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New Zero God – Circus of Tortured Melodies

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New Zero God‘s fourth album is not a release of a bunch of songs that patiently waited to fill it. It is a statement of what this band is capable of musically.

Circus of Tortured Melodies” is a journey through the music that inspired them throughout the years, without sticking on genres or scenes. It is a loosely concept album on the complexity of modern life and it’s effects on everyone of us.

Andi Sex Gang (Sex Gang Children) introduces us to this imaginary circus followed by the funky bass lines of “What’cha Gonna Do?”, a reference to the deadlocks we face on a daily basis. “Hell Bet on me to Lose” is a garage-punk treat with catchy riffs, while “Rock ‘N’ Roll Puppet” enchants with its bluesy harmonica. “Busking” is an introspective Appalachian monologue, “Mother Nature” sounds like an extract from the Stone’s “Their Satanic Majesties Request” and yet the amazement is not over. The album is ending with a schizophrenic (but not confusing) song triad: The haunting “Charlie Boy”, the hard rock riffs on “Evolution” and the power ballad “Carry On”.

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“Circus of Tortured Melodies” is a stroll along the sources of all neuroses; unfulfilled dreams, emotional insecurity, politics, domestic manipulation, society standards, over-consumerism, compromise and the environmental disaster. And once you listened to it, you get addicted.

Cover photo by Costas Papapanos

Band photo by Elias Moraitis

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Julien Temple – The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (documentary, 2015)

I often repeat myself by saying that we survive on this planet by luck and that we are lucky enough to wake up every day.

We have to appreciate and enjoy life, and this is precisely what Julien Temple is about in his documentary “The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

Temple makes a universal, poetic film about life and death around us, focused on Dr. Feelgood’s guitarist, Wilko Johnson, who was diagnosed in 2009 with incurable pancreatic cancer.

While Wilko recounts his feelings and thoughts when his doctors told him that he had 10 months to live, Temple uses footage from movies like Ingmar Bergman‘s “The Seventh Seal” and Philip Saville‘s, “Hamlet at Elsinore“and has Wilko playing chess with “death”.

Wilko, an avid book lover, reads Shakespeare, Milton, Medieval Icelandic Literature and talks about astronomy.

He is calm when he receives the diagnosis of the forthcoming end.

He feels an elation and realizes that he does not have to create any other memories for the future, simply because there is no future for him.

He refuses chemotherapy and decides to enjoy every moment of his remaining life putting together a farewell tour with bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Dylan Howe

It’s not the first time that cancer shows up on his doorstep.

This is how he lost his wife Irene 10 years ago…

Wilko enjoys playing the character of Ser Ilyn Payne, the executioner in “Game of Thrones” and while the mass started pushing into other organs in his body, he records the album “Going Back Home” with Roger Daltrey.

The album turned out to be successful but Wilko knows he is going to die…

Julien Temple’s documentary “The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson” is not a documentary about rock’n’roll, Dr. Feelgood or English politics.

It’s a poetic movie about isolation, about the transitional stage in which a man is waiting in the anteroom of death, trying to experience the ecstasy of existence for the last time.

You can watch it here…

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2019 in Documentaries, Uncategorized

 

London electro pop: Auld presents ‘Need Her Still’ single

London electronic pop artist Auld presents ‘Need Her Still’ off debut album

London-based electronic collective Auld present their new single ‘Need Her Still’. Slated for release on Friday, January 25, this is the first single to be release from their forthcoming debut album ‘Mainstream Music’, which is out in mid-March.

Comprised of 10 tracks, this long-play is loaded with easy yet brooding, alternative, electronic pop with guitars interwoven. While ‘Mainstream Music’ was recorded over the summer of 2018, some of the songs date back as early as 2012.

This release comes hot on the trail of the Curriculum Vitae’ EP, released in April 2018.

Based in Kilburn, London, Auld was started by Thomas Pitts as a solo project. They currently perform as a 6-piece, with Pitts joined by Alan Giles, Brian Wortman, Rachel Hearne, Glen Giles and James Milner.

Genre fluid, Auld frames a story through the lens of indie pop, sometimes rock, and sometimes electro. They like a good cry and they like a good dance and they want you to join them.

“Need Her Still’ is the first song I wrote for the album and hopefully a good introduction to the Auld sound. It came at a time where we were searching for direction for the album. I wrote this and then everything started to fall into place afterwards,” says Thomas Pitts.

“This is the only love song I have ever written. Lyrically it is quite simple – it is a list of things that would make life quite nice and more enjoyable on paper, but all of these mean nothing without the person you love”.

Thomas Pitts’ fascination with music began with an obsession over the Spice Girls at 9 years of age. He wrote songs to the tunes of their tunes and also to the tunes of songs from the Lion King. Fast forward to the appearance of the Strokes, which influenced Pitts to form a rather young band emulating that sound.

In terms of his songwriting with Auld, Pitts denotes the following as musical influences: Grimes, Kate Bush, R.E.M., Tom Waits, The National, The Pixies, Pavement, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Interpol, Earl Sweatshirt and The Flaming Lips. “Something that also really interested me here was working with the structure of a song.”

“The overriding theme of this album is coming to terms with the person you are and realising you are not quite the person you thought you were gonna grow up to be. Reflecting on that and trying to work out how to change,” says Thomas Pitts. “Mainstream Music is a celebration of all those people trying their best, but not being the best. The ones that have a lot to improve upon, but are aware of it. It is a celebration of sadness, friends and family”.

As of March 15, the ‘Mainstream Music’ album will be available digitally across online stores and streaming platforms. It can already be pre-ordered now via Bandcamp at https://auldmusic.bandcamp.com/album/mainstream-music.

Auld will play an album launch show at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney on February 20. The whole album will be played in full for the first time and some deep cuts, rarities and b sides
The band will be supported by Emilio Iannucci. Those pre-ordering a ticket will receive a free download of the album and some other goodies one week before the gig There is also an option to pay a bit more and get a t shirt. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.wegottickets.com/Auldmusic

CREDITS
Lyrics and music written by Thomas Pitts
Recorded at Auld Studio in Kilburn, vocals at Mill Hill & drums at the Gun Factory in Homerton, East London
Recorded by Thomas Pitts and Thiago Jorge
Mixed and mastered by Thiago Jorge
Thom Pitts – Vocals, guitars, synths
Rachel Hearne – Vocals
Alan Giles – vocals, bass
Brian Wortman – Lead guitar
Glen Giles – Drums and Percussion
James Milner – Piano
John Dillon – Album cover art
Carmen Reig – ‘Need Her Still’ cover art
Artist photos by Libby Burke Wilde

TRACK LIST 
1. Need Her Still
2. Am I Gorgeous?
3. Alilless
4. Trendy, Trendy
5. The Lady Killa
6. I Am
7. The Careful Ones
8. Negative Nelly
9. Nephews
10. Oh The Sea

Click HERE to listen to the single on Bandcamp

Click HERE to listen to the single on Soundcloud

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Posted by on January 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Gary Numan – In Conversation

‪Via Gary Numan Official at Facebook:

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I’m trying something new in January. Two intimate UK shows, no music, no light show, just me talking about my life, things I’ve done, things I hope to do, and answering questions of course. Tickets on sale Friday at 10 am.

https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/gary-numan‬

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Eisbrecher to release Best Of Collection on Metropolis Records

On November 9, 2018, Metropolis Records will release ‘Ewiges Eis – 15 Jahre Eisbrecher,’ a 2 CD, 15 year best-of celebration of Eisbrecher that brings together the most beloved tracks from this powerhouse German band.

Emotional, honest and forthright, Eisbrecher forges delicately brutal music without compromises.

Heavy industrial guitar sounds, driving electro beats and distinctive vocals that are modern and danceable while simultaneously rejecting the usual Neue Deutsche Härte genre cliches.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Kevin Haskins FOXES TV (FOXES Magazine 20 October 2018)

Bauhaus’ co-founder Kevin Haskins to Produce FOXES TV Music Show

Kevin Haskins, drummer and founding member of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail and his latest trio Poptone, has announced his involvement in an exciting new MTV-inspired television show.

Haskins just signed on as a music supervisor and producer for the new project, entitled FOXES Television, created by mother and son duo Tina and Julian de la Celle, founders of the rock ‘n’ roll music and men’s fashion-focused FOXES Magazine.

FOXES TV aims to fill a huge void, where once there was exciting music programming, such as The Tube and MTV, and also include men’s fashion. The aesthetic of FOXES Magazine will be placed firmly on the screen, showcasing new bands and men’s fashion, interviews, and behind the scenes footage with a very cinematic look.

The show has also engaged producer Orian Williams, who produced the BAFTA and CANNES winning film ‘Control’, directed by Anton Corbijn and detailing the life and times of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Other noteable credits include ‘The Last Movie Star’ with Burt Reynolds and ‘England Is Mine’, a portrait of Morrissey and his early life in 1970s England.

The series would showcase the wide range of talent in both the music and fashion world. The two main sources of inspiration? The early inception of MTV, and Jim Jarmusch’s film ‘Coffee and Cigarettes’.

The show will revolve around an iconic duo, i.e. Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, pairing them up in conversation. The content around that conversation would include live sets with up-and-coming and already established bands, spotlights on fashion designers, as well as backstage features at fashion weeks and tour diaries with bands.

An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to help raise the needed budget to get the show off the ground. There are various “Perks” when donating certain amounts, and there is also a special one-time Bauhaus raffle with a few exclusive signed items by Kevin Haskins including: One small print of your choice and one large print of your choice from Kevin’s website, a signed copy of his new book ‘Bauhaus – Undead’, released via Cleopatra Records, and a signed Bauhaus tour laminate. Each raffle ticket is $10, so the more you contribute, the better your chances are to win! The four winners will be announced at 10pm Pacific time / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UK time on Saturday, October 20.

Contribute at www.indiegogo.com/projects/foxes-television-pilot and spread the word. A benefit show will take place on October 20. Further details about where this will be happening and who is playing will be announced soon.

Keep up with Kevin Haskins
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Posted by on October 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Seasurfer – Vampires (Saint Marie Records 4th August 2018)

Seasurfer is the Hamburg-based band around songwriter & fuzz-reverb-lover Dirk Knight.

Today, Hamburg-singers Apolonia and Änni Bird and Englishman Steven Burrows (And AlsoThe Trees) on bass are in the band.

Back in the Nineties Dirk was in the so called “Heavenly Voices” scene with his former band Dark Orange on the German cult-label HYPERIUM, collaborating with the likes of Robin Guthrie from Cocteau Twins.

If their debut album Dive In , released in 2014 on Saint Marie, caused a stir in the shoegaze scene all around the world, their 2017’s sophomore Under the milky way… who cares, also on Saint Marie, is another piece of groundbreaking shoegaze.

The band supported the record with several club and festival shows in Germany that same year.

Their noisy and dreamy yet powerful sound, which Dirk himself dubbed “dream punk”, brought them huge acclaim amongst lovers of bands like Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins.

Over the years Seasurfer got to collaborate with members of Trespassers William , Whimsical, Jaguwar, Last Leaf Down and the
already mentioned Robin Guthrie from Cocteau Twins.

At the moment, Dirk is working with Kirlian Camera singer, Elena Alice Fossi from Italy/USA to release a two track single, also out in 2018 on Saint Marie.

 

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2018 in Uncategorized