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Ash Code Premiere the Video for “Perspektive” Featuring Die Selektion’s Luca Gillian


Ash Code have premiered today the video for the song “Perspektive”—the title track from their upcoming third full-length album that across its eleven compositions explores stories of the past and visions of a hypothetical dystopian future from the prescience of William Gibson and Philip K, Dick,  to the current reality of “keyboard warriors”, and technological enslavement, with the slight possibility of humanity’s redemption.

Pic by Francesca Parità

On how that redemption may be found, the band explains:

“We believe that every point of view is worthy of respect, every personal ‘perspective’. Ethical law is ‘respect’ par excellence, which originates from an empathetic feeling towards the others. If we learn to perceive each and every other person, even different species, while remaining ourselves, there won’t be anything negative in that”.

“Perspektive”, the band’s first foray into singing entirely in German, features additional vocals from Die Selektion’s Luca Gillian.

In writing the song, Ash Code elaborate:

“We wrote the text nauseated by the current world of online media, fake news and ‘keyboard warriors’ fury. …It definitely wasn’t easy to write in German and we have to thank some of our German friends and Luca Gillian of Die Selektion for this.”

On a musical level we have tried to craft something really different from the past; rhythmically and using e-bow on the Bass VI and a Micro[D] even. An handmade instrument that can be played like a violin or through hitting.

The video was created by Elio De Filippo again and representing a bleak future where emotions are synthetic products poured into artificial avatars, unable to raise love and destined to shut down by boredom. From an unconventional perspective where no one tried to gaze ever… an eternal flow of ignition, simulation, suffering, extinction.”

The album also features mixing and mastering from She Past Away’s Doruk Ozturkcan and is “enriched with remixes by artists of the electronic, darkwave and industrial scene: Agent Side Grinder, Hante, We Are Temporary, The Ne-21, She Pleasures Herself and Selfishadows.”

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Ash Code’s Perspketive will be available via Swiss Dark Nights / Manic Depression Records on 18th May, 2018 in a limited edition of 2000 CD and 500 vinyl copies, as well as digital formats.

The first 30 days of preorder will include special items and rarities only available during that time.

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Confirmed Tour dates:

  • 27.04.18 IT – Bologna, Neuropa Festival w/ Gang Of Four, New Model Army
  • 05.05.18 IT – Prato, Exenzia Club
  • 18.05.18 DE – Leipzig, Wave Gotik Treffen
  • 25.05.18 IT – Roma, METAMØRFOSI
  • 07.07.18 DE – Detmold, Owls ‘n’ Bats Festival 2018 w/ Skeletal Family, The Foreign Resort, Laura Carbone, TRAITRS, Sweet Ermengarde
  • 18.08.18 BE – Mont-de-l’Enclus, W-Festival w/ Paul Young, Front Line Assembly, She Past Away, Limahl, Heaven 17 and many more
  • 24.08.18 CZ – Prague, XIII. Prague Gothic Treffen
  • 25.08.18 DE – Regensburg, TheWave II
  • 15.09.18 CH – Versuchsstollen Hagerbach, Eine Nacht im Bergwerk w/ Covenant
  • 12.10.18 RU – Saint Petersburg, TBA
  • 13.10.18 RU – Moscow, TBA
  • 26.10.18 NL – Almere, Moonreaktor II w/ Lifeless Past, Stuck Between
  • 27.10.18 DE – Hamburg, TBA
  • 10.11.18 AT – Vienna, Schattenwelt.at Festival



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TWINS (That Which Is Not Said) Premieres “Taste Of Peppermint”


Atlanta post-wave project TWINS (an acronym That Which Is Not Said) is premiering with us today the video for the track “Taste Of Peppermint”—originally filmed live for a performance on Adult Swim’s Bloodfeast.

DKA Records co-founder, and TWINS Maestro Matt Weiner elaborates on the songs’ lyrics and composition:

‘Taste of Peppermint’ was the first song that I wrote and recorded after I moved and had set my studio back up in the new house. Lyrically the song deals with the bittersweet feelings that come with taking a chance, making a change, and a leap forward, unsure of where you’re going to land, but coming out the other side knowing that nothing can ever seem quite the same as it used to seem and learning to live with the changes. Musically it was one of those songs that just came together reasonably effortlessly, I still have no idea how I came up with that weird drum/synth break in the intro, sometimes you just have to let your brain go on autopilot and show you what’s swimming around your own subconscious.

The track featured on TWINS’ self titled LP scheduled for release May 4th. For further listening on the new record, listen the tracks “Glass Breaks Glass”, and “Stuck” here.

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The Damned Premiere Their Cautionary Croon “Look Left”


Punk legends The Damned have followed up their last single “Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow”  with the video for the politically minded cautionary croon “Look Left”; a song that wonders while we are with our heads turned in distraction: “what the hell is happening right?”

Read more about the new single, and the new album’s chart success in the band’s official press release below:

British punk rock icons The Damned are on course to enter the UK album chart in the top 10 for the first time in their 41 year career. Their Visconti produced album ‘Evil Spirits’ is actually sitting in the Top 5 in today’s midweek numbers.

Despite scoring numerous chart-topping singles, their highest charting album, ‘Phantasmagoria’ in 1985, just missed the top ten spot and peaked at number 11. History is in the making this week, however, with the Friday the 13th release of the critically-acclaimed ‘Evil Spirits’, the band’s first full album release in ten years, as its mid-week sales show it racing into the top ten.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” laughs frontman Dave Vanian. “But it feels great to finally get there as it’s been a long time coming. We’ve had lots of top ten singles but never an album. Even when ‘Eloise’ was a big hit we were pipped to the number one spot by a novelty song by (British comedy actor and singer) Su Pollard! This time we’ve had Kylie and the Manics to compete with. A huge thanks to the fans, of course, without whom this record would never have been made. It feels amazing to finally get it out there.”

Today the band release a new video for new single, Look Left, filmed at the legendary Camden venue, Koko. ‘Look Left’ is The Damned at their most epic and grandiose; a sweeping sugar-coated mind-grenade, addressing post-millennial society’s “media-induced coma” over lush vocal melodies and show tune theatrics. Written by drummer Pinch as a love song to the human race, the lush balladry holds a heavy lyrical theme within.

Evil Spirits available now, has a distinctly old school feel to it, reminiscent of the Black Album/Strawberries era of the band, which is appropriate given the return of bassist Paul Gray to the lineup, who performed on both those albums.

The Damned are supporting the Hollywood Vampires (Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp) at the following UK dates:

  • June 16th Birmingham Genting Arena
  • June 17th Manchester Arena
  • June 19th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
  • June 20th London The SSE Arena, Wembley

And at the following headline shows in August:

  • August 22nd Southampton, 02 Guildhall
  • August 23rd Holmfirth, Holmfirth Picture House
  • August 24th Warrington, Warrington Parr Hall
  • August 25th Belfast, Belsonic Festival



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Choir Boy Premiere the video for “Sunday Light”


Ahead of their tour with Cold Cave, Dais Record’s act Choir Boy have released their breathtakingly cinematic and transcendently beautiful video for “Sunday Light”—a track that showcases singer Adam Klopp’s saintly vocal range that is somewhere between Jimmy Somerville of Bronski Beat, and Anohni of Antony and the Johnsons.

The video directed by Jordan Utley & Josh Fletcher features a melange of religious imagery in a small town setting—hinting at sexual repression and shame as a dark figured on the verge of collapse ambles down the street  while tarred and feathered.

Choir Boy was the epithet given to called singer/songwriter Adam Klopp in his early teens when he fronted punk cover bands in Cleveland, Ohio. Intended as an insult, Klopp later embraced the nickname, while leaving his religious upbringing behind as he immersed himself in SLC’s underground music and art scene, forming his his new band Choir Boy.

Klopp explains:

“It seemed funny to me as sort of a comical reclamation of the mocking title I received from punk peers as a teen. While serving as a weird reflection of my childhood and musical heritage.”

Grab the fantastic  7″ of Sunday Light from the band during their tour with Cold Cave and Black Marble, or order it now here.

Tour Dates:

  • May 29 – San Jose – The Ritz
  • May 30- San Francisco – Great American Music Hall
  • June 1- Seattle – Tractor Tavern
  • June 2 – Portland – Hawthorne Theatre
  • June 4 – Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge
  • June 5 – Denver – Marquis Theater
  • June 7 – St. Paul – Turf Club
  • June 8 – Chicago – Thalia Hall
  • June 9 – Detroit – El Club
  • June 11 – Toronto – Lee’s Palace
  • June 12 – Montreal – Theatre Fairmount
  • June 13 – Boston – Paradise Rock Club
  • June 14 – Brooklyn – Warsaw
  • June 15 – Philadelphia – Union Transfer
  • June 16 – Washington DC – Black Cat
  • June 17 – Richmond – The Broadberry
  • June 19 – Durham – Motorco Music Hall
  • June 20 – Atlanta – Terminal West
  • June 22 – Houston – White Oak Music Hall
  • June 23 – Dallas – Trees
  • June 24 – Austin – Barracuda
  • June 27 – Phoenix – Crescent Ballroom
  • June 28 – Las Vegas – Bunkouse Saloon
  • June 29 – San Diego – The Music Box
    June 30 – Los Angeles – Fonda Theater

 



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La Secte Du Futur Perform an Exorcism in “Le Chaos Des Esprits”


Paris’ La Secte Du Futur perform an exorcism in their video for “Le Chaos Des Esprits”, a track culled from their latest album Wounded Princes.

The song is the crowning achievement of an album that radiates with the warm reverb, pulsing bass, jangly guitars, and fervent vocals that are the trademark of the “touching pop” that came out France’s 1980s cold-wave scene that featured luminaries such as Little Nemo, Asylum Party, and Mary Goes Round.

Indeed, the choral styled vocals carry the song to anthemic heights that could inspire someone to be both a martyr and a bannerman.

The album has its official release party April 13th in Paris where the band is set to be performing for the first time in almost two years with their label mates Dune Messiah.

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Wounded Princes is out now via Third Coming Records (with slight delays on the vinyl edition)

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Tracklist:

  1. Les Saints De Glace (Digital Only)
  2. Reset All Memories
  3. First Men On The Moon
  4. Le Chaos Des Esprits
  5. Rise And Fall Of The Ottoman Empire
  6. Checkmate From The Sky
  7. Anthem For Fire
  8. Heart Pioneers
  9. Sons Of Proteus
  10. Noire Mélopée
  11. Hundreds Songs Of Love



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Ladytron Premiere Their Video for “The Animals”


Ladytron have premiered the video for their fantastic single “The Animals”, to be featured on a yet to be named sixth studio album that the band have scheduled to record between May and June in the UK.

The video for “The Animals” was directed by Fernando Nogari and shot with a local cast in Brazil, to which Daniel Hunt, a founding member of Ladytron, describes  as “a love letter to São Paulo”.

Read more about the video’s production and the new album here in the interview Hunt did with Noisey Brazil.

The members of Ladytron, from left to right: Daniel Hunt, Mira Aroyo, Helen Marnie, and Reuben Wu. Photo courtesy of Magnum PR

Ladytron previously had been on an extended hiatus—where in the interim singer Helen Marnie released two solo albums. The first was 2013’s Crystal World, which was issued via legendary Belgian imprint Les Disques Du Crépuscule, and featured remixes by Mark Reeder and Stephen Morris.

The second Strange Words and Weird Wars which was released in 2017and featured the singles Alphabet Block, Lost Maps, and Electric Youth.

You can pre-order ‘The Animals” limited edition seven inch vinyl here and support the new album via Pledge Music



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Greek Cold-Wave Duo Selofan Premiere the Video for “Give Me A Reason”


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.

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Selofan will be on tour in April and May 2018 supporting their label mates Lebanon Hanover, who have just released their fantastic new album Let Them Be Alien, which you can watch the video for the album’s first single “Alien” here.

Tour Dates:

  • April 13 | Oberhausen – DE | Kulttempel
  • April 14 | Leipzig – DE | Conne Island
  • April 20 | Frankfurt – DE | Das Bett
  • April 21 | Strasbourg – FR | La Laiterie
  • April 26 | London – UK | Academy Islington
  • April 27 | Barcelona – ES | Sala Upload
  • April 17 | Paris – FR | La Machine du Moulin Rouge (Fabrika Fest)
  • May 11 | Athens – GR | Gagarin 205
  • May 12 | Thessaloniki – GR | 8Ball



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Los Angeles’ Dark Post-Punk Outfit Night Nail Premiere “Little Armenia”


Los Angeles based dark post-punk outfit Night Nail are back with the first single from their upcoming album LA Demons.

With it’s stark and grainy black and white video, “Little Armenia” is an unapologetically gothic rock song inspired by a small area of Los Angeles called by the same name.

Vocalist Brandon Robert wrote this song about his fallen brother, who would warn him that:

For the heart,

love is equal parts poison as it is medicine.

LA Demons is out  on April 10th via Cleopatra Records.

 



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Thousand Foot Whale Claw Premiere “Black Hole Party” – Post-Punk.com


Austin based experimental collective Thousand Foot Whale Claw is back with a new 6 track LP.

The supergroup, featuring members of  S U R V I V E, Troller, Single Lash, and Future Museums,  is premiering with us today “Black Hole Party”—the title track from the upcoming release.

The music’s accompanying cinematic video captures a subdued  and atmospheric surrealism with Kubrickian camera tracking following dancers in an almost dreamlike voyeurism.

Black Hole Party is out on June 29th, 2018 through Holodeck Records.

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Wax Idols are Goths Hanging out in a Cemetery in their video for “Mausoleum” – Post-Punk.com


Oakland post-punk quartet Wax Idols are back with the video for “Mausoleum” from their fourth and forthcoming album Happy Ending. In the Dalton Townsend filmed video, Wax Idols maestro Hether Fortune channels her inner goth, while hanging out at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.

About the video Wax Idols’ Fortune says,

“We made this video ourselves with our friend Dalton Townsend and an old Sony Hi8 camcorder. The Monty Python-esque shenanigans are meant to stand in contrast to the bleak environment and subject matter of the song: life carries on after tragedy, but even though you learn to live with the pain of loss, it never really goes away. ‘Mausoleum’ is a song about that feeling—when a memory or random experience has you unexpectedly thinking again about a loved one, and it almost feels like they’ve come back, just for a moment.”

Happy Ending, out May 16th, is an exploration of the abstraction and finality of death from philosophical, political, and personal perspectives. The painting on the cover of a figure mourning is by Oakland artist Lena Gustafson, whose work focuses on what she has described as “how memories are stored in the body.” Fortune says the band picked her to create the art because her work is “post-body, which has a lot to do with what our album is about.”

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Wax Idols tour dates:

  • 4.14 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco , CA
  • 6.1 | Red Museum | Sacramento, CA
  • 6.2 | The Holland Project | Reno, NV
  • 6.4 | Neurolux | Boise, ID
  • 6.6 | The Astoria | Vancouver, B.C.
  • 6.7 | Barboza | Seattle, WA
  • 6.8 | Cryptatropa | Olympia, WA
  • 6.9 | Tonic Lounge | Portland, OR
  • 6.15 | Eli’s Mile High Club | Oakland, CA
  • 6.16 | The Hi Hat | Los Angeles, CA



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