Belgian post-punk outfit Whispering Sons has announced their long-awaited debut album 'Image'!
Belgian post-punk outfit Whispering Sons has announced their long-awaited debut album 'Image'. Comprised of ten tracks, it will be available on CD and digitally via PIAS/ Cleopatra Records.
This is the first major release for this Brussels-based outfit since their 'Endless Party' EP in 2015. This new release represents what the band describes as a "giant leap forward". Together with producer Micha Volders and engineer/co-producer Bert Vliegen, the band used their time in the studio as a means to broaden their sound, enriching it with acoustic drums and a whole range of synthesizers.
This album, recorded over a period of ten days at GAM Studios in Belgium, evokes an atmosphere that is ominous and urging, while capturing the band's live intensity. Mixed by Bert Libeert (Goose, B, Raving George - Charlotte de Witte) at Jetson Studio and mastered by Frederik Dejongh (Hooverphonic) at Jerboa Mastering, this work is tinged with angst and isolation. Lyrically these songs stem from alienation, distance and inertia.
The songs on 'Image' were written after the band collectively moved to Brussels in 2016. Between intense touring, they channeled their new ideas into the music found on this album. Feeding on the dynamics of the city, the tracks unveil feelings of alienation and distance. 'Image' is a motionless state, in which observations overshadow actions. It reflects the artificiality of things, yet still desperately clings on to ideals and obsessions, something which is also strengthened by the cover artwork, created of Flor Maesen.
Whispering Sons won Belgium's prestigious Rock Rally in 2016, the same national contest that launched the career of dEUS. Since then they released several 7 inches - 'Performance/Strange Identities' (2016) and 'White Noise' (2017), and the 'Endless Party' EP. Touring extensively in Europe, they've developed a reputation for their animated performances.
As of 19th October, the 'Image' LP will be available everywhere.
In October, Whispering Sons will open for The Soft Moon during a series of dates in Spain and Portugal, before playing several shows with Gang of Four and headlining a series of European live dates in November in support of this album.
2. Got A Light
5. No Time
10. No Image
Oct. 10 Barcelona, Spain - La  De Apolo (with The Soft Moon)
Oct. 11 Madrid, Spain - Sala Copérnico (with The Soft Moon)
Oct. 12 Lisbon, Portugal - RCA Club (with The Soft Moon)
Oct. 13 Porto, Porgugal - Hard Club (with The Soft Moon)
Oct. 19 Rotterdam, Netherlands - Left of the Dial Festival
Oct. 20 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
Oct. 22 Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dutch Design Week
Oct. 24 Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun (with Gang of Four)
Oct. 25 Den Haag, Netherlands - Paard van Troje (with Gang of Four)
Oct. 31 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Sugarfactory
Nov. 2 Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu
Nov. 3 Bochum, Germany - Kulturbahnhof
Nov. 9 Cologne, Germany - Gebaüde 9
Nov. 10 Namur, Belgium - Belvédère
Nov. 21 Paris, France - Olympic Café
Nov. 24 Turin, Italy - Padiglione 14
Nov. 25 Vignola, Italy - Circolo Arci Ribalta
Nov. 27 Budapest, Hungary - Dürer Kert
Nov. 29 Prague, Czech Republic - Meetfactory
Dec. 1 Genk, Belgium - Sinner's Day Festival (Limburghal)
Dec. 8 Turnhout, Belgium - Kuub
Dec. 14 Gent, Belgium - De Centrale
Jan. 18 Hannover, Germany - LUX
Jan. 19 Hamburg, Germany - Das Bett
Jan. 25 Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
Jan. 26 Leipzig, Germany - Moritzbastei
Feb. 2 Hasselt, Belgium - Muziekodroom
Mar. 29 Leicester, UK - Darker Days 2019
Since 2015's debut EP Heartworm, Melbourne industrialists Kollaps have continued to refine their brand of harsh and viscerally raw post-industrial noise. Their hard hitting release SIBLING LOVERS, an LP that intensifies the conflict between the dichotomy of confusion and control cemented what claws at the core of Kollaps' sound.
The bands' distinctive sound, jarring textures and crude tones are created using re-appropriated waste materials like scrap metal, raw plastics and steel beams. For the band, this isn't an empty gesture but instead a way to quite literally use the detritus of postmodern society against itself. Kollaps continue to push the traditional boundaries of what it means to be a "band" whilst engaging the audience in an audible blood-letting and physical exorcism that invokes all the senses.
The bands' intensity and provocation as performers has built Kollaps a reputation for both ferocious live shows and confrontational performances. Their tyrannical stage presence and strident energy continues to steadily attract raucous crowds around Australia and Europe. Kollaps have proved themselves alongside some of the best local and intentional underground performers [Brighter Death Now, Trepaneringsritualen, Youth Code, Armour Group, Military Position, Operant].
This October sees Kollaps embark on a savage European tour of 13 countries and will also see them play WROCLAW Festival in Poland alongside heavyweights like Pharmakon, The Soft Moon, Blixa Bargeld & Teho Teardo and Monolith.
KOLLAPS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES 2018
Thu 25 Oct - Brussels, Belgium - Magazin 4
Fri 26 Oct - Hamburg, Germany - MS Stubnitz w/ Brighter Death Now
Sat 27 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Mayhem
Sun 28 Oct - Stockholm, Sweden - Slaktkyrkan
Mon 29 Oct - Malmö, Sweden - Babel w/ Brighter Death Now
Tues 30 Oct - Aarhus, Denmark - Tape
Thur 1 Nov - Poznań, Poland - LAS
Fri 2 Nov - WROCLAW INDUSTRIAL FESTIVAL w/ Pharmakon, Clock DVA, Blixa Bargeld
Sun 4 Nov - Łódź, Poland - Klub Dom
Mon 5 Nov - Warsaw, Poland - Chmury
Tue 6 Nov - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Jeden Teg
Wed 7 Nov - Zagreb, Croatia - Kset
Thu 8 Nov - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Klub Gromka
Fri 9 Nov - Vienna, Austria - Wien Arena w/ Pharmakon
Sat 10 Nov - Bratislava, Slovakia - Klub Fuga
Sun 11 Nov - Kosice, Slovakia - TBC
Mon 12 Nov - Hungary, Budapest - Lumen Kavezo
Tues 13 - Miskolc, Hungary- Tinta
Wed 14 - Trnava, Slovakia - Kubik
Thur 15 - Linz, Austria - Klub Kapu w/ Hide
Fri 16 - Prague, Czech Republic - Underdogs'
Sat 17 - Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree
Mon 19 - Frankfurt, Germany - INM Bunker
Tues 20- Kortrijk, Belgium - The Pit's
Wed 21 - Cologne, Germany - MTC Cologne w/ Hide
Thu 22 - Lille, France - Imposture Bar
Fri 23 - Paris, France - TBC w/ Trepaneringsritualen
Sat 24 - Antwerp, Belgium - Het Bos w/ Trepaneringsritualen
Sun 25 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - WORM w/ Trepaneringsritualen
*Dates subject to change
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - a modern adaption of Shakespeare's comedy play - out on iTunes and Amazon!
Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia....Maybe this story sounds familiar to some of you.
William Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, written in 1595/96, is one of his most popular plays with its multilayered examination of love and its vagaries. Director Casey Wilder Mott takes the characters from the partriachal society of Athens to the modern city of Los Angeles. He successfully overcomes the gap between a story from the Elizabethan Age and present-day problems. The movie is an inventive and humourous journey through time taking you from the world of modern electronic devices to the old Shakespearean rhyme schemes and back again. This independent film is not only for poets and bards, it definitely arouses interest among the young audience as well and introduces them to the mysterious world of the theatre in quite a fun way.
The movie celebrated its theatrical release last July at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles followed by director and cast Q&As.
The movie is available via iTunes:
Reviews within this magazine
- A SLICE OF LIFE : Restless
- ALVAR : I Sew A Blanket Of All The Broken Clouds
- ANNINA MELISSA : Exhibition of Death
- CHRIS WATSON : Locations Processed
- COLE VARGAS : Cole Vargas
- CRIMEN : Silent Animals
- DICEPEOPLE : One From Many
- EMPIRION : I Am Electronic / Red Noise
- EUROPEAN GHOST : Collection Of Shadows
- KNK : Dead Body Music III
- LEAETHER STRIP : World Molæster
- PHANTOM OF THE BLACK HILLS : Scalped
- RAT SCABIES : Rat Scabies - P.H.D.
- SECTION 25 : Elektra
- SEMIOTICS DEPARTMENT OF HETERONYMS : Semiotics Department of Heteronyms
- SHADOWPARTY : ShadowParty
- SIMI NAH : La Terre est Noire
- THE EXPLODING BOY : Alarms!
Interviews within this magazine
- A SLICE OF LIFE
- DAVID J
- FIRST AID 4 SOULS
- GERTRUD STEIN
- RAT SCABIES (EX THE DAMNED)
- SIGLO XX
German post-punk shoegaze outfit HOLYGRAM has announced their long-awaited debut LP 'Modern Cults'. Comprised of eleven tracks, this album will be released on CD and double vinyl, as well as digitally via Cleopatra Records, on 19th October.
This is the first major release for the Cologne-based outfit since their 2016 self-titled EP. Here, the collective blend new wave and Krautrock with post-punk and shoegaze to achieve headstrong multi-layered bliss. This is a thoroughly contemporary homage to the sound of the '80s with a resolute look to the future - the result is driving, dark and catchy.
Produced by Maurizio Baggio, who also produced The Soft Moon's 'Deeper' and 'Criminal' albums, this long-player was recorded at Cologne's Amen Studios.
HOLYGRAM is Patrick Blümel (vocals), Sebastian Heer (drums), Marius Lansing (guitars), Pilo Lenger (synthesizers) and Bennett Reimann (bass). Formed in 2015, the band's approach to making music references the past, while remaining future-oriented. Hard-to-combine elements cleverly come together to become the soundtrack of a city that appears threatening in the twilight.
The new album intensifies HOLYGRAM's contemplation of themes such as big cities, alienation and anonymity, hope and memories, love and identity. These reflections interact closely with the band's unmistakable signature sound. Atmosphere oscillates between the brutal sounds of the big city and the fragility of the people that lose themselves in it – intelligently observed scenarios of a world falling apart in which individuals have long ceased to play a leading role.
The lead track 'Signals' is cloaked in a new-wave guise that belies an emotionally torn lyric, elevating the deeply melancholy chorus ("Sometimes when I close my eyes I see you walk away / And every time the sun comes up the feeling is the same") to a pop-like anthem, illustrating that in this world people are only cogs in a much bigger, increasingly autonomous machine.
The band recently accompanied British synthpop legends OMD on their 2017 European tour and have played numerous festivals, including Mailfeld Derby, Wave-Gotik-Treffen and New Waves Day. Wrapping themselves in dense wafts of mist and cool lighting on stage, they've made quite a name for themselves on the live circuit.
HOLYGRAM will be touring Europe and US/Canada this Autumn with VNV Nation, as well as DE/VISION for the North American tour. They will hold two release shows - the first, in Cologne on 9th Nov, marks the end of their European tour, while the Los Angeles release show on 14th Nov (at The Viper Room) kicks off their North American tour.
1. Into The Void
2. Modern Cults
3. A Faction
5. Dead Channel Skies
7. Still There
8. Odd Neighbourhood
9. She's Like The Sun
10. Distant Light
EUROPE with VNV Nation
Oct 12 Dresden (DE), Alter Schlachthof
Oct 13 Erfurt (DE), Stadtgarten
Oct 14 Stuttgart (DE), Im Wizemann
Oct 16 Prague (CZE), Futurum
Oct 17 Warsaw (PL), Progresja
Oct 19 Eindhoven (NL), Effenaar
Oct 20 Cologne (DE), E-Werk
Oct 21 Sint Niklaas (BL), De Casino
Oct 23 Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg
Oct 24 Bielefeld (DE), Ringlokschuppen
Oct 26 Berlin (DE), Columbiahalle
Oct 27 Magdeburg (DE), Altes Theater
Oct 28 Munich (DE), Muffathalle
Oct 30 Frankfurt (a.M.) (DE), Batschkapp
Oct 31 Leipzig (DE), Haus Leipzig
Nov 01 Rostock (DE), M.A.U. Club
Nov 02 Hamburg (DE), Mehr Theater am Großmarkt
Nov 03 Albertslund (DK), Forbrændingen
Nov 09 Cologne (DE), Gebäude 9 with Whispering Sons & Swirlpool
Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA The Viper Room
NORTH AMERICA with VNV Nation & DE/VISION
Nov 16 Austin (TX), Barracuda
Nov 17 Houston (TX), White Oak Music Hall
Nov 19 Atlanta (GA), Masquerade
Nov 20 Ft. Lauderdale (FL), Culture Room
Nov 21 St.Petersburg (FL), Jannus Live
Nov 23 Philadelphia (PA), Union Transfer
Nov 24 New York (NY), Irving Plaza
Nov 25 Boston (MA), Royale
Nov 27 Montreal (QC), Corona Theater
Nov 28 Toronto (ON), Danforth Music Hall
Nov 30 Detroit (MI), St. Andrews
Dec 01 Chicago (IL), The Metro
Dec 02 Minneapolis (MN), Skyway Theatre
Dec 04 Denver (CO), The Oriental Theater
Dec 05 Salt Lake City (UT), Metro Music Hall
Dec 07 Seattle (WA), Neptune
Dec 08 Portland (OR), Roseland Theater
Dec 09 Vancouver (BC), Imperial Theatre
Dec 12 San Francisco (CA), Regency Ballroom
Dec 13 Los Angeles (CA), The Wiltern
Dec 14 Tempe (AZ), Marquee
Dec 15 Las Vegas (NV), Backstage Bar