Portland garage punk icon Fred Cole (Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows) dead at 69

Bad news from Portland, Fred Cole is no more, the American punk icon died on November 9 from liver disease. Cole played with several bands since the 1960s but was linked mostly with the garage punk scene. The majority of Cole’s output has been self-financed and released on his own record label Tombstone Records. The label was named for the musical equipment store they operated at the time. Their first release was Dead Moon’s debut single, “Hey Joe” b/w “Parchment Farm.” Other bands which released material on the label included The Flapjacks, Inspector Luv and the Ride Me Babies. With the death of Cole, his wife Toody is now the only surviving member of the 1987 formed band Dead Moon. In 2016, drummer Andrew Loomis had already died of lymphoma. After the dissolution of Dead Moon, Fred and Toody Cole formed Pierced Arrows together with a new drummer, Kelly Halliburton.

VNV Nation’s classic album ‘Empires’ re-issued on clear and black vinyl – pre-order link available here

For the first time ever, one of the most classic VNV Nation albums, “Empires”, is being released on vinyl. There are 2 versions available, a black one (which you can order right here) and a clear vinyl one (available right here). Note that the latter one comes in limited edition of just 1,500 copies worldwide, which is close to nothing considering the band’s status, so expect this one to sell out FAST. “Empires” was the third studio album by the English/Irish electronic music duo Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson and was released in 1999 in the EU and in 2000 in the United States. From the album the single “Darkangel” was released as a single prior to the album, while also “Standing” became a single and was also released as part of the “Burning Empires” EP in 2000. “Empires” really was the band’s breakthrough album expanding on the band’s bombastic, melodic synthesizer lines and incorporating tighter song structures. Note that the album was composed using only one synthesizer (the hugely popular Access Virus) and two samplers. The result was pure majestic.

Placebo Effect to release new album – first teaser online and Bratislava show confirmed

Placebo Effect will release their new album “Shattered Souls” in March 2018, their first new CD in 20 years. You can already listen to a first teaser called “Voices from Hell” right below. More details will be revealed soon. Placebo Effect is now reduced to a duo after the death of Achim Windel who died unexpectedly in July last year. But there’s more, the band also confirmed a first show, namely an exclusive pre-show in Bratislava on March 10th 2018. More details can be found in the below poster for the show. And for those who can’t get enough, here’s another teaser that was posted on Facebook a while ago. For those who were too young to have know Placebo Effect, they are a German dark electro band based in Duderstadt/Hildesheim which was formed in the late 1980s by Axel Machens, Christoph Kunze, and Achim Windel. The band split up in 1995 but Machens teamed up with Ecki Stieg to form Accessories and later on launched another project called Breathe. The return doesn’t come as a real surprise as Placebo Effect played live at the Wave Gotik Treffen Leipzig in 2014 where they also performed 2 new songs: “Nothing to Cry” […]

Swindy releases new music video from debut EP, announces live shows and full-length album for 2018

Swindy has released the video for “Reflection,” a tale of loss and longing unfurling against sun-bleached desert ruins set to the first single off of the self-titled 2016 debut EP. Describing the band’s sound as “electronic pop/rock with a twist of industrial,” the Tuscon based Swindy began as the solo project of Ensphere front man […]

Slovakian synth/electro bands united on ‘Synth Slovakia 2017’

Here’s a new compilation that caught our attention: “Synth Slovakia 2017”. The release will be out on November 11 and is a collection of 15 synth-pop electro oriented bands/projects based in Slovakia. Included in the line-up you’ll find such bands as Monte Rosa / Missandtroops / The Silence / Sound Ministers / Projekt203 / Imiafan / H.O.H / Black Rose / Martin Joy / Force / Coriolis / 2FF Project / Mfls / Chebeaff / 3C 273. Known, lesser known and amateurs, exactly how it should be. Since we are always keen on new names, we can warmy recommend this release! You can preview/download the release below. SYNTH SLOVAKIA by SYNTH SLOVAKIA

Jode is dead, long live Black Forest – first teaser for the new ‘Greed’ single now available !

Black Forest is the brainchild of Dejan Belgrenius who you will also now as the man behind Jode which was formed in Gothenburg 2012. The band gained widespread attention in the synthpop community but now relaunches under the new name Black Forest. 2017 marks the rebirth of the band which has now joined up with Psykbunkern. Black Forest nowadays consists of Dejan Belgrenius, Johan Westblad and Mats Fällgren. The first release is the track “Greed”, out November 17 on Psykbunkern. Below is an exclusive teaser for the single. You can connect with the band on Facebook.

Exclusive stream of a bonus track on the debut EP by Dirk Da Davo (Neon Judgment) & Jean-Marie Aerts

A few days ago we announced that Neon Judgment co-founder Dirk Da Davo had joined up on the island of Fuerteventura (Spain) with the fabulous Jean-Marie Aerts (TC Matic) for a recording session which is out now under the title “DDD JMX EP”. Today we can offer you an exclusive stream of the bonus track “Attack Dogs Achieve (Noseda Remix)”. Check it out below!

ColdWaves VI, Pt. 3: Main Event, Night 3

The Metro, Chicago, IL – Sunday, 10/01/2017

It’s Sunday, the first of October in 2017; it has been a tumultuous and emotionally draining year, not just for the political state of the world, but with the untimely passing of several musical artists, leaving in many a void that could only be filled by an event such […]

ColdWaves VI, Pt. 2: Main Event, Night 2

The Metro, Chicago, IL – Friday, 09/30/2017

The waves of cold air continued to flow through the Windy City on this sunny Saturday evening of September 30, beginning the second of three nights of ColdWaves VI. One of the many heartening aspects of this particular gathering of the industrial music scene is not only the diversity […]

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