The Joy Thieves Sign To Armalyte Records And Announce ‘THIS WILL KILL THAT’ EP
MINISTRY’S CHRIS CONNELLY FEATURES ON THE BAND’S DEBUT RELEASE, DUE OUT ON 28 JUNE 2019.
Chicago-based Industrial Rock supergroup The Joy Thieves have joined forces with the UK’s leading alternative label Armalyte Industries and will be releasing their ‘This Will Kill That’ debut on 28 June 2019.
With over 30 active members, The Joy Thieves ever-growing, shape-shifting line-up includes current, former and touring members of Ministry, Stabbing Westward, Revolting Cocks, Pigface, Marilyn Manson, The Dead Boys, Blue October, Chant, Cocksure, The Lords Of Acid, Skatenigs, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Mary’s Window, Machines Of Loving Grace and more. The Joy Thieves' sound consists of huge, memorable riffs combined with dangerous, industrial strength punk invective that easily rivals Killing Joke at their finest.
Commenting on the newest addition to the Armalyte roster, the label’s head of A&R, Giles Moorhouse, explains; “To us, it feels as though The Joy Thieves transcend the traditional notion of what a “supergroup” can be. Rather than a potential car-crash of colliding agendas and egos, The Joy Thieves sound like a finely-honed collective with the singular purpose of kicking your arse whilst lodging themselves firmly in your brain. ‘This Will Kill That’ is just the beginning, and we’re massively excited to unleash their spectacular debut on the world.”
‘This Will Kill That’ Tracklist:
1. Joy Thieves
2. This Will Kill That
3. Chemical Dreams
4. Tempting the Flames
5. Violent Lucidity
6. Honeycomb and Silk
“I wanted to do something big. When I saw how tall Dan (Milligan) is, I knew it was the right project for me. Also I hate Joy.” – Marcus Eliopulos
“When Dan asked me if I wanted to be a part of The Joy Thieves, my first visceral reaction was ‘Absolutely not. No way in Hell.” To this day I stand by that statement. It was horrible working with him and Matt Clark this first time around, and I cannot wait to repeat that miserable experience.” – Howie Beno
“Dan and Matt (Clark) had apparently been stalking me in my early days, while I was involved in various groups that they thought were really amazing – Machines Of Loving Grace, Stabbing Westward, Two Jacks and a Jill, and Pigface. Many have said this. Good people. Dan and Matt thought some of these bands were probably the best bands ever. Many people think this, important people in the industry. So Matt bribed me to do a “session” at his “studio”, in “Austin, Texas”, which was really just a ploy to get me to track something for Dan, while I was there anyways. And then we fell in love.” – Dave Suycott
Toronto Darkwave Act DOUBLE EYELID Announces The Release Of 'A Means To An End'
June 7, 2019 - At the advent of their summer west-coast tour, Toronto-based darkwave band DOUBLE EYELID are very pleased to announce the release of their new single. Titled "A Means To An End" the track is the first new release from the project since the 2016 remix album BROKEN MIRROR. The song is also the first track to feature current guitarist Sky Shaver, who has been performing live with the band on and off for the last several years.
Stream “A Means To And End” on Bandcamp HERE:
The single release also features a killer remix by the legendary Claus Larsen of LEAETHER STRIP & KLUTAE. Asked about the track and his process Claus remarks: “I was very happy to get to remix this great band. It's very inspiring to get to fiddle with well composed songs and put a different perspective on it. A great song like this can take my "abuse”."
DOUBLE EYELID are about to embark on their first tour of the US, hitting the west coast in June (dates below) and the east coast in August. For more details, please see their website at doubleeyelidmusic.com or the social links below.
Glam, goth, gutter: DOUBLE EYELID was formed in Toronto in 2009 as a vehicle for the songs and vision of lead singer and central band member Ian Revell.
Initially an arty post-punk project formed with a couple of close friends (Karl Mohr – also known for his Dead Red Velvet project – and Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip) a couple of fateful decisions made in 2011 shifted the project firmly in the ‘goth’ direction. The first was to abandon the use of a drummer in favour of a drum machine, both live and in the studio. The second was to collaborate with horror filmmaker Steven Cerritos on the band’s first single and video “Dead is Better.” Released in July 2012 this video marked Double Eyelid’s true international debut and was featured by MuchMusic, Canada’s equivalent to MTV, and covered on numerous blogs worldwide.
After multiple delays the release of the band’s first full-length album “Seven Years” in July 2014 was met with instant acclaim around the world. Noted goth journalist Mick Mercer hailed the album as a “dark classic” that was “easily one of the year’s best”, while Terra Relicta Webzine ranked it #11 in their list of the top 20 albums of 2014. Shortly thereafter DOUBLE EYELID signed with DeadFall Management for UK and European booking and promotion.
In February 2015 DOUBLE EYELID were included on Oskar Terramortis’s popular 33 Goth Bands You Should Know compilation. May 2015 saw the release of the band’s second video, for the song “Black Box.” Directed by Japanese filmmaker Keishi Kondo it has a surrealistic film noir feel reminiscent of David Lynch’s Eraserhead. A month later DOUBLE EYELID supplied a live soundtrack for the classic film THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI in a special one-off performance featuring Ian Revell and Karl Mohr.
Released in February 2016 DOUBLE EYELID’s second release “Broken Mirror” is a remix album that was hailed in Louder Than War (UK) as a “minor masterpiece” in its own right and features bold new reinterpretations of DOUBLE EYELID tracks by goth and industrial artists from around the world, including Leaether Strip, Psyche, nTTx, Tyler Milchmann and others.
Now joined by guitarist Sky Shaver DOUBLE EYELID is currently gigging regularly and working on the long-awaited follow-up to Seven Years, which is tentatively titled “Skeleton Key.”
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