Label portrait: Minimal Wave from New York
Apr 2013 15

Around 2005 I was really bored with electronic music. Nothing was new and exciting anymore and I just felt a need to explore and to find something new, something that reminded me of why I once became an electronic music fan. I discovered the New York based label Minimal Wave, which started to release old obscure tapes and giving them new life on thick vinyl. [more...]

The Klinik behind the bandages
Mar 2013 20

Marc Verhaeghen and Dirk Ivens debuted the seminal band The Klinik in Belgium in 1985, and continued to release several influential albums with their particular brand of monotone, experimental industrial. They split up in 1991, but decided to get back together for some gigs around 2003. Then nothing happened, until now. They’re finally back with a new album, so we decided it was time for an interview.

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Exile Hurts… or: We’d love to be a Polivoks
Feb 2013 08

The Hurts saga is quite the opposite of what one tends to believe is the situation for young musicians these days. In 2009; a hit tune, “Wonderful Life”, with an amateur video landed a recording deal with the RCA etiquette Major Label  and a year later Hurts’ debut album “Happiness” was released. Since then, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson have been touring like crazy all over the world.

Now Hurts are back with their second album “Exile”. They have once again recorded in our hometown Gothenburg so we just had to book an interview. We had a nice chat with Mr Anderson who revealed that “Exile” was an industrial album to begin with. [more...]

Icelandic duo Legend enters the light of day
Jan 2013 25

One of last year’s favourite albums of many Release Magazine readers (and writers) was the debut of Icelandic duo Legend; “Fearless”. Their blend of dark sonic imagery and classic pop harmonies makes their music suitable for both alt rock fans and pop enthusiasts. Peter Marchione had a chat with front figure Krummi Björgvinsson. [more...]

Front Line Assembly alumni unleash Ohm
Sep 2012 27

Some of you might have wondered what Chris Peterson’s new project would be after he left Front Line Assembly. We can now reveal that he and his pal Craig Huxtable (also involved with FLA and Noise Unit, as well as his own excellent project Landscape Body Machine) have been silently working on a new project called Ohm. [more...]

Bill Leeb on the new Delerium and Front Line Assembly
Jul 2012 16

Very recently, Bill Leeb put up an image on Facebook that just had the word “Monarch” on it. It was apparently cover art for something new, but no more information was given, except that it was Delerium. Thus, I contacted Bill himself to get some clarity. [more...]

Midge Ure – Ultravox: Visions of brilliance
Jun 2012 27

The new Ultravox album “Brilliant” is here. After reviewing it I was given the opportunity to interview singer/guitarist Midge Ure and ask him a few questions regarding the recording of the album, the forthcoming tour and life in general. It has been a long time since the last Ultravox album and a staggering 28 years since an album featuring the classic line up of Midge Ure, Billie Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann. [more...]

Pop Will Eat Itself: beyond reformation
Apr 2012 17

Release had an opportunity to speak with Graham Crabb, original member of Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI) as drummer, vocalist and songwriter, backstage before a gig in Camden, London.

PWEI started in England 1986 as a guitar driven outfit with witty lyrics using hooky pop culture references tracks. For their genre, they still have an industrial electronic following in dance clubs. Their live show today has the same intensity of those tours back in the early 1990:s.

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Gareth Jones: dynamic studio mastermind
Feb 2012 16

If you are a nitpicker like me and actually enjoy reading the credit and production pages in booklets and press releases and have a genuine interest in electronic music the you will have read the name Gareth Jones several times. If not, you will most definitely have listened to music produced, mixed or engineered by him.

Gareth Jones is an English record producer mixer from London and during the eighties he was involved in making some of the most ground breaking electronic records and worked with artists such as Depeche Mode, Humpe Humpe, Thomas Fehlmann, Einstürzende Neubauten, Wire, Diamanda Galas, Erasure and Nick Cave. He started his music career as a trainee at the BBC, but is mostly self-taught, and was employed at the Pathway studio where he recorded and mixed the album “Metamatic” by John Foxx in 1980. Becoming a Berliner he spent many years as a resident producer at famed Hansa Studio recording and co-producing the Depeche Mode albums “Construction Time Again”, “Some Great Reward” and “Black Celebration”. He has been in the front line in terms of technical development and has made some pioneering work using digital equipment, especially the use of sampling. [more...]

Henric de la Cour 3.0
Nov 2011 09

The backbone of two of the biggest real indie acts in Sweden, Yvonne and Strip Music, disappeared and were nowhere to be found for a couple of years. Now Henric de la Cour is back with his new project. And this time he’s on his own, well… almost.
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