Posts Tagged ‘electronic 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. 

August 19, 2016

I can’t wait, I mean I seriously CANNOT wait for tomorrow, because come tomorrow, Crystal Castles drops their new album AMNESTY (I). As the hours whittle down and my excitement takes me to new levels of restlessness, I drown myself in today’s new reveal from the record, Sadist. Considering its name, it seems a fitting course of action, doesn’t it? Join me as the dissonance of this sonic apparition, complete with distended vocals by Edith and spectral haunting production by Ethan, send icy shivers down our spines. Though many of us had bristled at the thought of a new singer replacing Alice Glass when the news first broke, Edith has certainly won us over since. In fact, an announcement that came alongside Sadist earlier today served to cultivate my respect and affection. Edith Frances announced that Crystal Castles will share the proceeds from Amnesty (I) by donating it to Amnesty International, in order to call attention to issues that “need to be illuminated”. She went on to explain:

“Amnesty International stand up for human rights by fighting injustice hands-on, and gives a voice to those who may feel voiceless. They fight for LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, prisoner rights, and children’s rights. They fight against discrimination, arbitrary detention and unfair trials, and civilian injustice. They are the people on the ground working to change these issues and they need our help. Not just our words, but also our resources. The world is at a critical tipping point. Human rights have no borders, no language, no religion and no race. This applies to you and affects you. I challenge more musicians to do the same with their albums. Donate your proceeds to a charity of your choice. No longer can we sit back and watch and talk; what we really need right now is action.

Well there you have it. Even more reason to get Amnesty (I), as if you needed any convincing. Crystal Castles, you rule.

September 23, 2015
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Travis Egedy, or Pictureplane, the very man that coined the term “witch house” many years ago, reminds me why I’ve been a long time fan of his dark electro punk and techno goth music with new song Riot Porn. Riot Porn is exactly what I craved from Pictureplane, and it’s a dark, synthy taste from his new album Technomancer, out conveniently around Halloween this October 30th via Anticon. Riot Porn also appeals to the old trancehead within me, the very trancehead that also gets drawn into much of TR/ST’s music for the same grandly atmospheric reasons. Come November, Pictureplane will be touring with another deliciously dark act that I just recently saw, HEALTH. That’s quite a lineup for those who love hauntingly edgy music. I might have to make my way out to the Independent on December 11th. The last time I saw Pictureplane was approximately four years ago, when he signed a poster for me. I still keep it safe and sound.

August 18, 2015

This little mysterious creature showed up in my inbox earlier today, and it’s likely the most enigmatic thing I’ve encountered in awhile, as well as a really wicked, trippy treat. Snug Platters is a new label launched by Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Fiction Record’s Jim Chancellor, and they have a female artist on their roster named Steve. This Steve dropped an electro rock meets dance punk wobbler named Two Point Nearly Zero on Youtube yesterday, the second track from her debut EP. It’s a bleepy, synthy, and spacey tune. If you head to Snug Platter’s website, here, you’ll be welcomed by an odd little monologue by Steve. Steve’s EP, “Danger! High Failure Rate”, is available on iTunes. Even more cryptic is their statement that Steve only communicates via text. You can talk to Steve by texting SNUG to 62277. Anyone want to try it out and let me know what happens? Color me utterly intrigued…

March 26, 2015
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Nick Drake is a bewitching and spectacular debut single from yet another new artist from Sweden, a spunky act named MIYNT. The song is a sultry, fiery, and stormy listen. Finely layered and drenched in a swirly, noisy ambiance, it gives off a thoroughly intoxicating sound that borders on frenetically dizzying. MIYNT’s debut envelopes from all sides in a drunken, sludgy haze of sensual, punk-y Karen O blended with trip hop Phantogram and Crystal Castles’ grimy electropop.

February 7, 2015
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I’ve been a long time fan of Pictureplane’s eccentric music. In fact, I was featuring Travis Egedy on IHM in the early days of the blog, when everything wasn’t as organized and fluid. Pictureplane somehow encountered IHM and when I caught him live, he signed a poster for me with “tumblr freakz”, which is still pretty cool, to this day. The man who coined the term “witch house” has been silent for some time now, but I’m much elated to say that he’s returned with a noisy, raucous, and edgy electronic punk tune named Hyper Real. The genre defying track even boats some very classic hip hop beats. Boisterously cacophonous and organic, it’s a fresh and unique offering sure to be influential like his early tracks. Hyper Real will be out February 10th via IHC 1NFINITY along with B-sied Total Confusion.

January 17, 2015
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Every so often, I encounter a groundbreaking new act that stops me in my tracks and mesmerizes me for a long period of time, despite a growing queue of other new acts to check out. New York’s Bottoms did exactly that this morning. Time stood still. The three piece pushes musical boundaries with their brand of dark electronic music, with its hints of punk, industrial, and garage. When the haunting beats and wailing vocals kick in, I’m hard pressed not to think of now defunct Crystal Castles, who started out with a fervent cult following and grew to huge success. There’s also an electro-rock component to Bottoms that’s very much Factory Floor, but with hints of experimental Death Grips and some old Kraftwerk flavors, as well. Goodbye Cruel World is their latest intriguing offering, sure to illustrate much of those comparisons. The trio are set to release their debut goodbye ep on January 20th via JD Samson. If you’re at all as mesmerized by their sound as I am, check out hiv and boring below, too. There’s nothing boring about this band.