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LINEUP 2019 MEDIA

THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH (UK)

The Underground Youth plays grim post-punk based on shoegazing and psychedelic rock. Often a monotonous mood dominates, supported by catchy melodies. The songs are without choruses.

While the first two albums Moralbar and Suspense were still held in lo-fi psychedelic style, the albums Mademoiselle and Sadovaya establish the sound of the band.

 

The band will not only be music as a medium of expression. Apart from the references of idols in video clips and on album covers, since 2010 certain clips and pictures of Dyer and his environment have been produced. In particular, the album A Lo-Fi Cinematic Landscape illustrates the close connection that sees Dyer between music and film.

In addition to musicians such as Bob Dylan, The Massacre of Brian Jonestown and The Jesus and Mary Chain and the film Dyer also calls the Russian literature as a major influence on their music.

 

EVI VINE (UK)

A post-rock breakout star 

Female fronted works have a tendency to stick to a narrative of dominance, pandering and promiscuity, leaving no room for a personal connection. Evi Vine’s music is so striking because it diverges from the path, instead focusing on the art of composition and storytelling. It’s refreshing and allows her heart-shattering brilliance to shine. Her English roots run strong in her work, holding true to London’s gloomy brand of music.

Evi Vine’s newest release, Black // Light // White // Dark, features six songs with a collective runtime of 40 minutes. Some tracks keep it short and sweet, while others reach lengths of eleven minutes. No matter the length, each track delivers a story in which we’re treated to a beautifully renditioned work of art. Vine’s placid, lethargic tone invites the listener on a cinematic journey through a monochrome forest.

The record’s first track, “I Am The Waves,” stands at the water’s edge to remind you of the strength in softness and silence—a lesson that continues throughout each song. “Afterlight” follows, with war-like drums and Warhol-like synths. It’s here that inspirations of Bauhaus start to peak through. Vine also sites NIN as an inspiration, something that becomes apparent in the third track “Sabbath” and the filth track “We Are Made Of Stars.”

WHISPERING SONS (BE)

Whispering Sons is a Belgian post-punk band currently residing in Brussels. Feeding on the dynamics of the city, their music unveils feelings of alienation, propelled by an urging and ominous sound. Their live performances feel agitated and uneasy, yet always remain raw and honest.

 

Whispering Sons' first EP 'Endless Party' was released in 2015, followed by two 7 inches in 2016 and 2017. After winning Humo's Rock Rally in 2016, one of Belgium's most prestigious national contests, the band has been touring Belgium and Europe extensively, establishing their strong live reputation. Their debut album 'Image' will be out October 19, 2018.

Esben and The Witch(BE/GER)

The band's music has been described as "electronic dubstep soundscapes" and "Radiohead without the mithering, goth stripped of unnecessary melodrama", with Davies' vocals compared to Siouxsie Sioux and PJ Harvey. The Quietus called it "perfect gothic pop". The band themselves once described their music as "nightmare pop" around the release of the '33' but have attempted to avoid genre classification since.

The band's music has been used in a variety of TV shows across the world, most notably "Marching Song" on Beavis and Butt-headRinger and in a number of show trailers. "Despair", "When That Head Splits", "Shimmering" and "Smashed To Pieces In The Still of the Night" have been used in Waterloo Road during series 8 and "Smashed to Pieces..." in the trailer for Series 7 of Skins.

SILENT RUNNERS (NL)

Silent Runners – from Amsterdam, The Netherlands – caught the underground scene by surprise in 2015. The five-piece band brings you an energetic mix of dark synth and post-punk sounds.

 

On stage, Silent Runners aims to blow its audience away with a show that is both compelling and strangely

hypnotizing. Minimalist guitars, deep post punk bass riffs and compelling drum beats, going from an almost krautrock-
like drive to all-out bombastic. All topped with classic synths and a powerful voice, soaked in reverb.

In the first years of its existence, the group of five has already left quite an impression. The band started its careerwith a steady rise, playing both Paradiso and Melkweg Amsterdam. A show at the Portuguese Entremuralhas Festival 2016 was praised as one of the best openers of the festival ever, and confirmed the band’s internationalpotential.

Silent Runners was also booked for the biggest wave festival of the world in 2018: Wave Gotik Treffen.

I LIKE TRAINS (UK)

I Like Trains (previously styled as iLiKETRAiNS) is an English alternative/post-rock band, formed in LeedsWest Yorkshire, England. The group play brooding songs featuring sparse piano and guitar, baritone vocals, uplifting choral passages and reverberant orchestral crescendos. They draw their inspiration from historical failings and a pessimistic world view.

On 7 April 2007,  I Like Trains featured on the early-hours music television programme The JD Set, which featured live performance clips and interviews. David Martin talked about how he wanted their music to have a "sense of location" and that this was lacking in music like "Godspeed and Sigur Rós". I Like Trains have had their music featured on Hollywood film trailers, adverts and television, including an episode of CSI: Miami.

I LIKE TRAINS are a hidden treasure. Haunting instrumentation and broken, world weary vocals portray a tender depiction of tragedy, past, present and future.

Building the bricks of a productive creative partnership, over the past six years I LIKE TRAINS have perfected their craft. Their sullen heart felt songs wash across you like a sea of wondrous turmoil.

HOLYGRAM (GER)

Music for the lost: HOLYGRAM‘s music blends post-punk and new wave with Krautrock and shoegaze elements into a headstrong, multi-layered and thoroughly contemporary homage to the sound of the 1980s, including a resolute look to the future: driving, dark and full of catchy moments. The wide range of influences of the five band members, who got together in Cologne’s vibrating musical landscape in 2015, are unmistakable: New Order meets NEU!. Their unpretentious approach to their own icons proves that references to the past must always be future-oriented, too. Previously impossible-to-combine elements come together cleverly to become the soundtrack of a city that appears threatening in the twilight.

The band who always wrap themselves in dense wafts of mist and cool lighting on stage have played numerous festivals, such as the Mailfeld Derby, Wave-Gotik-Treffen and New Waves Day and accompanied British act OMD on their 2017 European tour. At the end of the year, HOLYGRAM are set to embark on an extensive support tour with VNV Nation through Europe and the US to introduce their debut album Modern Cults live.

THEN COMES SILENCE (SWE)

Then Comes Silence are the Swedish captains of postpunk. The quartet from Stockholm is a fresh breeze of gothic renaissance, kicking darkness around with hammering rhythms and melodies that make hearts melt and blood freeze. The fascination for doom and darkness pervade and influence every tune and word.

The music of Then Comes Silence takes the listener on a journey from swinging postpunk to the shadows of goth-gaze and into scraps of coal hearted psych. The sharp soundscape is intense, massive and pounding. The lyrics flirt with death and sorrow. It’s goth, psychedelica, rock and post-punk in a symbiosis. Since the band’s very first show, as the opening act for A Place to Bury Strangers in 2012, TCS have been signed to Nuclear Blast, supported Fields of The Nephilim, Chameleons Vox, toured frequently around Europe and released four full-length albums.

The sonic collaboration of two guitars creates an imaginative dimensional sonic picture, propelled either side of the drum and bass lead, like a dark and winged creature. Sinister and threatening vocals set up a presence that is both exciting and foreboding. Adrenaline guaranteed! Their music attracts wide attention and is praised for its apocalyptic sound and dystopian message.

Their fourth album, “Blood”, released October 20th 2017 on Nuclear Blast was produced and engineered by Tom van Heesch (Rammstein, Entombed A.D., Backyard Babies, Michael Monroe).

GOLDEN APES (GER)

Golden Apes were founded in 1998 by Peer Lebrecht (vocals), Christian Lebrecht (bass) and Eric Bahrs (guitar). Following their first concerts with Scream Silence and Whispers in the Shadow, the band released their debut album, Stigma 3.am, in 2000, which was still heavily influenced by the beginnings of the Dark Wave / Postpunk and received praise from the press and audiences alike.

In 2001, drummer Nestor de Valley became a member of the Golden Apes and the result of the band's now stronger and more intense sound was the very dark and nihilistic album Thalassemia. It was followed by concerts with Clan of Xymox, The Crüxshadows and Ikon. After new personnel changes (live keyboarder Sven Wolff became a permanent member of the Golden Apes) 2003 Helianthos and the War was released, the third studio album. It became a balancing act between the experimental origins of the band and the dark melancholy of the later development and now convinced even the last critics.

The combination of catchy melodies, an atmosphere that oscillated between the vocalist's dark, melancholy voice, powerful guitars and elegiac soundscapes, and the pictorial, surreal lyrics, soon became the band's hallmark, with their fourth album, Structures [The Inner Scars] ( 2004). The highlight of the following tour was the appearance at the Wave Gothic Meeting 2005 in Leipzig.

In spring 2007, the band signed a record deal with the Russian label Shadowplay and released their fifth studio album The Geometry of Tempest exclusively in Eastern Europe.

TALES OF MURDER AND DUST (DK)

 

With the exception of a few shows it's just about a year since our last live regular concert activity. For the past 2 years we have be working gradually on our next album, with a few twist and turns along the way, that has taken the creative direction on a bit of a journey. We are now in the final stages of completing the album, where 80% is finished in terms of mixing.

 

This is the first time we are completing a full album solely written by Christian (previous releases always had 2-3 songs by our former member Kristoffer) and we are excited to share the result. We are not in a rush though - the quality comes before anything else. This is why we felt it was necessary to completely stop doing live shows to focus solely on writing, recording and mixing this album.

Once this album is out we look forward to picking up the live shows post 2019.

MOLDE (GER)

If you stop looking for recognizable connections between things, then only new relationships arise. If pieces are brought together to one location, they do not necessarily have to create a curiosity cabinet. You can make something uniform. But nothing is ever the way it seems. In any case it will not stay that way. This is what Molde stands for by her name. The result is the music on their new EP "City of Dreams II" just a city in a rehearsal room, made in an afternoon, consisting of glued equipment and memories of a video from the network. This place, like a mirage, can only be seen in a cloud of reverberation and noise. The only thing that seems to be permanently present is the machines. They give the human output signals layer by layer a tinny distance. And at the same time, the perceptible creates the impression that this process is happening right here, maybe even in your head. All the more astonishing, however, is that this really starts with only two individuals and a manageable pool of instruments and equipment, and that's precisely because, with all this noise, it creates a pressure that suffices for a stadium. A dream of rock, in which all the sense has been lost and that really has nothing threatening about it. In which the individual elements clearly stand alone and harmonize with each other out of this autonomy. Situational emotions arise. Noise has never been more sensual and emotional. Luckily this is well documented and the process understandable. Because what was there is already different again. And that's really great.

BARKAS (GER)