Greek label Fabrika, reigning purveyors of some of Europe’s finest goth and cold-wave, are sharing with us today their video for Selofan’s“Give Me A Reason” featured on their fifth album Vitrioli.
Directed by Dimitris Chaz Lee, the band describes the video as “depicting the fragile nature, conflicts, emotional demands, and vulnerability of each person in a relationship.”
Indeed, the despondent vocals and unsettling synths augment the visual portrayal of a woman clearly in anguish, whose emotional needs differ from that of her male counterpart—ultimately causing the relationship to burn like a desperate love-letter, and turn very dark, very very quickly.
Vitrioli, is out April 13th 2018 via Fabrika Records. The album will be available on standard black vinyl and limited editions of hand-numbered 300 copies on white 300 copies on silver and 400 copies on black vinyl along with download code insert, as well as digital formats.
Dark duo Lebanon Hanover are sharing with us today the video for their duet “Alien”, the opening track to their upcoming fifth studio album Let Them Be Alien—set to be released on Athens based label Fabrika Records on April 3rd 2018.
The video directed by founding band member, Larissa Iceglass was shot between Heidelberg and Athens and like most of their past videos is a stand-alone narrative. “Alien” follows themes of isolation and loneliness felt in living within a society, “No matter at what place on earth, we always feel somewhat rejected from society and find relief in nature,” says Larissa.
“Alien” indeed is a promising intro Larissa and William Maybelline’s latest effort—with spare basslines that feel like a sky hesitant to rain, and droning keys that wander like footsteps, where the purpose is ultimately to in a forest be lost.
Let Them Be Alienwill be available in a limited edition of hand-numbered 500 copies on standard black vinyl and 500 copies on dark green vinyl, as well asCD and digital formats.
*The first pressing of LPs has already sold out during album pre orders, so Fabrika has already done a repress in dark blue and dark red vinyl.
This year’s SXSW music conference and festival is currently underway. In response to lasts year’s controversy over Italian post-punk band Soviet Soviet being detained and deported, the festival has now changed its contract language which had previously stated that the festival will contact immigration authorities if a foreign artist planned to perform at the festival without the proper Visa.
The contract now reads:
“An Artist seeking to enter the United States to perform at SXSW is solely responsible for obtaining any applicable visa(s) and complying with all pertinent immigration rules. To secure Artist’s spot in SXSW Music, Artist agrees to notify SXSW about how Artist intends to enter the U.S. (what type of visa or if using the Visa Waiver Program) by February 5, 2018.”
We filmed a short interview Soviet Soviet after the fiasco, where the band had stated that it is “stupid” that American bands can play in Europe without obtaining a Visa, and they spend the night in prison trying to promote their band in the states.
Indeed, there is no planning or extra paperwork needed for performing in Europe, while in UK you can apply to perform no sooner than three months before your trip, with the processing taking up to three weeks.
Recently post-punk icon and godfather of goth Peter Murphy ran into trouble himself, as he had to postpone (for a second time) his planned 15 night residency in San Francisco due to his visa approval being delayed.
At first, Murphy had been delaying individual nights of the residency in hopes of having visa approval come in last minute, while working its way through a backlog of Turkish applications.
“Due to a brief diplomatic spat last year between the US and Turkey resulting in a temporary mutual ban on visa issuances to each country, a backlog of Turkish applicants has seen Peter’s own caught up in the pile.” states Murphy’s management.
It is true that the US and Turkey recently had a visa crisis due the detainment of a Turkish employee of the US consulate in Istanbul, who had ties to Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-based cleric who the Turkish government blames for a coup attempt in 2016.
However, even if Murphy who was born a British national, had his UK original citizenship to apply, that would not have guaranteed him timely entry into the states to perform for his waiting fans.
Many foreign artists and performers begin the process of filing paperwork for US tours up to a year in advance, and yet still do not have their visas granted in time under normal circumstances, resulting in a catch-22 of lost money and time, since a performer can’t be considered for an artist visa unless they book their itinerary first, sinking thousands to tens of thousands of dollars into booking fees, venue rentals, interstate transport, hiring crew, advertisements, and more. The bare minimum time to start the visa process is six months before the first date on the tour. Anything shorter than that up to three months time will require premium processing fees, and most often a lawyer’s assistance.
For some legacy acts, touring in the states is no longer worth it. In 2010, German Industrial music pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten experienced heavy losses when their ten date 30th anniversary tour of the US was held up by bureaucratic red tape.
“While the US Department of Homeland Security did issue approvals for the band’s visas,” the band had to announce on on November 29th of that year, “it was not done in time to secure the appointments at the overseas embassies and consulates that represent the necessary final step in the process.”
The tour was canceled just two days before the Berlin based band were to perform first gig of the tour at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The band has not toured the United States since.
In 2016, supergroup Minor Victories, consisting of members of Slowdive, Mogwai, and Editors had to indefinitely delay their North American Tour because of visa issues, and were unable to reschedule given their busy schedules with their full time projects, resulting in fans stateside missing out on this rare collaborative project live.
In some cases the timely booking of a tour concurrent with an artist’s resurgence in popularity can be crucial and devastating if a visa is not acquired. Such was the case last year for Rose McDowall, the polka-dotted pop queen who later transitioned into industrial and neofolk. NIGHT SCHOOL was responsible for a handful of releases by the Strawberry Switchblade singer, including a reissue of Cut With The Cake Knifeand the newly recorded Our Twisted Love EP in 2015. As is the case with our fast-paced media consumption culture, the window to promote these releases is extremely narrow, and McDowall’s US tour was unfortunately canceled in what now feels like a missed opportunity.
For most newer acts, obtaining visas is just not financially feasible. The cost per person ranger from $1,500 to $3,000 with paperwork needing six months advance time, unless you pay extra for a rush, and even then it is not guaranteed.
This has resulted in many bands entering the country as tourists, renting their equipment and touring gear after their arrival. Such was the case for popular goth and coldwave band Lebanon Hanover, who back in 2013 suffered a similar fate to what Soviet Soviet would later experience. While they were able to perform for a few dates on tour, the German band was denied re-entry to the US after performing in Canada. Most other bands avoid the risk, such as popular Turkish goth and post-punk band She Past Away, who have yet to tour the US despite a loyal fanbase.
In contrast to the sound of their last release—2016’s Babes of The 80s maxi single, William Maybelline and Larissa Iceglass are once again embarking on dark journey of dejection through upcoming their fifth studio album Let Them Be Alienset to be released on their Athens based label Fabrika Records on April 3rd 2018.
Here is the album’s description via Fabrika’s official press release:
Exploring the sonic and emotional range that the audience have learned to expect from Lebanon Hanover, “Alien” is built up in emotional vocals, liquid chords, dramatic keys, and distorted digital waves where the duo recalls the eerie clouds of industrial and goth 1980’s. The album depicts the dark honesty and profound feelings of two alienated personas with true romantic hearts yet feeling socially unrest. In each track, William and Larissa tell a different story which will sweep the audience through a deep, conscious, continual and wistful trip, and ultimately keep them anchored in feelings.
Let Them Be Alienwill be available in a limited edition of hand-numbered 500 copies on standard black vinyl and 500 copies on dark green vinyl, as well as digital formats.
William Maybelline is building up the tension before the release of his second solo LP under the guise of Qual.
Following the recent premiere of the album’s gloomy post-industrial and power electronics opening track Black Crown, Maybelline has shared another cut of eight from his upcoming sophomore solo release The Ultimate Climax; this time the caterwauling EBM infused cavort that is How Many Graves?
Watch below glitched out statues careening along to catchy beats in the sinister visuals shot and edited by Maybelline himself.
The Ultimate Climax is set for release on February 28th 2018. Physical copies are limited to 500 units each (LP/CD).
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