Tag Archives: New Wave

Lou Reed and Me

loureedAll the good songs will, inevitably, fade away. On October 27th 2013 the 71-year long song of Lou Reed, eventually, has come to an end.

The news hit me like a hammer. I am not very much into persona cults, let alone treating my favourite musicians like gods. Still, it is different with Lou Reed, his death affects me and I have the need to contribute to the condolences expressed.  Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala 3

The articles about Polish coldwave seem to be the most popular on my site. During the last few months I got lots of comments and e-mails from you with recommendations of Polish coldwave bands. Also some bands contacted me to spread their music. This is motivation enough to continue with the topic.

In the following I want to introduce the bands Hatestory, This Cold, Józef Ost and DHM to you. Read More →

A Steampunk-Themed Music Dozen

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For a long time now I didn’t touch steampunk, although it is one of my favourite topics in contemporary popular culture. In case you don’t know yet, what steampunk is, have a look here.

The question, whether steampunk is an own genre of music, or not, is still widely discussed. To avoid any complications I prefer the use of the term steampunk-themed music. Anyway, it is rather the atmosphere, which makes the music “steampunk”, not the musical style itself. steampunk has a certain feel: when you hear it, you know it. The following is a list of songs that became dear to me during the last years since I am dealing with steampunk – in no particular order. Read More →

Temple of Venus · New Wave from Italy

tovHave you heard about the Italian new wave band called Temple of Venus? About a year ago I reviewed their album Messiah Complex, an impressive masterpiece, which became from then on a constant in my playlist.

Some days ago I got a message from the band that Temple of Venus just released a live album. Freshly out of the post box I am listening now to the record. Usually, I am not a big friend of live albums. I appreciate The Who‘s Live at Leeds and Emerson, Lake & Palmer‘s Pictures at an Exhibition. Well, I guess, Temple of VenusLive 19.04.13 CPA FIRENZE-SUD will be the third on this list, then. Read More →

1984 · Legendary Polish Coldwave

1984-why-not-Again I return to the topic of Polish new wave/coldwave. This time a legendary band, maybe my favourite among many amazing Polish bands, will be featured. It is called ‘Tysiąc dziewięćset osiemdziesiąt cztery‘. For non-native speakers of the Polish language this name might  be a little difficult to pronounce. It means 1984.

During their long history the band 1984 changed their sound several times, whereas the essence stayed the same. A potential explanation for that are the perpetual reformations of their line-up, co-founder Piotr Liszcz being the only constant in 1984, until today. Experimental use of guitar and bass, blended with a rebellious rage and musical audaciousness forms the voice of the 80’s in Poland.

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The Sounds of Slovenia

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Since almost four years I have been living now in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. For a small country with a population of 2 million people the music scene is quite vivid. When I moved here I was surprised by the amount of concerts and venues.

Maybe the most known musical export from Slovenia is the legendary group Laibach. With their provocative style they have gained international reputation and influenced many other bands, most notably Rammstein. Another known act from Slovenia is Borghesia, pathbreaking for EBM. I won’t write now about Laibach and Borghesia, maybe later, in some other article. Here I want to focus on bands, you might not know yet: Melodrom, Silence, Torul and New Wave Syria. Read More →

Ádám Bérces · Cold Minimal Electronics from Hungary

berces1One thing I really like about minimal wave music is that it is de-centralized. That means, there are many musicians out there, singing in their mother tongue, which is not always English. This gives us also access to more exotic language regions.

After a minimal wave concert in Budapest around Halloween 2012, I met with the musician, we had a little talk and stayed in touch afterwards. His name is Ádám Bérces. The following will be a short portrait of this promising minimal wave instrumentalist, his first album and his sound. Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala 2

jarocin-thumbAfter my first article about Polish coldwave/zimna fala (One Million Bulgarians, Psychoformalina, Made in Poland, Madame) I got a lot of positive feedback from you. At this point I would like to express my gratitude for that. I was also reminded that I forgot some of the important coldwave bands from Poland, which is true.

As a non-native speaker of Polish language (it is said to be one of the most difficult to learn, I can confirm that) it is not always easy to understand, what’s written about those great bands, and even harder to find the ‘insider’ music, but with the help of some of my readers from Poland I found out about three bands I want to write about in the following: Wieże Fabryk, Joanna Makabresku and Aya Rl. Read More →

dAVOS · Austrian Synthpop

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What is Austrian music famous for? I hope that the first association is not the yodeling. Mozart, the Wiener Walzer and the Neujahrskonzert probably will come to your mind. Considering popular music there was once Opus’ ‘Life is Live’, and, of course, the still legendary Falco.

The Vienna-based synthpop trio dAVOS is the living proof that Austria’s musical innovation did not come to a halt. With a blend of nostalgia and yet something fresh and new they managed to adapt synthpop to the zeitgeist of the 2010’s. They recently released their second studio album I Could Sense a Tragedy. At this occasion let’s take a closer look at their history, their music and the new album. Read More →

Interview · Clan of Xymox

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Clan of Xymox is one of those legendary bands immediately associated with gothic music. Founded in 1981 Xymox is now contributing to the dark culture for over 20 years now. Charismatic frontman Ronny Moorings, the last still active founding member, is the driving force of the group.

On December 15th Clan of Xymox had a concert  in Vienna’s well-known club Viper Room. The concert was phantastic. Being a huge fan of Xymox for years now, it was an honour and a pleasure to meet Ronny Moorings backstage, where he gave an extensive interview. Read More →