Dependent Records Announces The Release of German Electronic/Industrial Act FIX8 SED8's WARNING SIGNS
June 10, 2019 - Dependent Records (GER) is very proud to present the follow-up to FIX8 SED8's critically acclaimed 2017 release FOREN6.
WARNING SIGNS will be released on June 14, 2019, on CD, ltd. edition box and digital formats.
Check out the new video for “Empyrean” HERE:
After the success of his 2017 album "Foren6", Martin Sane's Electronic/Industrial project Fïx8:Sëd8 is about to outgrow its cocoon. It has the potential to become that fully fledged industrial music project that might spearhead a resurrection of the traditional electronic industrial sound as formerly endorsed by cult-acts like Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly or Mentallo & The Fixer in the 90ties. While we are writing this info Sane is touring together with labelmates 2nd Face in South America (!), preparing his European touring activities to go along with what might become one of the strongest "Old school" electronic-industrial releases in 2019: WARNING SIGNS.
The writing is on the wall in more than one way: Martin Sane's look at early indications of a dystopic downturn of our peaceful society echoes in our news almost daily. The notion of insecurity and angst starts to foster and grow in various places on the earth, from North America to Europe to Southeast-Asia. His new album is a soundtrack to a modern dystopic downfall that we would rather ignore than face.
Musically WARNING SIGNS is so old school that it could almost be called a "Retro Industrial" album; it includes all ingredients that made industrial breathtaking in the 80ies. Vocal samples, complex drum programming and big strings mixed with structures that remind of old Skinny Puppy cult songs like "Inquisition" or "Addiction". Like their originals these songs need repeated listening to sink in and unfold their potential. But what amazes most is the contradiction between the theme of the album and its sound. How can something sounding so "retro" tackle problems that are so recent?
Can we afford to ignore these warning signs?
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Today it’s exactly 40 years ago since Joy Division released their debut studio album Unknown Pleasures (15 June 1979).
Today it’s exactly XXXYEARSXXX years ago since Joy Division released their debut studio album Unknown Pleasures (15 June 1979) on the renowned label Factory Records. The album was recorded and mixed in only three successive weekends in April of the same year and was produced by Martin Hannet who incorporated a number of unconventional recording and production techniques into the group's sound.
The cover artwork was designed by artist Peter Saville while the centre sleeve depicts "100 consecutive pulses from the pulsar CP 1919" as found by Bernard Sumner in The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy (See more about the artwork in the video below)
It is the only Joy Division album that was released during lead singer Ian Curtis's lifetime.
Initially, sales of Unknown Pleasures were slow until the release of the non-album single, 'Transmission'. The album sold over 5000 copies within the first week of it's release, 20.000 copies were sold within the first year. However the album did not chart until it was reissued after the suicide of singer Ian Curtis. Then the album peaked at #71 in the UK Album Charts in August 1980 while it reached No.2 in the UK indie charts and spent 136 weeks in the chart in total. Factory Records did not release any singles from Unknown Pleasures,
It has since received sustained critical acclaim as an influential post-punk album and has been named as one of the best albums of all-time by publications such as NME, AllMusic, Select and Spin.
Instead of side A and B the sides were named Outside and Inside.
Unknown Pleasures - tracklist
2. Day Of The Lords
5. New Dawn Fades
1. She’s Lost Control
5. I Remember Nothing
Today, 41 years ago, Joy Division self-released their very first 7' EP, An Ideal For Living!
Today, 41 years ago, Joy Division self-released their very first EP, An Ideal For Living! All four tracks were recorded in just one day at the Pennine Sound studios in Oldham, UK, on 14th December 1977 and released as a 7” on the band’s own Enigma label. The band self-financed this recording on a budget of £400.
The original release was pressed as 1000 copies and sold out by September the same year.
While the band was still known as Warsaw during the recording sessions for this release, they changed their name to Joy Division before the release took place.
The sleeve was printed on a 14' x 14' piece of thin cardstock and then folded into four squares. The front cover has a black-and-white Hitler Youth member beating a drum, which was drawn by guitarist Bernard Sumner and their bandname printed in a German gothic style blackletter font. The cover design, coupled with the nature of the band's name, fuelled controversy over whether the band had Nazi sympathies. When the EP was re-released on 12-inch vinyl, the original cover was replaced by artwork featuring scaffolding.
Numerous counterfeit editions of this release exist. Only the original vinyl has serrated vinyl around the label and different contours on the label.
Today, original copies are being traded between collectors and fans for prices from € 1500 to a stunning almost € 3000!
An Ideal For Living - Tracklist
No Love Lost
Leaders Of Men
UK's Electronic-Pop Band EMPATHY TEST Announce The Release of EMPTY-HANDED EP
23rd May 2019 - UK Electronic-Pop band EMPATHY TEST is pleased to announce the release of their limited edition EP, EMPTY-HANDED
Availble on limited edition digipack CD, 7" vinyl and digital formats on 20th June!
Following the success of double A-side single, "Holy Rivers / Incubation Song", which has racked up over 150,000 streams on Spotify since its October release and was praised by Clash Music for its “shimmering synths, glacial electronics, and heartrending vocals”, London synthpop group EMPATHY TEST returns with a second, tantalising taste of their upcoming third album, in the form of new single "Empty-Handed.”
2. A River Loves a Stone
3. Empty-handed (TRAAPS Remix)
4. A River Loves a Stone (Ari Mason Remix)
Empty-Handed presents another sonic leap forward for a band that has never been one to tread water when it comes to their sound, presenting a harder, darker style whilst simultaneously tipping their proverbial hat to the Synthwave scene that helped launch their career back in 2014. An arpeggiated synthesizer provides a relentless momentum from the get-go, while the deceptively simple composition gradually builds to its epic conclusion.
Opening line, “My heart is an empty vessel / Drifting out to sea” sets the tone both lyrically and emotionally. It’s about being unable to give a partner the emotional support or commitment they need and the feeling of emptiness that comes with that. As always, Empathy Test delivers a perfect marriage of music and emotion, the sudden flourishes of strings and synthesizers rushing past like spirits in the night.
There’s a sense of urgency here that has not been present previously, as well as an innate confidence that suggests the third album, which comes after the simultaneous release of two debut albums Losing Touch (Remastered) and Safe From Harm in November 2017 and is slated for release in early September, might just be the band’s most accomplished to date."
UK tour with Actors
June 20, 2019 - Trillians - Newcastle
June 21, 2019 - Voodoo Rooms - Edinburgh
June 22, 2019 - Ivory Blacks - Glasgow
June 23, 2019 - FAC251 - Manchester
June 26, 2019 - Maze - Nottingham
June 27, 2019 - Esquires - Bedford
June 28, 2019 - Slade Rooms - Wolverhampton
June 29, 2019 - O2 Academy Islington - London
June 30, 2019 - Exchange - Bristol
June 09, 2019 Wave Gotik Treffen, Germany
Aug 11, 2019 Mera Luna, Germany
Aug 15, 2019 W-Festival, Belgium
North American tour with Aesthetic Perfection
Sept 06, 2019 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA
Sept 07, 2019 - Club Red - Mesa, AZ
Sept 08, 2019 - Rock House - El Paso, TX
Sept 12, 2019 - Amp Room - San Antonio, TX
Sept 13, 2019 - Elysium - Austin, TX
Sept 14, 2019 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Sept 15, 2019 - The Church - Dallas, TX
Sept 17, 2019 - The Goat - New Orleans, LA
Sept 18, 2019 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
Sept 19, 2019 - The 926 Bar - Tallahassee, FL
Sept 20, 2019 - The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
Sept 21, 2019 - Will’s - Orlando, FL
Sept 24, 2019 - The Milestone - Charlotte, NC
Sept 25, 2019 - Fallout - Richmond, VA
Sept 26, 2019 - Dangerous Pies - Washington, DC
Sept 27, 2019 - Voltage Lounge - Philadelphia, PA
Sept 28, 2019 - The Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
Sept 29, 2019 - ONCE Ballroom - Boston, MA
Sept 30, 2019 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
Oct 01, 2019 - Coalition - Toronto, ON
Oct 02, 2019 - Howlers - Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 03, 2019 - The Event Center - Cincinnati, OH
Oct 04, 2019 - Small’s - Detroit, MI
Oct 05, 2019 - Reggie’s - Chicago, IL
Oct 06, 2019 - Club Anything - Milwaukee, WI
Oct 07, 2019 - Warehouse - LaCrosse, WI
Oct 08, 2019 - Red Sea Lounge - Minneapolis, MN
Oct 09, 2019 - Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
Oct 11, 2019 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Oct 12, 2019 - Area 51 - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 14, 2019 - Pub 340 - Vancouver, BC
Oct 15, 2019 - Highline - Seattle, WA
Oct 16, 2019 - Paris Theater - Portland, OR
Oct 18, 2019 - Brick and Mortar - San Francisco, CA
Oct 19, 2019 - Lodge Room - Los Angeles, CA
Since Empathy Test’s conception in January 2013, the independent London electronic pop duo has produced two stunning, four-track EPs and a steady stream of memorable singles which have won them both critical acclaim and a legion of dedicated fans worldwide. Their unique brand of cinematic synth pop has been featured by the likes of Vice, Netflix, HBO, MTV, XFM, KCRW, BBC Introducing, Clash, Idolator, Earmilk, PopMatters and many more.
In 2017, the band began a crowd funding campaign to fund the self-release of two debut albums, ‘Losing Touch’ and ‘Safe From Harm’. The PledgeMusic campaign was 661% funded and the band raised over £26K to release the two albums via digital, CD and vinyl formats. To date, Empathy Test has sold nearly 1,500 copies of each album on CD and 300 on vinyl.
After touring extensively in Europe and beyond, Empathy Test released the first taste of their forthcoming third album (set for release in September 2019) in October 2018, in the form of a new double a-side single Holy Rivers / Incubation Song. Clash Music wrote that the new material, featuring "shimmering synths, glacial electronics, and heartrending vocals", illuminated the band's "potent creativity".
Empathy Test are childhood friends Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production). Isaac performs their songs live with the help of Christina Lopez (drums) and Samuel Winter-Quick (keyboards).
"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." —David Bowie
The talent that lay behind the monochrome eyes of David Bowie was not just his obvious gift for creating memorable songs, it was in fact his unique view of life and existence that separated him from us. Sometimes he did not always hit the intended mark, however when he did he rose above not only decipherable genres of music but art itself. This factor is omnipresent in his 1974, flamboyant and deadly Diamond Dogs.
This post-apocalyptic nightmare, was Bowie’s breakaway album from the Spiders from Mars. It was essential that the Spiders imploded for Bowie to push forward into new areas, this was his cut and run from glam rock and his Ziggy Stardust foil, guitarist Mick Ronson. Though the album itself is a drastically different approach which had capitulated Bowie's previous work, his earlier characters of Aladdin Sane and Ziggy, though dead, still made their spectral prescience felt on moments of the album. The front cover picture of Bowie with his Ziggy-like haircut was one give away, the sci-fi subject still at the fore another, but the style had shifted dramatically as did the delivery.
Diamond Dogs is a fur covered Clockwork Orange style rampage through an abysmal futurescape of drugs, murder and sex. It drips with a steel tongued punk attitude, a proto-ambient dash of the new wave to come. The reuniting with Tony Visconti as producer was another plus in helping the albums rock conception and complicated structure, getting it to number one in the UK and the amassed critical praise that followed the album then and now.
From the unearthly opening-‘Future Legends' heralds the album as it launches with a terrifying howl. An ambient and ominous music flows in the background, Bowie's vocal in and out of phase as he talks you through the new Manhattan, now renamed Hunger City. With a macabre nursery rhyme of children's voices, monstrous sounds and finally crowd kicks in and a recording of a live audience screaming and Bowies shiver down spine opening line-"This Ain't Rock and Roll, This Is Genocide!".
Into the title track and the introduction of a new character-"Halloween Jack". With a Stones/Stooges sounding guitar, simple in its approach which makes it all the more enjoyable and relatable. "Diamond Dogs" does feature some of David Bowie's most remarkable songs, such at the infectious 'Rebel Rebel' containing his own memorable guitar lick.
Then there is the punk avant garde of ‘Sweet Thing’ and its midway segue-'Candidate' an act of brilliance in both style and lyrics. Remaining q fan favourite even today,the lyrics sang in a seedy swagger.The bisexual question compounded even more so here-"If you want it, boys, get it here thing 'Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing"
The middle section ‘Candidate’ features a strong example of Bowie’s attempts at a William S.Burroughs style cut and shut lyrics. Resulting in taking random lines and phrases and putting them into some order that makes sense, here to devastating effect as a distorted guitar leads the concerto;"I'm having so much fun with the poisonous people, Spreading rumors and lies and stories they made up, Some make you sing and some make you scream!”
The original conception of Diamond Dogs was designed to be a rock opera based on the George Orwell novel '1984'. Some of the obvious elements of which still exist on the latter half of the album in the songs 'Big Brother' and of course '1984'. The refusal by the widow of George Orwell-Sonia, to let the project take fruition does not in any way detract from the greatness of the album. Suffering in a way from the similar faith of The Who and Pete Townshend's breakdown triggering 'Lifehouse', a 48 track quadruple album, aborted for the more slimline and rock friendly 'Who's Next'. Bowie, in this case took it on the chin and thankfully continued to create the album.
The coke fueled assault, the music as an art form with a midas touch had came to fruition once again, another classic to add to canon of excellence David Bowie was building. More controversy via the cover this time instead of the subject matter. The album cover released as a gatefold image by Belgian painter Guy Peellaert, the front, Bowie-Ziggy like, resting whilst the back cover revealing that Bowie had the body of a dog, complete with a prominent penis. Some airbrushing rendering Bowie's canine groin smooth and blank. This risqué cover was quickly withdrawn, instantly becoming a collectors item.
The tour for the album, the most elaborate so far,a little over a million (nowadays) per set. With a stage itself a replica of 'Hunger City', along with the elaborate stage props. After two months of rehearsals, the tour kicked off in June 1974,running until August while the month was taken off. Bowie worked on his next skin shedding project, his plastic soul era.When the tour resumed the set was scrapped,the tour name changed to 'The Soul Tour', although the 'Diamond Dogs' era was over as quick as it started, the songs remained in his set, the idea and direction of his next project-Young Americans.