Posts Tagged ‘cyber punk’

May 17, 2018

One of the first things I did this morning after I got up was listen to the new Nine Inch Nails (whilst doing some planks, because I really need to, because I’m like way too out of shape lately, but I digress). Dark muddy God Break Down The Door raised my heart-rate in an instant. Frantic drums and glowering vocals abound on the wicked track, which even boasts some incredibly spectral saxophone. It’s a song that reminds me of NIN’s stint on Twin Peaks: The Return. It would’ve fit right in with the haunting performance they turned in on the cult television series. I have a feeling Lynch is really digging the new offering, which ventures deep into electro punk territory alongside its industrial electro-rock. God Break Down The Door is our first scowling, snarling taste from NIN’s next full length, Bad Witch, arriving June 22nd on Capitol Records. Pre-order the long awaited return, here. Oh, and by the way, happy birthday, Trent Reznor. 

July 6, 2016

It wouldn’t be proper to “close up shop” for the night without sharing the new Crystal Castles, particularly since I’m such a die hard fan of the techno goth and electro punk act. I’ve also been waiting to hear more from the new version of CC, or the Edith iteration. There’s been a tug of war going on in my heart for some time now. On the one hand, my love for Crystal Castles largely grew out of my adoration of Alice Glass and her ferocious personality. On the other hand, I love CC as a whole too much to give up on Ethan because of a (monumental) lineup change. Edith proves herself a worthy successor on Concrete, glowering and yelping eerily in its video. Concrete is inky dark and murky nebulous. Edith’s dissonant and disembodied vocals stab through a sea of ever shifting, cacophonous clashing beats. I can’t wait to see the new Crystal Castles live when they open up for Die Antwoord this Fall. It seems like it’s going to be as exhilarating a show as ever, and I haven’t missed a single CC show in the Bay since 2011. I even attempted to wait in line and see them in Austin at SXSW, but a sudden major thunderstorm threw a wrench in the evening’s plans. I suppose the true differences can only be scrutinized when Edith and Ethan perform older Crystal Castles songs, ones that we’re so used to experiencing with Alice Glass instead. Concrete is a taste from Crystal Castles’ new album Amnesty (I), due out in August. I’m excited, to say the least. 

Addendum: Upon further watching of the Concrete video, I’m rather tickled by the fact that they seemed to have filmed the video at an actual electronic music event (there’s a ferris wheel, EDC?), one where people don’t seem to know who Edith is or what’s going on. And their expressions are priceless as she wails and flails her way backwards into them. Nice one, Crystal Castles. Love it. Edith gets major bonus points for her gutsy antics.