British alternative rock outfit, Shriekback, will release new album ‘Why Anything? Why This?’ on 25th May!
Seminal British alternative rock outfit, Shriekback, will release their new album ‘Why Anything? Why This?’ on 25th May.
This 14th studio album, which boasts a wide, organic and detailed sound, is already being described by early listeners as their best since the landmark album ‘Oil & Gold’.
However you describe it, this is Shriekback refocused, reinvented and reinvigorated.
About Shriekback :
Shriekback was formed in 1980 by ex-XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews and bassist Dave Allen on his departure from Gang Of Four, in collaboration with guitarist Carl Marsh from Out On Blue Six.
In 1982 they released their first full-length album ‘Care’ and eventually achieving wider recognition with the singles ‘Lined Up’ and ‘My Spine (Is The Bassline)’. In 1983, they were joined by drummer Martyn Barker (King Swamp, Billy Bragg).
A move to a major label, Arista, allowed the band to fully realise their sound on ‘Oil & Gold’(1985), a milestone album that remains the band’s best-known (helped by the success of the single ‘Nemesis’) and the foundation of their popularity on the US college circuit and elsewhere.
New collaborator Scott Firth (of P.i.L) adds irrefutable bass to selected tracks, while Shriekback regulars Wendy and Sarah Partridge contribute their ever-invaluable backing vocals.
As a teaser, they are previewing the first single ‘And The Rain’, along with a darkly intriguing video filmed by Howard Davidson (a.k.a. Hodah). Check it out below!
After BodyBeats released their first BIMFEST name last month, Swedish Minimal/Wave/Electro revelation AGENT SIDE GRINDER, they announced their second name today. Another Swedish artist but not the least! COVENANT!
Covenant's 9th studio album, 'The Blinding Dark', was released in November 2016 and showed a remarkable development in style, something that Covenant definitely wanted to do with this album and not least because of the subject that they dealt with on this album. With this release, this Swedish / German outfit has probably released their artistically most ambitious album so far. As many music lovers and critics agreed, this album was perhaps also their most obscure and moody album since their first two albums Dreams Of A Cryotank (1994) and Sequencer (1996).
After their successful 'The Blinding Dark Tour’ passage in 2017, it was more than logical BodyBeats asked Covenant if they would be up for the idea of presenting their first two vintage gem albums to the BIMFEST audience. Being great admirers and supporters of BIMFEST frontman, Eskil Simonsson, and his companions immediately agreed and started working on it. Of course, besides these lovely vintage songs, they will also play some of their most famous clubsongs to please their fans!
Nadat BodyBeats vorige maand uitpakte hun eerste naam voor BIMFEST, de Zweedse Minimal/Wave/Electro revelatie AGENT SIDE GRINDER, maakten ze vandaag hun tweede naam bekend. Alweer een Zweedse artiest en zeker niet de minste! COVENANT (SE)!
Covenants 9de studioalbum, 'The Blinding Dark', werd uitgebracht in november 2016 en toonde een opmerkelijke ontwikkeling in stijl, iets dat Covenant beslist wilde doen met dit album - niet in minst omwille van het onderwerp dat ze op deze plaat behandelden. Met deze release heeft de Zweeds / Duitse groep op artistiek gebied misschien wel hun meest ambitieuze album tot nu toe uitgebracht. Menig muziekliefhebber en recensent waren het erover eens dat dit album misschien wel hun meest duistere en stemmingsvolle album is sinds hun eerste twee albums Dreams Of A Cryotank (1994) en Sequencer (1996).
Het was dan ook een logisch gevolg dat BodyBeats, na de succesvolle The Blinding Dark Tour passage in 2017, Covenant vroeg om die vintage pareltjes van hun eerste twee albums eens te komen presenteren aan het BIMFEST publiek. Als grote bewonderaars van BIMFEST gingen frontman Eskil Simonsson en zijn kompanen meteen akkoord en aan het werk. Natuurlijk zullen zij naast deze vintage songs ook hun meest bekende hits spelen voor hun fans.
Canadian solo project Low Factor has just released her new album 'L'Oiseau du Désespoir', consisting of eight killer tracks heavily influenced by 80s experimental Industrial and Minimal Synth.
Available through the band's Bandcamp and on vinyl on Young & Cold Records.
After the single 'Reactions' released in 2017 as a teaser, UK artist New Haunts has just released her first full-length 'Worlds Left Behind'.
The album is a great example of Darkwave that's both emotional and experimental and it can be purchased on CD or digital through her Bandcamp page.