (i.e. the vignette for Sandrew Metronome) and has created music for Cirkus Cirkör, Iodine Jupiter, and various artists on the London scene. Today, Rundquist is once agai part of The Leather Nun (on violin) and stands behind Brainshadow.
ShapeShiftingAliens signed to Swedish indie label The Sublunar Society in 2016. Since that time, they have released three singles – ‘Just a Boy’‘Stay’ and ‘Cut To The Bone’ – followed by their full-length ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’ LP.

The Sublunar Society is a record label and publishing company, founded by Marie Lundvall and Peder Bjoerk in 2013. Sublunar releases music and publishes literature for the international and national markets. The company also produces exclusive limited edition art products for collectors. The guiding spirit behind The Sublunar Society is one of artistic freedom and creative exploration beyond the conventional.

The ‘Showing My Face’ single will be available across online stores and streaming platforms as of March 8, as well as The Sublunar Society’s own Bandcamp.

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Posted by on February 1, 2018 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Duran Duran – Girls on Film 1979 Demo (Cleopatra Records 29 December 2017)

Cleopatra Records releases early Duran Duran ‘Girls on Film’ demo EP with Andy Wickett
Cleopatra Records has released Duran Duran ‘Girls on Film 1979 Demo’ EP featuring Andy Wickett on vocals. These are rare debut recordings, which include the original version of the smash hit ‘Girls on Film’ and ‘See Me Repeat Me’, which would later be transformed into‘Rio’, as well as other songs that the group shopped around to various labels before eventually signing with EMI.
Recorded in 1979, these historic previously-unreleased demo recordings by ‘80s new wave icons Duran Duran feature the group’s early frontman Andy Wickett (a.k.a. Fane), alongside Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor. They were recorded at Bob Lamb’s studio (home of the band UB40) in Moseley, Birmingham.

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.

The ‘Girls on Film 1979 Demo’ EP is available digitally and on CD, as well as on stunning red and clear colored vinyl at https://durandurangirlsonfilm.bandcamp.com/album/girls-on-film-1979-demo
CREDITS
Andy Wickett (vocals, piano, lyrics)
John Taylor (guitars)
Roger Taylor (drums)
Nick Rhodes (keyboards)

TRACK LIST

1. See Me, Repeat Me (feat. Andy Wickett)  03:54
2. Reincarnation (feat. Andy Wickett)  02:56
3. Girls on Film (feat. Andy Wickett) [Demo Version]  03:02
4. Working the Steel (feat. Andy Wickett)  03:23

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Posted by on January 14, 2018 in New Wave / Dark Wave