OnlookerMusic • CD
Cold Wave • Post Punk
25/01/2013, Didier BECU
I know it's very hard to convince people to give unsigned bands a change. It's even hard to tell those people to listen to them for five minutes. True, if you have to check out all bands that are recommended throughout the net then not only you won't have any time left for anything else, plus the disappointment is quite big as the recommendations aren't that great after all.
But please take these words seriously: give Avgvst a chance! Who, you say? Avgvst. Perhaps it's not the best band's name of all time (I don't even have a clue what it stands for), but their music will tear your soul apart. Their influences? Cold wave, post-punk and Warp. Sounds odd on paper? It does, but imagine The Cure in their Faith-days doing something with vocoders. Add a Hooky-bassline and a very dark sound (Another Source sounds like a suicide note) and you have the sound of the French band Avgvst. What a sound. It's kind of dancable (well at least if you like to dance to early Factory-releases) and you can hear synths that are similar to the ones Clan Of Xymox used on Medusa. Oh, and to top it all, at times they sound as fantastic as Slowdive.
It's noisy, it's melancholic, it's....almost perfect!
The band have now released a stunning EP containing six songs that are destinated for something quite big. If 4-AD would be as brilliant as they used to be they gave 'em a record deal immediately.
THE LAW-RAH COLLECTIVE • Filed Of View
PATRICE LECONTE • Le Magasin des Suicides
ROSA†CRVX • Review of the concert in Brussels on 19 January 2013
CLOCKWORK ORCHESTRA • Friends without names
EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ • El Gringo
BETRAYAL AT BESPIN • Rains
WHOURKR • 4247 Snare Drums
JOACHIM LAFOSSE • A Peirdre La Raison
SOFT METALS • Soft Metals
COMBAT VOICE • Chaotic Universe
Same combination of genres: COLD WAVE + POST PUNK
WHISPERING SONS • Image
A.D. MANA • A.D. Mana
O VEUX • O Veux
THE NAMES • Names In Mutation
VEIL OF LIGHT • Talisman (EP)
FACTICE FACTORY • !Nada!
THE INSIGHT • White Noise
B9: BELGIAN COLD WAVE • 1979-1983
HAPAX • Stream of Consciousness
CRISPY AMBULANCE • CLASSICS: The Plateau Phase
Same genre: COLD WAVE
DER KLINKE • Decade
SELOFAN • Vitrioli
AFTER ABSENCE • Demotape 1
ASTRASONIC • Passengers
ANATOMIA HUMANA DESMONTABLE • Pasajera Pausa EP
FACTICE FACTORY • Lines & Parallels
MALA HERBA • Demo
PSYCHE • Youth Of Tomorrow (12'')
LYNCELIA • Forsaken Innocence
RAZORLINE • Razorline
Same genre: POST PUNK
DAVID J • Thoughts And Prayers
XTC • What Do You Call That Noise?
PRINCIPE VALIENTE • Choirs of Blessed Youth
DEAD HIGH WIRE • Pray for us
NEON TZIGANE • Del Wesh
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES • Juju
VEDA RAYS • For The Rest To Rest
EUROPEAN GHOST • Collection Of Shadows
THE EXPLODING BOY • Alarms!
A SLICE OF LIFE • Restless