This month, 37 years ago, Nitzer Ebb recorded their first demo Basic Pain Procedure!
This month, 37 years ago, British EBM/Industrial act Nitzer Ebb recorded their first eight songs which were featured on the A-side of their first ever release/demo tape Basic Pain Procedure (August 1983). On the B-side they put a live recording of a concert in Chelmsford from 9th December the same year. Initially it was meant to attract the attention from record labels but the tape was also sold at their live concerts. Two years later they would meet producer, Phil Harding, who produced their 1985 debut single ‘Isn't It Funny How Your Body Works?’ and helped them set up their own label, Power Of Voice Communications.
Besides ‘Crane’, which was re-recorded and placed on the B-side of their first 12”, and the song ‘Home’, which was re-worked into K.I.A. for the 1988 Belief album, it seemed all other tracks where archived, never to be heard again...
Luckily, for NEB fans around the globe, Basic Pain Procedure was officially re-released in it’s entirety, to celebrate it’s 30th anniversary, on CD, USB and tape in June 2013. The vinyl re-issue version however, only features the eight original studio recordings and thus not the live 1983 performance.
Basic Pain Procedure - Tracklist
A1 Faded Smiles
A3 The Home
A5 The Passage
A6 The Book
A8 Trust Ran In Colours
B2 The Home
B4 The Book
B6 Violent Playground
B7 A Whiter Shade Of Pale
B8 Smear Body
Check out the unique live footage of the song Crane performed in the early 80s...
North America’s purveyors of 'darkpop', PROVISION return on 7-20-2020 with their long-awaited 6th full length LP, 'Hearts Turn Dark'!
“What does it mean to truly hurt? And to truly heal? “
It’s been 7 long and turbulent years since PROVISION gave the world 'A New Revolution'. What followed that album in late 2012 was the internal breakdown of the band itself. While every attempt was made to rebuild and forge ahead, PROVISION was destined to burn in flames.
"I want no regrets if this disintegrates. Because I’m giving up everything."
For fans of: NEW ORDER, NITZER EBB & DEPECHE MODE
New York electronic artist VEXILLARY examines a culture based on surveillance with their new EP, SurViolence. The video for the single, "Maritime Panic" was directed by Reza Seirafi, edited by Svitlana Zhytnia and features visuals by Luqman Ashaari.
SurViolence adopts the theme of unease in an overly politicized society; using surveillance culture as a metaphor on how technology that was created to serve and protect can serve to exploit. Hence the title, SurViolence. The sub-plot of tension and lack of trust in the decisions that are being made for us fueled the eerie sounds and direction of the record.
Voyeurism has been weaponized to give rise to surveillance. Violence has been digitized to replace intelligence. This is where evolution has led us. It’s time to take back control. If only we could have our eyes back to see.
Welcome to the surrealist horror of SurViolence.
Los Angeles darkwave rock artist THRILLSVILLE has unveiled the video for "Lockdown" addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. "Lockdown" made its premiere on ReGen Magazine.
Lyrics like “Can’t stop touching my face,” “Don’t even know what day it is anymore,” and “Losing my f*cking mind” convey the mental and emotional strain the crisis has had on all of us.
"This song was directly inspired by the unrelenting restlessness of being "stuck on lock-down." In essence it's a romantic song about longing for a normal night on the town." - Rani Sharone (THRILLSVILLE)
"Lockdown" showcases Rani Sharone’s signature flippant and frenetic visual style. The video’s dynamic lighting and stark visuals match the track’s insistent rhythm and gritty atmosphere.
As with the previous “So Close” video, “Lockdown” continues Thrillsville’s collaboration with fellow Los Angeles dark pop act PRECIOUS CHILD, who directed and edited the video with Sharone.
For fans of: STABBING WESTWARD, Nitzer Ebb and
Today, exactly 40 years ago, Joy Division released their second and final studio album, Closer.
Today, exactly 40 years ago, Joy Division released their second and final studio album, Closer. It was released on 18 July 1980 on the renowned UK label Factory Records exactly two months after the tragic suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis (18 May 1980). Today, Closer is still considered as one of the major releases of the New-Wave and Post-Punk era.
The songs on Closer were drawn from two distinct periods. The earlier guitar-driven compositions like Atrocity Exhibition, A Means to an End, Colony, Passover and 24 Hours were written during the latter half of 1979. The other songs like Isolation, Decades, The Eternal and Heart and Soul were written in early 1980 and included more prominent use of electronics and synthesizers.
Regarding the album's lyrical content, Bernard Sumner recollected: "We'd go to rehearsals and sit around and talk about really banal things. We'd do that until we couldn't talk about banal things any more, then we'd pick up our instruments and record into a little cassette player. We didn't talk about the music or the lyrics very much. We never analyzed it”. Bernard also remembers Ian Curtis saying he was feeling strange because “he felt like all his words were writing themselves. He also said that he had this terrible claustrophobic feeling that he was in a whirlpool and being pulled down, drowning."
Closer was recorded between 18–30 March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios in London. It was produced by Martin Hannett. His production has been highly praised by the music press. However, as with their debut album, both Hook and Sumner were unhappy with Hannett's work. Peter Hook later complained that the track "Atrocity Exhibition" was mixed on one of his days off and when he heard the final product was disappointed that the abrasiveness of his guitar part had been laden with effects and toned down. He wrote; "I was like, head in hands, oh fucking hell, it's happening again. Unknown Pleasures number two... Martin [Hannett] had melted the guitar with his Marshall Time Waster. Made it sound like somebody strangling a cat, and to my mind, absolutely killed the song. I was so annoyed with him and went in and gave him a piece of my mind but he just turned around and told me to fuck off."
The album cover was designed by Martyn Atkins and Peter Saville, with a photograph of a Italian tomb on the sleeve. Designer Peter Saville commented that he, upon learning of singer Ian Curtis's suicide, expressed immediate concern over the album's design as it depicted a funeral theme, remarking "we've got a tomb on the cover of the album!"
Closer as a 12” vinyl album reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart. The Album was also chosen as Album of The Year by NME and is still placed highly in various top 10 lists like Best Album of the 80s (Slant Magazine, Pitchfork Magazine, Q magazine, …) and number two on Sonic Seducers “10 key Goth albums”. It got 10/10 review scores by Akk Music, NME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone album guide, Select, Spin Alternative Record Guide, Uncut and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music
By 1982, the album had sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.
Shortly after this release the remaining members chose New Order as their new and future band name.
1. Atrocity Exhibition
5. A Means to an End
6. Heart and Soul
7. Twenty Four Hours
8. The Eternal
All songs written by Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner.