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Girls In Synthesis

Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future

    Following a steady stream of ultra-limited 7” singles, that were collated together in 2019 for the ‘Pre/Post: A Collection 2016-2018’ on Louder Than War, the bands highly-anticipated debut album, by those that know, arrives with the first bitter taste of new single ‘Pressure’; one-minute-and-fifty-four seconds of screeching feedback, tribal drums and unbridled rage that is exactly the shot in the arm and the boot up the arse this nation, if not the world, needs right now. “In both music and lyrical content this song sets out to capture the unrelenting pressures of living in the modern world,” explains vocalist and guitarist Jim. “The pressures and expectations of which 'they' force upon you - with the apparent realisation that you will never be what they want you to be.

    "Pressure, the twist of the gut, as one door opens another fucking shuts" Since forming in late 2016, Girls In Synthesis have quickly forged a fearsome reputation as one of the most exciting and volatile live acts in London. In equal parts frantic, considered, ear-splitting and melodic, the group take their cues from the early DIY punk and post-punk pioneers to keep everything in-house; artwork, videos, performances and recordings are created entirely by the group and their handful of trusted collaborators, under a bedrock of heavy, bludgeoning, dark, post-punk. ‘Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future’ is their first release for fabled experimental punk label Harbinger Sound and finds the band advancing their sound, making subtle but experimental shifts in texture and tone, helping to break free from the shackled straight-jacket of punk rock that, to be fair, never really held them down in the first place.

    Across the album’s ten songs, Girls In Synthesis explore a wide range of sensations and sounds as the album detonates into life with opening track ‘Arterial Movements’ in a screeching flurry of over-driven guitar and hammering drums. The contrast between the slow, mesmerising look into aging and dying in ‘Human Frailty’ (‘The realisation that you cannot halt their impending death’), to the aggressive attack on the rise of the right-wing in ‘They’re Not Listening’ (‘The time-old tradition of the right wing accosting desperate working class people has returned’) shows a wide range of subjects and reactions aggressively tackled. Mental health in a fast-moving, unforgiving world, media control, the divide widening between the have and the have nots, the class divide, the blaming of the poor, NHAEFYF bristles with an unforgiving frustration and temper. The recording of NHAEFYF started at Rockit Studio, Hull in April 2019 during days off on the UK tour to promote the ‘Pre/Post’ compilation album. The Hull sessions were engineered by studio owner and local musician Sean Tomlinson. The remainder of the album was recorded and engineered by the band throughout summer 2019 in a large rehearsal room at Gun Factory studios, Homerton. Production and finishing touches were completed at GIS bassist John’s S.I.C.K Studio in Hither Green. The album was mixed by long-time band collaborator and engineer, Max Walker (currently studying at Abbey Road).

    The album was mastered by Brett Shaw at 123 Studios, Peckham. In their few years of existence, fans and critics alike have been stunned by the bands pure visceral and punishing wall of sound, as well as applauding the groups way of making a GIS show an all-inclusive experience; playing from within the crowd to create a unique and awe-inspiring spectacle. Being hand-picked to support acts as diverse as Damo Suzuki, Slaves, Bad Breeding, Warmduscher and Wolf Alice has seen a widening of the groups fan base. Sold out headline shows across the UK have led to frantic and chaotic performances, and packed, sweaty venues, the word is getting out and spreading rapidly. Catch GIS while you can and witness the rise of one of the UK’s most original and unique underground bands.

    TRACK LISTING

    1/Arterial Movements
    2/Pressure
    3/The Images Agree
    4/Scrapped
    5/Human Frailty
    6/They’re Not Listening
    7/Cause For Concern
    8/Coming Up For Air
    9/Set Up To Fail
    10/Tirades Of Hate And Fear

    Mentira

    Mentira

      After two well-received self-released records Mentira have hooked up with Harbinger Sound for the release of this mini-album which features six brand new tracks recorded over 2019. This Sao Paulo duo - although they now reside in Barcelona - produce more infectious tunes than those previous records hinted at. These fragmented minimalist tracks captured with just cheap keyboards, a bass and the occasional drum topped with some engaging vocals from Laura Lanca will please anyone one with an ear attuned to contemporary post-punk coming from further afield than London. 

      TRACK LISTING

      A )

      1/Guerra Espacial
      2/Constantes
      3/Ajoelsaereza

      B )

      1/Capitaes De Asfalto
      2/Aprender A Dizernao
      3/Sao Paulo Sao Cinzas

      Sudden Infant

      Buddhist Nihilism

        SUDDEN INFANT is a Swiss Industrial-Dada-Noise-Rock band based in Berlin. Their 2014 album „Wölfli’s Nightmare“ on Voodoo Rhythm Records was produced by Roli Mosimann (Swans, The Young Gods, Wiseblood) and was very well received by critics and audiences. In the past Sudden Infant toured with Sleaford Mods and played alongside Wolf Eyes, Ben Frost, Merzbow, Derek Bailey, Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore and many others. The brand new 2018 album „Buddhist Nihilism“ coming in August on Harbinger Sound (Harbinger189) will consolidate the bands ability for bizarre and intense compositions full of left field humor, powerful rhythms and twisted structures.

        Brilliantly mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert (Radian) in his Vienna studio. „Buddhist Nihilism, the new Sudden Infant album is a real fistful of sturm und drang, a real departure for the band. The new record leaves some of the noise and industrial elements behind and sees the band streamlining its approach. The barebones, minimal throb recalls fellow travelers The Ex and Suicide, with your somewhat unstable downstairs neighbor screaming at the daily horrors flashing on the television screen.“


        TRACK LISTING

        A1 Rationality
        A2 Hong Kong Nursery
        A3 In This Moment
        A4 Maybe You’re Right
        A5 228
        A6 Tourists

        B1 Puppet Master
        B2 100 Word Mantra
        B3 George Clooney
        B4 Brownsville Texas
        B5 French Douche
        B6 Somniphobia II

        Noseholes

        Danger Dance

          Noseholes debut 12" LP "Danger Dance" takes the listener on a journey in a scruffy taxi unexpectedly cruising through dirty, muddy streets into a neighbourhood where discotheques are sparsely improvised in shabby basements. Whilst the LP soundtracks this journey with its disco-infused variety of Post-Punk and No Wave. The album contains groove heavy hits such as Styling, Danger Dance and Lush Box mixed with more experimental songs sung in alien tongues, a No Wave grumble rap and finally a nerve-wrecking saxophone improvisation.

          All the tracks offer up a unique take on your grasp of dance music."Noseholes are from Hamburg, but do sound straight from New York though" - Trust Mag. "The minimalism and musical approach of Noseholes reminds me of bands such as Bush Tetras, Contortions, Shopping and Nachthexen" - X-Mist Records "Harbinger Sound are going to release the album in the UK. The best indicator of the quality that can be expected and that it will be everything but boring" 

          TRACK LISTING

          1/Danger Dance
          2/Lush Box
          3/Styling
          4/Yelzins Affair
          5/Ex Driver
          6/Bed Smoker
          7/Aspirin Nation.

          Circuit Breaker

          Hands Return To Shake

            "Circuit Breaker are a band split in half. On the one hand, there is the jagged guitar and maudlin singing of Peter Simpson, which slots into the lineage of expansive and gothic punk ala Killing Joke , Bauhaus , Wire ,etc. Pushing against it is the production approach of his brother Edward. Washes of glassy FM Synth melodies are counterbalanced with bursts of electronic harshness, recalling artists such as Autechre & Pan Sonic. “Hands Return To Shake” is the second full length from the London based group and also their second release for longstanding outlier label Harbinger Sound.

            Moving on from the previous record, “My Descent Into Capital”, “Hands Return…” is a much more personal and emotive work. Simultaneously a re-affirmation and a deconstruction of influences, the orthodoxies of minimal-synth and post-punk are stretched and squeezed to breaking point. Circuit Breaker are a band who relish in holding together contradictions. Both a rock band and an electronic act , they have a blunt and direct production approach which, nether-the-less, is full of technical detail. ‘Hands Return To Shake’ will likely win them fans from a vast array of genres, from Industrial-Rock to IDM and everything in-between, providing it is dark, synthetic and angular. 

            TRACK LISTING

            A1 - Soft Talk
            A2 - Hands Return
            A3 - Propulsion
            A4 - Black Springs
            A5 - Transient Life

            B1 – Assemblage
            B2 - Thoughts Return
            B3 – Possession
            B4 - Alert

            John Wall & Mark Durgan

            Contrapt

              John Wall and Mark Durgan return after a lengthy absence [ there first release together was in 2011] Theirs is a fractured sound world woven together from improvisations that took place in the Utterpsalm Studio in London between 2012-15. The resultant seven tracks are an attempt at imposing order,structure and "expression" without meaning or intentionality onto a huge amount of heavily edited sonic material

              TRACK LISTING

              1/Contrapt
              2/Ontrapt
              3/Ntrapt
              4/Trapt
              5/Rapt
              6/Apt
              7/Pt


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