Electronic Act SHADOWS AND MIRRORS Announces Their New Full-Length Release, Levels
Rockford, Illinois electronic artist SHADOWS AND MIRRORS proudly announces the release of their new full-length album, Levels.
For fans of: NINE INCH NAILS, MARILYN MANSON & DEPECHE MODE
The concept of Levels refers to the "levels of human existence" both in the physical and spiritual realm. It's the understanding that every single person you interact with is operating on a unique level both physically and spiritually.
Levels is available on digital and saw-blade-shaped vinyl formats.
SHADOWS AND MIRRORS was originally born in the stoner, grunge rock scene of the mid-90's, playing in mostly small mid-west bars for free drinks and dirty looks. In 2015 they signed to WEATNU Records and released Dangerous, a 6-track EP. 2016 brought their first full-length release, Aria and in 2017 they released their first synthwave record, Summerland. Another EP Video Girl followed in late 2017 and they were signed to the electronic label Electric Dream Records.
2018 brought The Wild Life which charted at #1 in the synthwave category on Bandcamp for over a week. The album also climbed all the way to the #2 spot in the electronic category. The Wild Life is about the pure excess of the 80's business culture and gets its themes from movies like Wall Street and American Psycho.
All of 2019 was spent writing and recording the new release, Levels.
Today we celebrate the birthday of Catherine Elizabeth Pierson, better known as Kate Pierson, singer of The B-52’s. She was born 72 years ago on April 27 (1948) in Weehawken, New Jersey, USA and became in 1976 one of the founding members of The B-52's. Beside singer/lyricist she is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitars, bass and keyboards. In the early years of The B-52's, as well as a vocalist, Pierson was also the main keyboard player and was notable for performing on a keyboard bass during many live shows (see The B-52's video below) and many of the band's recordings, taking on a role usually filled by a bass guitar player which differentiated the band from their contemporaries. This along with Pierson's distinctive wide ranging singing voice remain trademarks of The B-52's unique sound until today.
In 2015, Pierson released her first, and so far only, solo album, Guitars and Microphones. She later released the non-album single "Better Not Sting the Bee" and a cover of "Venus" (video below) as a stand alone single.
Pierson has also collaborated with many other artists including The Ramones and R.E.M but probably her biggest worldwide succes, besides The B52’s, was her duet single with Iggy Pop, “Candy’ (video below).
Happy birthday Kate!
Bored during lockdown? Void Kampf offers you all their music at 'name your price'!
In these difficult times, a lot of bands offer new tracks or new clips to keep us busy during these long days. The French band Void Kampf takes it to a higher level and gives you, the fans, the opportunity to download their music from their Bandcamp-page at 'name your price' rates. I can hears some thinking now, oh you can download their complete back-catalogue for free...
But hey! Be a good sport! Check them out... Maybe start with listening one track for free and if you like it... Show your appreciation and put something else than a zero in the buy-box when you want to download their songs/albums.
After all, good)music needs the proper support appreciation, no?
In deze moeilijke dagen lanceren veel bands een nieuwe track of clip om onze verveling tegen te gaan. De Franse band Void Kampf doet er een schepje bovenop en geeft jullie, de fans, de kans om hun muziek op hun Bandcamp-pagina te downloaden tegen 'name your price'. Ik hoor sommigen al denken, oh gratis dus!
Maar wees eens sportief! Beluister een album gratis en als het je bevalt, zet dan aub iets anders dan een nul in de buy-box als je iets download.
Uiteindelijk, goeie muziek mag geapprecieerd en gesteund worden, niet?
Today it’s 34 years since Siouxsie and the Banshees released their seventh studio album Tinderbox (21 April 1986). Two songs were released as singles between late 1985 and early 1986, Cities in Dust and Candyman.
The B-sides of Cities in Dust and Candyman, were added as bonus tracks on the original CD version of this album.
Tinderbox peaked at number 13 in the UK Album Chart and at number 88 on the US Billboard 200.
A remastered CD version was issued in 2009 with bonus tracks including an unreleased version of Song from the Edge of the World and an unreleased song called Starcrossed.
A 180g vinyl reissue of the album, remastered from the original ¼” tapes and cut half-speed at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell, was released in August 2018.
The album is considered a classic by both critics and musicians.
Tinderbox (Original LP Tracklist)
01. Candyman 3:44
02. The Sweetest Chill 4:07
03. This Unrest 6.21
04. Cities in Dust 3:51
01. Cannons 3:14
02. Party's Fall 4:56
03. 92° 6:02
04. Land's End 6:14
New band of Chris Pohl (Blutengel) SHE HATES EMOTIONS - Reveal First Single 'See the Light' & Video!
The Eighties – a decade of artistic and musical freedom, heyday of New Wave and Dark Wave, the pioneering years of the movement that led into the dark music scene and movement. These were the times that shaped the artistic path of Chris Pohl (Blutengel). Now he wishes to pay tribute to his musical influences: She Hates Emotions.
"She Hates Emotions is minimalist synth music with an 80's touch. The focus is not on the bombast or production, but rather on the catchy, melancholic melody," comments Chris Pohl - and it is precisely this pure approach that bestows the highly emotional songs with their luminosity.
'See the Light' is the first single taken off the upcoming debut album "Melancholic Maniac" that is set for release on May 15th via Out Of Line Music.
Chris Pohl states about the single: "For me, 'See the light' really has 80's flair! The "ohoho", as you know it from Laura Branigan's "Self Control", the synth hookline... A catchy song, which, I feel, will not repel the Blutengel fans at all!"
And shares his interesting behind-the-scenes details about the shooting of the video:
"The video was shot primarily on location in Berlin, on the Kudamm. This is where I used to spend many hours of my childhood in the 80ies. At the movies, shopping, the Zoo, the Europa Center... This was where I used to spend my time off, because the borders were still there, and that's how one just spent the time in West-Berlin nearby the Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche). Besides that, there were those pretty disco lights in the club scenery... If that ain't got an '80s vibe..."
With all the danceable and catchy tunes, the She Hates Emotions album title "Melancholic Maniac" fits just perfectly: "The songs deal a lot with the fear of being abandoned or with loneliness in general, with love and death," says Chris, who thus gives a lead to his devoted Blutengel fans.
Nevertheless: "Melancholic Maniac" is certainly not a Blutengel album, but it does transmit the prime times of bands like Depeche Mode, Anne Clark, Human League, Fad Gadget, Camouflage or Alphaville into the 21st century: She Hates Emotions.
Watch the She Hates Emotions video 'See the Light' below!