Modem The Band are a post-punk coldwave project from Larissa, Greece, with minimal, schizoid, tuneful attitude. They released on September 07th their first single “Equal”, to worlwide appreciation, followed by the minimal coldwave of the lockdown inspired “Incarceration”. The album “Chapter I: Inspiration” is released on November 02nd, 2020, Vinyl 12″/Digital, through Grey Dome Records. Modem The Band was created in 2018 in Larissa, Greece. It was the idea of Constantine which soon became a reality, consisting of a labyrinth of synth, dark and post punk sounds. Constantine (aka Zakk Minimal), a long time music producer, had the need to experiment both musically and expressively. The initial line up of the band was Constantine, She (Vocals), Johny Teo (Guitars) and Theodore (bass) but after a year of live performances, musical quests and drastic changes the lineup shifted and so did the sonic direction of the band. Constantine and Theodore added Polydefkis in vocals for new album recordings, plus guest vocalists at times. Modem The Band aim to share their musical aesthetics, always create fresh, modernized music breaking new grounds of sounds and at the same time creating new genres. “Chapter I: Inspiration”, our debut album is based on the music we loved and became a part of it, a blend of modular sounds and analog instrumentation
“Diamond Dust” is the debut album for Bilbosa, released by Seahourse recording. Bilbosa started in Genoa in 2016, after their previous project “Chaos Del Signor Gaza” disbanded. The four remaining musicians spent much of their energies collaborating, jamming, and trying to find out what musical route to seek. Finally, they decided to lock themselves in the recording studio in 2018, a choice that fostered the recording of their first official album, produced at Green Fog by Tristan Martinelli. “Diamond Dust” is an album that is meant to summon a large range of emotions, from absolute happiness and joy to moments of sorrow, and despair. Universal emotions that everyone experiences at multiple junctures of their lives. This album is instrumental in its entirety; therefore, there are nor lyrics neither words that suggest to the listener how to openly feel or what to contemplate. The auditor has full control and complete authority to be guided by his own instinct, emotions and images that form in his head listening to the musical pieces. The experience is distilled from the tallest cold Chilean mountains, to the hottest sandy beaches in Borneo, through a sulfuric volcano of the Pacific rim, flying above the waters in Africa with a flock of flamingos, and watching the icebergs alongside the polar bears. A declaration of love to Mother Earth in her virginity and variety. This music was conceived with the intention to lead the listenerthrough a travel around the globe, to amazing places we would love to explore, even when life forcefully tie us to our sofas.
“Diamond Dust” è l’album d’esordio della band italiana “Bilbosa” per la Seahorse Recording di Paolo Messere. La band genovese si è formata nel 2016, dopo lo scioglimento del precedente gruppo “Chaos del Signor Gaza”. I quattro musicisti che la compongono hanno speso molte delle proprie energie collaborando, jammando e cercando di capire che linea musicale intraprendere, fino al momento in cui, nel 2018, hanno deciso di rinchiudersi in studio per registrare il loro primo album ufficiale. Diamond Dust è un album che rievoca emozioni di ampio range, dalla gioia e dalla felicità assoluta a momenti di tristezza, e di disperazione. Emozioni universali che ognuno di noi ha provato in diversi momenti della propria vita. L’album è totalmente strumentale; non vi sono quindi testi ne’ parole che indirizzino l’ascoltatore verso stati d’animo precisi, lasciandogli il pieno controllo e l’autorità di lasciarsi guidare dal suo istinto, dalle sue emozioni e dalle immagini che si proiettano autonomamente nella sua testa durante l’ascolto dei pezzi. L’immaginario spazia dalle glaciali montagne del Cile alle calde spiagge sabbiose del Borneo, passando attraverso un vulcano sulfureo dell’anello del Pacifico, per volare sopra le acque dell’Africa con uno stormo di fenicotteri e poi guardare gli iceberg in compagnia di orsi polari. Questa musica è stata concepita proprio con l’intento di far viaggiare mentalmente l’ascoltatore attorno al globo, verso i luoghi che amerebbe esplorare, anche quando si è, più o meno forzatamente, inchiodati al proprio divano
Released April 29th, 2022, NO VAX (What’s Inside?) is the brand new single by Border., following their notorious debut EP We Don’t Exist (September 2020), which featured the radical LGBT dance anthem Double Rainbow. NO VAX is a powerful techno-punk ritual, aiming to exorcise in an ironic way the nightmares of the pandemic’s everyday life. A super-acid sound booms overwhelmingly, in a game of synths and “glitch” filters, all over Erika’s voice reciting as a kind of litany the list of Covid’s vaccines, variants, masks, Green Pass, etc. You can feel the not-so-subtle sarcasm about No Vax people, their conspiracy’s theories and their surreal skepticism against science. In the very end, we just have to dance while we can, as much as we can.
The video was created by Veronica Fausti combining graphic video editing programs, such as Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, with Procreate digital drawing software. The beats of the music enhance the acid rave style of the video, with distorted effects and RGB Glitch. The drawings are inspired by the No Vax propaganda, questioning the efficacy, purpose and composition of vaccines. It’s a stroboscopic journey, as if vaccines were comparable to drugs and their hallucinogenic effects. The “mouth” is the predominant element, because this issue has been and is “on everyone’s lips”.
Border. – A short bio
Border., it’s written just like that, with the final dot indicating that there are no borders, in geography as in art. Border. has an extreme sound, without compromise, obsessive rhythms that summarize the last forty years of punk and industrial, a perfect synthesis between Siouxsie, The Prodigy, The Cramps, Atari Teenage Riot. The duo was born from the meeting between Demi More and Erika Spada in 2017 in the cult place of Bologna’s counterculture, via del Pratello; they found out they were both passionate about electronic music, post punk, garage rock and both have had many experiences in the field of music, theater and performance arts. Demi was invited in 2012 to perform at the German Lollapalooza, and Erika had several collaborations as a playwrighter and actress – as Peraspera Festival. Demi was looking for a voice to complete his musical delirium and so the deal was done. In September 2020 they released the WE DON’T EXIST – EP, recorded with the skilful production of Gianluca Lo Presti in the Loto Studio in the province of Ravenna. The EP encloses the single Double Rainbow, which caused quite a storm getting airplay and coverage all over the globe, from The States to France, from the Uk to New Zealand. The track was a radical manifesto in support of civil rights, paired by a video juxtaposing images of Trump, The Pope, Pride Parades and tribal dances, defined by Ice No Fruits blog “a technicolour maelstrom”.
After two years of pandemic, Border. now return with a new single, which is not by chance called NO VAX (What’s Inside?) and is again produced by Lo Presti. The release is scheduled for April 29, 2022.
Biografia Border., si scrive proprio così, con il punto finale ad indicare che non esistono confini, in geografia come nell’arte. I Border. hanno un sound estremo, senza compromessi, ritmi ossessivi che riassumono gli ultimi quarant’anni di punk e industrial, una perfetta sintesi tra Siouxsie, The Prodigy, The Cramps, Atari Teenage Riot. Il duo nasce dall’incontro tra Demi More ed Erika Spada nel 2017 nel luogo da sempre chiave della controcultura bolognese, Via del Pratello. Entrambi sono appassionati di musica elettronica, post punk, garage rock ed entrambi hanno alle spalle numerose esperienze nel campo della musica, del teatro e delle performance arts. Demi è stato invitato nel 2012 a esibirsi al Lollapalooza tedesco, ed Erika è reduce da diverse collaborazioni come drammaturga e attrice, fra cui il Peraspera Festival. Demi cerca una voce per completare il suo delirio musicale ed ecco che il gioco è fatto. A Settembre 2020 la prima uscita discografica: WE DON’T EXIST – EP, realizzato sotto l’abile produzione di Gianluca Lo Presti nel Loto Studio in provincia di Ravenna. L’EP include il singolo Double Rainbow, un manifesto radicale in favore dei diritti civili a colpi di synth e beats, supportato da un video – definito dal blog US Ice No Fruits “a technicolour maelstrom”– che mischia Trump, il Papa, Pride Parade e danze tribali. A Novembre 2021 il duo si esibisce durate la Milan Music Week, selezionati per gli showcase di Linecheck. I Border. tornano ora con un nuovo singolo, che non a caso si chiama NO VAX (What’s Inside?) ed è sempre prodotto da Lo Presti, disponibile dal 29 Aprile 2022 sul loro Bandcamp, You Tube, e a breve anche su tutti i digital stores.