How to make a career last for half a century – Midge Ure interviewed
Aug 2018 15

1981 was a remarkable synthpop year with releases like Depeche Mode’s ”Speak and Spell”, Soft Cell’s “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret” and The Human League’s “Dare”. And then we have Midge Ure’s Ultravox, with the classic single ”Vienna” (taken from the 1980 album with the same name) and the album ”Rage in Eden”.

Release’s Fredrik ”Schlatta” Wik focused on the Ultravox album ”Brilliant” and its tour in his 2012 Midge Ure interview. Now, Midge sat down with Release again, at the Amphi Festival in Cologne, for an interesting chat about his overall career and how working as a musician, songwriter and singer has changed since the 80:s.
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Where post-punk meets goth rock: Then Comes Silence interviewed
Aug 2018 13

Only a year and a half year after their critically acclaimed album “Nyctophilian”, Stcokholm post-punk/goth rock four-piece Then Comes Silence released their fourth album “Blood”. It came out in October 2017 on Nuclear Blast, thus they changed label from Gotland based Novoton. Extending the “Blood” tour into 2018, Then Comes Silence returned to Hamburg supporting ChameleonsVox  (formerly The Chameleons). Release met up the band members just after their arrival at the venue to have a chat about the return of the post-punk/goth scene and why it’s easier to play in Germany than on home turf in Sweden. [more...]

IAMX interview – breakdowns and breakthroughs
Jul 2018 04

Ex-Sneaker Pimps singer Chris Corner’s alter-ego IAMX is back with his dark electronic fusion of music genres. After releasing his eighth album “Alive in a New Light”, Chris is hopeful after some dark years and his personal battle against clinical depression and chronic insomnia. Release met up with the brainchild of IAMX before his show in Hamburg and had a chat about being difficult to work with, a brighter future and having ”a Skinny Puppy”, Cevin Key, to look after his puppy while being on tour. [more...]

Dressed in black – Release met Vancouver’s Actors in Hamburg
Jun 2018 06

The last ten years have seen a revival and revitalization of the postpunk scene with loads of new acts raised on Joy Division and Talking Heads. A whole new generation of bands have entered the scene, bands that together have produced countless great albums released in the 21st century. One of the latest additions that have caused something of a stir on the scene is Vancouver four-piece Actors, representing a modern take on the genre by mixing together bits and pieces of classical chorus pedal basslines, darkwave and heavy synthlines. Artoffact (Legend, Psyche, FLA) delivered their debut album “It Will Come to You” in March this year and Actors are heading for Terminus, Infest, Coldwaves and other synth and darkwave festivals. [more...]

Exploring the synthpop / darkwave border – Alphamay interviewed
May 2018 28

The stream of darkwave, gothic, synthpop and futurepop bands from Germany seems endless. And they all struggle to stand out in the crowd. Alphamay was one of those bands, but they grab more and more time in the spotlight. They’ve already been awarded twice for best electropop act and best gothic/new wave act at Deutscher Rock & Pop Preise in 2017, play live as often as they can and have just released the new mini album “The Mellow Collie”.

Release had a chat with “Cris” Frickenschmidt whom together with singer Henning Hammoor constitute the core of the Ernst Horn inspired Osnabrück band. A band that was born after a car crash. [more...]

A soundtrack to the history: Qntal’s Michael Popp interviewed
May 2018 19

Qntal, pioneers of mixing medieval folk music with impressive electronics, released their eighth album “VIII: Nachtblume” in the beginning of March 2018. We realised we have only interviewed (related band) Deine Lakaien, but never Qntal. So our Hamburg-based writer Jimi Nilsson had a chat with a cheerful Michael Popp, founder of Qntal, an interview entailing the band’s connection to poetry and historical artifacts, and Popp’s passion for new instruments. He reveals that Qntal was born prior to Deine Lakaien, talks about being like a brother to Ernst Horn and the darkwave scene. [more...]

Impenetrable dense guitar distortion: Klimt 1918 interviewed
May 2018 14

Catching up with the current incarnation of former dark goth rockers Klimt 1918 from Italy almost 20 years after their formation was going to be an affair focused to the changing sound, the Italian underground scene and the connection between music and art. The also talk about mixing in Sweden and their love for 80:s bands like Berlin and Duran Duran. Release met up with Francesco Conte and founding member Paolo Soellner after their show at Hafenklang in Hamburg. [more...]

Release met Swedish electropunks Bondage Fairies in Hamburg
Apr 2018 27

Swedish electropunk band Bondage Fairies on Hamburg based label Audiolith launch their tour at Hafenklang in the heart of the Hamburg fish market district. Famous for their high energy shows and devoted fans, the unknown members met up with Release to chat about secret identities, chiptunes punk music and being stalked by Russian fans. [more...]

Carpenter Brut interview – following the DIY path to the synthwave top
Apr 2018 18

Franck Hueso is on tour under his alter ego Carpenter Brut and with his new album “Leather Teeth”. The king of syntwave returns to the stage with an astonishing live show coated in a dazzling mix of 80:s horror film clips, harsh electronic synth lines and with metalhead attitude. Release spoke with the mythical French synthwave star about his roots on the metal scene, to reach the Nine Inch Nails level of live shows and following the DIY path. [more...]

Punks on the EBM scene – Release sat down with Youth Code
Apr 2018 13

American EBM act Youth Code is continuing their two year-long tour with latest album “Commitment to Complications” with yet a new headliner, in yet a new music scene. After supporting acts as metal band Baroness, post metal act Deafheaven and, for Release readers, well known industrial act Skinny Puppy, Youth Code is back in Europe. This time with the major synthwave act Carpenter Brut, a tour that, however, kicked off with two shows supporting Front 242.

Release writer Jimi Nilsson and photographer Jule Roge met up with Youth Code before their show in Hamburg to get insight into their unusual background in the hardcore/punk scene, how it is to support such completely distinct acts in disparate music scenes and the sound of the next album. This is our second Youth Code interview. [more...]

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