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 today!
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 out today via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/a-midsummer-nights-dream-2018/id1404781543
Interested in finding out more about the fairies who inhabit the forest? You can check the movie website below for further information.
Cast: Rachael Leigh Cook (Hermia), Finn Wittrock (Demetrius), Paz de la Huerta (Hippolyta), Ted Levine (Theseus), Hamish Linklater (Lysander), Avan Jogia (Puck), Lily Rabe (Helena), Charlie Carver (Snug), Max Carver (Snout), Fran Kranz (Bottom), Saul Williams (Oberon), Mia Doi Todd (Titania), Charity Wakefield (Quince)
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGN8wJyJ_AY
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
All sinners will have the opportunity to gather again on Saturday 1st December for the great mass of new wave and punk. After one year of absence, SINNER'S DAY is back!
2018 is the year that celebrates forty years of new wave, which makes one more reason to celebrate this 5th edition of Sinner’s Day. For the first time, this edition will take place in the Limburghal in Genk. With a bit of luck the DNA of predecessors such as U2, THE CURE, BEASTIE BOYS or SISTERS OF MERCY will still float around.
New wave and punk have reached a respectable lifetime and more and more young and passionate musicians are still inspired by these genres. That’s why Sinner’s Day 2018 not only focuses on timeless classics like JOHN CALE, GBH, RED ZEBRA, DE BRASSERS or popular bands such as FISCHER Z and GANG OF FOUR but also on the new generation with COCAINE PISS, WHISPERING SONS and VIVE LA FÊTE.
Proto-punk Wayne Kramer (MC5) will perform as absolute headliner on the Sinner’s Day stage. Fifty years after the legendary 'Kick out the Jams', Wayne Kramer will play the album in its entirety, supported by his supergroup MC50. His new band just consists of members from SOUNDGARDEN & FUGAZI.
One more new thing: one of the two stages will be exclusively dedicated to Belgian acts. The one who knows his or her patriotic musical history also knows that our country, especially Limburg, played (and still plays!) a key role in the new wave/nouvelle vague scene. Think of bands like DE BRASSERS (Hamont), MARCEL VANTHILT (Leopoldsburg), O VEUX (Hasselt) but also WHISPERING SONS(Houthalen) or FUNERAL DRESS, COCAÏNE PISS and VIVE LA FÊTE.
Marcel Vanthilt will not only perform on stage but will also do the presentations during the festival. In the coming days and weeks, he will also present to us introduction videos of bands, for instance Whispering Sons, MC50 & Claw Boys Claw.
In short, a great line-up for the lovers of the genre!
Alle zondaars kunnen zich op zaterdag 1 december weer herenigen voor de hoogmis van new wave en punk. Na een jaar afwezigheid is SINNER'S DAY weer helemaal terug!
2018 is het jaar dat de new wave veertig kaarsjes uitblaast en ook Sinner's Day heeft met deze 5de editie een extra reden om te vieren. Deze feesteditie zal voor de eerste keer plaatsvinden in de Limburghal in Genk. Met wat geluk zweeft daar nog het DNA rond van voorgangers zoals U2, THE CURE, BEASTIE BOYS of SISTERS OF MERCY.
New wave en punk mogen dan wel een respectabele leeftijd bereikt hebben, steeds meer jonge en gedreven muzikanten worden erdoor geïnspireerd. Daarom focust Sinner's Day 2018 niet enkel op tijdloze classics zoals JOHN CALE, GBH, RED ZEBRA, DE BRASSERS of succesbands als FISCHER Z en GANG OF FOUR, maar ook de nieuwe generatie komt aan bod met COCAINE PISS, WHISPERING SONS en VIVE LA FÊTE.
Als absolute headliner staat proto-punk Wayne Kramer (MC5) op het Sinners' Day podium. Vijftig jaar na het legendarische 'Kick out the Jams' album speelt Wayne Kramer, geruggesteund door zijn supergroep MC50, nog eens integraal dit legendarische album. Zijn nieuwe groep heeft zomaar leden van SOUNDGARDEN & FUGAZI in de rangen.
Nog een laatste nieuwigheid: één van de twee podia is exclusief gewijd aan Belgische acts. Wie z'n vaderlandse muziekgeschiedenis kent, weet immers dat ons land en meer bepaald Limburg, een sleutelrol speelde (en nog steeds speelt!) in de new wave/nouvelle vague. Denk maar aan groepen als DE BRASSERS (Hamont), MARCEL VANTHILT (Leopoldsburg), O VEUX (Hasselt) maar ook WHISPERING SONS (Houthalen) of FUNERAL DRESS, COCAÏNE PISS en VIVE LA FÊTE.
Marcel Vanthilt zal niet alleen OP het podium te zien zijn maar zorgt ook voor de presentatie tijdens het festival en Marcel zal ons de komende dagen en weken zijn introductievideo's van de acts bezorgen zoals bijv Whispering Sons, MC50 & Claw Boys Claw.
Kortom een topaffiche voor de liefhebbers van het genre !