Mirror Man | Mourning The Sad Passing Of Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis - 25/02/19
Today, we mark the sad passing of Talk Talk front man Mark Hollis. One of the most acclaimed innovators of the eighties synth-pop and new wave scene, he rose to prominence with Talk Talk and steered the band until they disbanded in 1992.
They began life as a quartet, consisting of Mark Hollis-vocals/main songwriter, Lee Harris-drums, Paul Webb-bass guitar and keyboardist-Simon Brenner. Comparisons with Duran Duran were quickly shaken off, with a band name consisting of a repeated word, the two shared a glam rock and Roxy Music-inspired musical direction. They also shared the same producer in Colin Thurston although Talk Talk supported Duran Duran on tour in late 1981.
Their first single release-'Mirror Man', hit the streets in February 1982. The single bombed but was quickly followed by their self-titled single in April 1982 which reached No.52 in the UK. After the green shoots appeared the band released their debut album-The Party's Over released in July 1982.
The band had their first UK Top 40 hits with the singles 'Today' (No. 14) and the re-release of 'Talk Talk' (No. 23). These singles also were hits in other countries including Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The re-release of the 'Talk Talk' single reached the U.S. Top 75.
‘The Party's Over was a moderate success in the UK reaching No.21, though reaching top-ten in the UK. Though it was Its My Life in 1984, both the album and same-titled single which broke Talk Talk into the stratosphere of the mainstream.
The genesis of the band continued through lineup changes until 1991, through an experimental phase and the album dark and claustrophobic-Laughing Stock, Talk Talk disbanded, Hollis stated that he wished to focus more on his family.
He did however come back with a self-titled solo album in 1998, though well received Hollis more or less retired fully from music shortly after.
Kevin Burke 25/02/19
A.I. Zero was founded in 2014 and is Maikko Advance (Mind Area, Sceptica, Human Decay member) and Flesh Wire.
They released their first full album on Scent Air Records in 2014. An E.P. followed 2015 with remixes from Armageddon Dildos and Photic Sonar (among others).
Now a furious new EP from A.I. Zero is here!
No Pain Forever is collaborative EP with the German EBM heroes Armageddon Dildos. The title track features the vocal talents of Uwe Kanka, over decades the prolific frontman of Armageddon Dildos. The Dildos also did additional production work on the track.
No Pain Forever
01.No Pain Forever [feat. Armageddon Dildos]
02.No Pain Forever [feat. Armageddon Dildos] – sceptica RMX
04.Soon You`re Mine – The Negativity Bias Remix
05.No Pain Forever [feat. Armageddon Dildos] – TC75 Remix
06.Soon You`re Mine – Photic Sonar Remix
Soon after the release of the E.P. an album named "There Will Be Solutions" will be released in early 2019.
You can download the EP on the link below!
Today, it’s 41 years ago that renowned BBC DJ John Peel broadcast the second John Peel session by Siouxsie & The Banshees
Today, it’s 41 years ago (23 February 1978) that renowned BBC DJ John Peel broadcast the second John Peel session recorded by Siouxsie & The Banshees on 6th February at the BBC studios in Maida Vale. At the time of broadcast all songs where previously unreleased. In fact, their very first release, the 7” Hong Kong Garden, was only released on 18th August that same year.
In 1989 these studio recordings were released by the Strange Fruit label.
The John Peel Sessions (The Second Session)
Hong Kong Garden
February 19th, 2019 - Dark Electronic Duo HOT PINK SATAN has released a seductively enticing official music video for their single, "Breathe." Directed/Filmed/Edited by allinaline, "Breathe" is the pair's second single off of their October 2018 released LP, Spells.
'"Breathe" is about connection. It's one of our favorite songs to play live, and always gets a wild response from the crowd. We wanted to make a music video that captured the same intensity and feeling of excitement that we get when that connection is made with our audience." - Hot Pink Satan
SPELLS Track List:
7.I.G.A.F. (feat. Michael Nolan and Just Jingles)
8.Hand (Album Mix)
Hot Pink Satan is a dark electronic adventure. HPS is Clea Cutthroat (Bonaparte) & Jeremy Creamer a.k.a. allinaline (DAATH, Chimaira). They joined forces in 2017 to create HPS, a blend of beats, noise, hooks, and sexual hellfire. After releasing 3 singles/videos and compiling a remix EP within 6 months, they completed their debut LP and hit the clubs running. Armed with edgy songs and a carnal stage show, they will take you on a dark electronic adventure into the sparkling flames of a Hot Pink Hell…
Two years after top-5-album and with three pre-singles in their back Blutengel releases their new album „Un:Gott". Once again frontman Chris Pohl allows a view into his world, whose development mostly can be described with one attribute musically as much as lyrically: larger!
Where the journey started with „Child Of Glass" 20 years ago, the circle closes for „Un:Gott" builds the bridge between past and future. The traditional style loved by fans is maxed out to the last consequence. Epic melodies unifies with danceable beats and produce sinister, extremely catchy anthems lead by vocalists Chris Pohl and Ulrike Goldmann. The chorusses are even more direct into the ear, the melancholy is a bit more gloomy, the angry parts are a bit more furious, hope is even brighter, the sustained emotions more intense. Regarding that, the band satisfies with their lack of compromise in maintaining their trademarks and carrying it sensibly into the new times. A part of this is the lyrical concept being derived directly from the album title: Unmensch is the German word for the opposite of human, a human that behaves inhuman. Analogical an „Un:Gott" is a god that spreads despair and makes bad things happen. Should you pray to this god and follow his strict rules? Or do you better go with the other side? Is probably the devil ruling the world? The question about death and what comes after it is a natural follow-up. But the human has his place as well with his guilty pleasures and suffering, including his best luck and worst curse: love.
You can listen and order the album here or watch their latest music video below!