Toronto Darkwave Act DOUBLE EYELID Announces The Release Of 'A Means To An End'
June 7, 2019 - At the advent of their summer west-coast tour, Toronto-based darkwave band DOUBLE EYELID are very pleased to announce the release of their new single. Titled "A Means To An End" the track is the first new release from the project since the 2016 remix album BROKEN MIRROR. The song is also the first track to feature current guitarist Sky Shaver, who has been performing live with the band on and off for the last several years.
Stream “A Means To And End” on Bandcamp HERE:
The single release also features a killer remix by the legendary Claus Larsen of LEAETHER STRIP & KLUTAE. Asked about the track and his process Claus remarks: “I was very happy to get to remix this great band. It's very inspiring to get to fiddle with well composed songs and put a different perspective on it. A great song like this can take my "abuse”."
DOUBLE EYELID are about to embark on their first tour of the US, hitting the west coast in June (dates below) and the east coast in August. For more details, please see their website at doubleeyelidmusic.com or the social links below.
Glam, goth, gutter: DOUBLE EYELID was formed in Toronto in 2009 as a vehicle for the songs and vision of lead singer and central band member Ian Revell.
Initially an arty post-punk project formed with a couple of close friends (Karl Mohr – also known for his Dead Red Velvet project – and Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip) a couple of fateful decisions made in 2011 shifted the project firmly in the ‘goth’ direction. The first was to abandon the use of a drummer in favour of a drum machine, both live and in the studio. The second was to collaborate with horror filmmaker Steven Cerritos on the band’s first single and video “Dead is Better.” Released in July 2012 this video marked Double Eyelid’s true international debut and was featured by MuchMusic, Canada’s equivalent to MTV, and covered on numerous blogs worldwide.
After multiple delays the release of the band’s first full-length album “Seven Years” in July 2014 was met with instant acclaim around the world. Noted goth journalist Mick Mercer hailed the album as a “dark classic” that was “easily one of the year’s best”, while Terra Relicta Webzine ranked it #11 in their list of the top 20 albums of 2014. Shortly thereafter DOUBLE EYELID signed with DeadFall Management for UK and European booking and promotion.
In February 2015 DOUBLE EYELID were included on Oskar Terramortis’s popular 33 Goth Bands You Should Know compilation. May 2015 saw the release of the band’s second video, for the song “Black Box.” Directed by Japanese filmmaker Keishi Kondo it has a surrealistic film noir feel reminiscent of David Lynch’s Eraserhead. A month later DOUBLE EYELID supplied a live soundtrack for the classic film THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI in a special one-off performance featuring Ian Revell and Karl Mohr.
Released in February 2016 DOUBLE EYELID’s second release “Broken Mirror” is a remix album that was hailed in Louder Than War (UK) as a “minor masterpiece” in its own right and features bold new reinterpretations of DOUBLE EYELID tracks by goth and industrial artists from around the world, including Leaether Strip, Psyche, nTTx, Tyler Milchmann and others.
Now joined by guitarist Sky Shaver DOUBLE EYELID is currently gigging regularly and working on the long-awaited follow-up to Seven Years, which is tentatively titled “Skeleton Key.”
Dependent Records Announces The Release of German Electronic/Industrial Act FIX8 SED8's WARNING SIGNS
June 10, 2019 - Dependent Records (GER) is very proud to present the follow-up to FIX8 SED8's critically acclaimed 2017 release FOREN6.
WARNING SIGNS will be released on June 14, 2019, on CD, ltd. edition box and digital formats.
Check out the new video for “Empyrean” HERE:
After the success of his 2017 album "Foren6", Martin Sane's Electronic/Industrial project Fïx8:Sëd8 is about to outgrow its cocoon. It has the potential to become that fully fledged industrial music project that might spearhead a resurrection of the traditional electronic industrial sound as formerly endorsed by cult-acts like Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly or Mentallo & The Fixer in the 90ties. While we are writing this info Sane is touring together with labelmates 2nd Face in South America (!), preparing his European touring activities to go along with what might become one of the strongest "Old school" electronic-industrial releases in 2019: WARNING SIGNS.
The writing is on the wall in more than one way: Martin Sane's look at early indications of a dystopic downturn of our peaceful society echoes in our news almost daily. The notion of insecurity and angst starts to foster and grow in various places on the earth, from North America to Europe to Southeast-Asia. His new album is a soundtrack to a modern dystopic downfall that we would rather ignore than face.
Musically WARNING SIGNS is so old school that it could almost be called a "Retro Industrial" album; it includes all ingredients that made industrial breathtaking in the 80ies. Vocal samples, complex drum programming and big strings mixed with structures that remind of old Skinny Puppy cult songs like "Inquisition" or "Addiction". Like their originals these songs need repeated listening to sink in and unfold their potential. But what amazes most is the contradiction between the theme of the album and its sound. How can something sounding so "retro" tackle problems that are so recent?
Can we afford to ignore these warning signs?
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Today it’s exactly 40 years ago since Joy Division released their debut studio album Unknown Pleasures (15 June 1979).
Today it’s exactly XXXYEARSXXX years ago since Joy Division released their debut studio album Unknown Pleasures (15 June 1979) on the renowned label Factory Records. The album was recorded and mixed in only three successive weekends in April of the same year and was produced by Martin Hannet who incorporated a number of unconventional recording and production techniques into the group's sound.
The cover artwork was designed by artist Peter Saville while the centre sleeve depicts "100 consecutive pulses from the pulsar CP 1919" as found by Bernard Sumner in The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy (See more about the artwork in the video below)
It is the only Joy Division album that was released during lead singer Ian Curtis's lifetime.
Initially, sales of Unknown Pleasures were slow until the release of the non-album single, 'Transmission'. The album sold over 5000 copies within the first week of it's release, 20.000 copies were sold within the first year. However the album did not chart until it was reissued after the suicide of singer Ian Curtis. Then the album peaked at #71 in the UK Album Charts in August 1980 while it reached No.2 in the UK indie charts and spent 136 weeks in the chart in total. Factory Records did not release any singles from Unknown Pleasures,
It has since received sustained critical acclaim as an influential post-punk album and has been named as one of the best albums of all-time by publications such as NME, AllMusic, Select and Spin.
Instead of side A and B the sides were named Outside and Inside.
Unknown Pleasures - tracklist
2. Day Of The Lords
5. New Dawn Fades
1. She’s Lost Control
5. I Remember Nothing
Today, 41 years ago, Joy Division self-released their very first 7' EP, An Ideal For Living!
Today, 41 years ago, Joy Division self-released their very first EP, An Ideal For Living! All four tracks were recorded in just one day at the Pennine Sound studios in Oldham, UK, on 14th December 1977 and released as a 7” on the band’s own Enigma label. The band self-financed this recording on a budget of £400.
The original release was pressed as 1000 copies and sold out by September the same year.
While the band was still known as Warsaw during the recording sessions for this release, they changed their name to Joy Division before the release took place.
The sleeve was printed on a 14' x 14' piece of thin cardstock and then folded into four squares. The front cover has a black-and-white Hitler Youth member beating a drum, which was drawn by guitarist Bernard Sumner and their bandname printed in a German gothic style blackletter font. The cover design, coupled with the nature of the band's name, fuelled controversy over whether the band had Nazi sympathies. When the EP was re-released on 12-inch vinyl, the original cover was replaced by artwork featuring scaffolding.
Numerous counterfeit editions of this release exist. Only the original vinyl has serrated vinyl around the label and different contours on the label.
Today, original copies are being traded between collectors and fans for prices from € 1500 to a stunning almost € 3000!
An Ideal For Living - Tracklist
No Love Lost
Leaders Of Men
UK's Electronic-Pop Band EMPATHY TEST Announce The Release of EMPTY-HANDED EP
23rd May 2019 - UK Electronic-Pop band EMPATHY TEST is pleased to announce the release of their limited edition EP, EMPTY-HANDED
Availble on limited edition digipack CD, 7" vinyl and digital formats on 20th June!
Following the success of double A-side single, "Holy Rivers / Incubation Song", which has racked up over 150,000 streams on Spotify since its October release and was praised by Clash Music for its “shimmering synths, glacial electronics, and heartrending vocals”, London synthpop group EMPATHY TEST returns with a second, tantalising taste of their upcoming third album, in the form of new single "Empty-Handed.”
2. A River Loves a Stone
3. Empty-handed (TRAAPS Remix)
4. A River Loves a Stone (Ari Mason Remix)
Empty-Handed presents another sonic leap forward for a band that has never been one to tread water when it comes to their sound, presenting a harder, darker style whilst simultaneously tipping their proverbial hat to the Synthwave scene that helped launch their career back in 2014. An arpeggiated synthesizer provides a relentless momentum from the get-go, while the deceptively simple composition gradually builds to its epic conclusion.
Opening line, “My heart is an empty vessel / Drifting out to sea” sets the tone both lyrically and emotionally. It’s about being unable to give a partner the emotional support or commitment they need and the feeling of emptiness that comes with that. As always, Empathy Test delivers a perfect marriage of music and emotion, the sudden flourishes of strings and synthesizers rushing past like spirits in the night.
There’s a sense of urgency here that has not been present previously, as well as an innate confidence that suggests the third album, which comes after the simultaneous release of two debut albums Losing Touch (Remastered) and Safe From Harm in November 2017 and is slated for release in early September, might just be the band’s most accomplished to date."
UK tour with Actors
June 20, 2019 - Trillians - Newcastle
June 21, 2019 - Voodoo Rooms - Edinburgh
June 22, 2019 - Ivory Blacks - Glasgow
June 23, 2019 - FAC251 - Manchester
June 26, 2019 - Maze - Nottingham
June 27, 2019 - Esquires - Bedford
June 28, 2019 - Slade Rooms - Wolverhampton
June 29, 2019 - O2 Academy Islington - London
June 30, 2019 - Exchange - Bristol
June 09, 2019 Wave Gotik Treffen, Germany
Aug 11, 2019 Mera Luna, Germany
Aug 15, 2019 W-Festival, Belgium
North American tour with Aesthetic Perfection
Sept 06, 2019 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA
Sept 07, 2019 - Club Red - Mesa, AZ
Sept 08, 2019 - Rock House - El Paso, TX
Sept 12, 2019 - Amp Room - San Antonio, TX
Sept 13, 2019 - Elysium - Austin, TX
Sept 14, 2019 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Sept 15, 2019 - The Church - Dallas, TX
Sept 17, 2019 - The Goat - New Orleans, LA
Sept 18, 2019 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
Sept 19, 2019 - The 926 Bar - Tallahassee, FL
Sept 20, 2019 - The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
Sept 21, 2019 - Will’s - Orlando, FL
Sept 24, 2019 - The Milestone - Charlotte, NC
Sept 25, 2019 - Fallout - Richmond, VA
Sept 26, 2019 - Dangerous Pies - Washington, DC
Sept 27, 2019 - Voltage Lounge - Philadelphia, PA
Sept 28, 2019 - The Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
Sept 29, 2019 - ONCE Ballroom - Boston, MA
Sept 30, 2019 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
Oct 01, 2019 - Coalition - Toronto, ON
Oct 02, 2019 - Howlers - Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 03, 2019 - The Event Center - Cincinnati, OH
Oct 04, 2019 - Small’s - Detroit, MI
Oct 05, 2019 - Reggie’s - Chicago, IL
Oct 06, 2019 - Club Anything - Milwaukee, WI
Oct 07, 2019 - Warehouse - LaCrosse, WI
Oct 08, 2019 - Red Sea Lounge - Minneapolis, MN
Oct 09, 2019 - Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
Oct 11, 2019 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Oct 12, 2019 - Area 51 - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 14, 2019 - Pub 340 - Vancouver, BC
Oct 15, 2019 - Highline - Seattle, WA
Oct 16, 2019 - Paris Theater - Portland, OR
Oct 18, 2019 - Brick and Mortar - San Francisco, CA
Oct 19, 2019 - Lodge Room - Los Angeles, CA
Since Empathy Test’s conception in January 2013, the independent London electronic pop duo has produced two stunning, four-track EPs and a steady stream of memorable singles which have won them both critical acclaim and a legion of dedicated fans worldwide. Their unique brand of cinematic synth pop has been featured by the likes of Vice, Netflix, HBO, MTV, XFM, KCRW, BBC Introducing, Clash, Idolator, Earmilk, PopMatters and many more.
In 2017, the band began a crowd funding campaign to fund the self-release of two debut albums, ‘Losing Touch’ and ‘Safe From Harm’. The PledgeMusic campaign was 661% funded and the band raised over £26K to release the two albums via digital, CD and vinyl formats. To date, Empathy Test has sold nearly 1,500 copies of each album on CD and 300 on vinyl.
After touring extensively in Europe and beyond, Empathy Test released the first taste of their forthcoming third album (set for release in September 2019) in October 2018, in the form of a new double a-side single Holy Rivers / Incubation Song. Clash Music wrote that the new material, featuring "shimmering synths, glacial electronics, and heartrending vocals", illuminated the band's "potent creativity".
Empathy Test are childhood friends Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production). Isaac performs their songs live with the help of Christina Lopez (drums) and Samuel Winter-Quick (keyboards).