The last few years have seen the arrival of bands such as Actors, Then Comes Silence, The Foreign Resort and The KVB, contributing to a vibrant and exciting new wave of post-punk and coldwave. One of these electrifying new bands that struck a special chord with us is Toronto two-piece TRAITRS, formed in 2015. Sean-Patrick Nolan and Shawn Tucker joined forces with producer Josh Korody and together they created the signature sound of TRAITRS.
In 2016 “Rites and Ritual” was released, 2017 saw the arrival of EP:s “Speak in Tongue” and “Heretic”. And in May 2018 they had a breakthrough on the scene with “Butcher’s Coin”, a record filled with a lot of emotions and, above all, it was an album showcasing great song-writing skills.
In February and March, they will tour the Nordic countries. Release sat down with Sean and Shawn when they visited Hamburg to chat about writing “Butcher’s Coin”, their interest in horror and occult aesthetics, the difference between Toronto and Europe and being overwhelmed by the reception of the European audience. After a horrifying coffee incident and much fascination about how much coffee an ordinary mop can hold, we started off the interview and photo session. [more...]
Gothenburg ambient duo Carbon Based Lifeforms will play four audio-visual shows in Russia this week. [more...]
Industrial and electronica music producer, remix artist and musician Phil Western passed away on February 9, at the age of 47. His resume was impressive. [more...]
Watch the new Front Line Assembly video for their Falco cover “Rock Me Amadeus” below. [more...]
Apparently we’re getting a new Pet Shop Boys track every day this week, with the first two out already.
Our Scandinavian live guide has been updated with New Order (outdoor concert in the unique venue Dalhalla), The Sisters of Mercy tour, Raubtier tour, The Cure and Jon Hopkins (Way out West), Alice in Videoland, Henric de la Cour, Brighter Death Now, S.P.O.C.K and Rotersand (Subkult).
Watch the brand new Rein video for “Electric” and read about the song below. [more...]
On February 1, dark synthpop trio Priest releases the main track from their upcoming 5-song “Obey EP” (March 29). [more...]
After a five-year hiatus, Henric de La Cour returned with his third full-length solo album “Gimme Daggers” 2018. He describes the album was hardest to date to complete, but apparently the effort paid off as it is all over Release Magazine’s Best of 2018 lists. Peter Marchione from Release caught up with him at his gig at the Blå book release party in his native town Eskilstuna, Sweden – where it all began. [more...]
February 1 marks the release of several new songs, like Rein’s “Electric” and Priest’s “Obey”. We also expect several new albums within the next weeks, for instance Front Line Assembly, Saft, Ladytron, Lizette Lizette, OHMelectronic, Acretongue and Jean Marc Lederman.