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MESSER BRÜDER – GESTÖRT_01 [EP]

New Release – April 2018

MESSER BRÜDER – Gestört_01

Label: Mira Records / Reptile Music
Format: Digital EP
Cat No: Mira18
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 27.04.18
File Under: Electronique Garage Rock

 

 

MESSER BRÜDER Release Info

Train out of order, instruments lost, no internet, no room, pangs of hunger: disorder on all levels. Stranded in the outback of nowhere. 12 hours on the station platform, too much time just to wait for the next connection. Bad mood and a plan: 12 hours time to write new songs. Using mobiles, instruments (I thought they were lost???) and empty water bottles, 12 songs emerged. This year revised versions will be released on three new EPs. Due to artistic differences the first part Gestört_01 will be released on April 27th, 2018 instead of March 2nd. The video for the song Bit Commander is already available in the internet.
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DEAD LEAF ECHO – BEYOND.DESIRE [German Release]

New Release – March 2018

DEAD LEAF ECHO – Beyond.Desire
[German Release]

Label: Reptile Music / Moon Sounds
Format: Album (CD/LP)
Distribution: Altone
Territory: GAS
Release Date: 09.03.18
File Under: Nouveau Wave | Shoegaze

 

 

 

 

DEAD LEAF ECHO Release Info

English Version:

Brooklyn’s DEAD LEAF ECHO is a music/art collective that released their debut LP Thought And Language in 2013. That premier album was strongly influenced by many 4AD acts, brought into sharp focus by the mixing of John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, Lush, NIN) and featuring artwork by 4ADs legendary designer V23’s Vaughan Oliver which further enhanced their strong aesthetic connections to that label. The band maintains a distinctive ethos-embracing their idols, while still forging their own sound.

Their second LP Beyond.Desire finds them working with legendary engineer Guy Fixsen (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive) and Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, No Joy, Tamaryn) with artwork from Timothy O’Donnell (another 4AD design alumni) at Mexican Summer’s Gary’s Electric studio in Greenpoint/Brooklyn.

The new record finds them exploring something much more than bands within their sphere typically strive for – it’s introspection leavened with human connectedness and higher arching themes of maturation and growth that transcend the basic needs of lust and want. This record comes far closer to approximating their live show, with a scorching sound that is often volatile, rife with damaged guitar deconstructions and gleaming figures, yet maintains their eminently melodic sensibilities. Beyond.Desire shifts from shimmering to scorching at the drop of a hat held together by rock solid songwriting. By moving between both ends of the spectrum, the ten tracks on Beyond.Desire function both as blissed-out, resplendent expository narratives, and also as pure, white-noise nihilism.

Both their live performances and album, replete with gorgeous packaging and artwork, are crucial entry points to understanding the band. DEAD LEAF ECHO has done multiple tours over the past years resulting in over 200 shows worldwide. Their upcoming tour will also take them to Europe again for the third time.

Deutsche Version:

Nach der Veröffentlichung der Vorabsingle Strawberry.Skin im vergangenen Jahr legt das Musikerkollektiv DEAD LEAF ECHO nun sein zweites Full-Length-Album Beyond.Desire nach. Ähnlich wie beim Vorgänger Thought And Language von 2013 zeigt sich das Quartett aus Brooklyn erneut sehr stark beeinflusst durch den musikalischen Stil und die künstlerischen Gestaltung von Künstlern aus dem Umfeld des britischen Kultlabels 4AD (Cocteau Twins, Lush etc).

Nichtsdestotrotz entwerfen DEAD LEAF ECHO auf ihrem neuen Werk einmal mehr ein eigenes Klangbild, das mit dichten Reverb-Gitarren, atmosphärischen Flächen und dunkler Rhythmik irgendwo zwischen Shoegaze, Dream Pop und Nouveau Wave pendelt. Die melodische Textur wird dabei des Öfteren gebrochen, um kurz darauf wieder harmonisch zusammenzufließen. So fängt Beyond.Desire besser denn je den Bühnensound der Band ein, der in der Regel noch um einiges brachialer und düsterer als die Studioaufnahmen daherkommt.

Für die Produktion von Beyond.Desire wurde der legendäre Soundtechniker Guy Fixsen verpflichtet, der auch schon mit My Bloody Valentine und Slowdive gearbeitet hat. Ebenfalls beteiligt war Jorge Elbrecht, der zuvor bereits für Ariel Pink, No Joy und Tamaryn tätig gewesen ist. Das Artwork hat Timothy O’Donnell beigesteuert, bekannt durch deine Aktivitäten bei Vaughan Oliviers Desginstudio v23, das in den 1980er und 1990er Jahren etliche Cover von 4AD-Releases gestaltet hat.

Im Mai 2018 werden DEAD LEAF ECHO auch wieder live in Deutschland zu sehen sein. Im Zentrum ihrer dritten Europatour steht u.a. ein Auftritt beim diesjährigen WGT in Leipzig.

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DEAD LEAF ECHO EU Tour 2018

16.05.18 Berlin, Monarch
17.05.18 Hamburg, Grüner Jäger
19.05.18 Leipzig, Haus Leipzig (WGT)
20.05.18 CZ-Liberec, Azyl Pivni
21.05.18 Erfurt, From Hell
24.05.18 CH-Yverdon, Les Citrons Masques
25.05.18 CH-St. Gallen, Grabenhalle
26.05.18 Köln, Tsunami (w/ Kadeadkas)
27.05.18 FR-Lille, CCL
28.05.18 FR-Strasbourg, Diamant d’Or
30.05.18 UK-London, Lexington

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SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE – Seltsame Zustände [Re-Release 1984]

New Release – March 2018

SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE – Seltsame Zustände
[Re-Release 1984]

Label: Reptile Music
Format: CD | Digital
Cat No: RM002
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 02.03.18
File Under: New Wave | NDW | EWR

 

 

 

 

SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE Release Info

English Version:

SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE was a predecessor project of the famous german Post Punk/New Wave band ESCAPE WITH ROMEO, founded by frontman Thomas Elbern with Karl Hamacher and Silvio Franolic in Cologne/Aachen in the early 1980s. After two tape releases the trio recorded its full-length album with producer Dieter Joswig (known for his work with NICHTS) in 1984, who released it on vinyl and tape via his label JoJo Records within the same year. Thomas Elbern subsequently moved on to form PINK TURNS BLUE, but left the band soon after to launch ESCAPE WITH ROMEO in 1989. The rest is history…

34 years later Reptile Music proudly presents the re-release of the SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE album – which has meanwhile become a sought rarity – for the first time on CD. All tracks of the original record have been digitally remastered and the reproduced artwork has been adjusted for a digipak reissue.

 

Deutsche Version:

Anfang der 1980er Jahre in Köln: Thomas Elbern war gerade von Mönchengladbach in die Domstadt gezogen und vollzog mit dem Projekt T.E. MUSIK seine ersten eigenen Gehversuche. Doch noch war nicht abzusehen, wohin der Weg ihn führen würde. Die Gründung der Band ESCAPE WITH ROMEO, mit der er später auf insgesamt elf Alben die deutsche Post Punk/New Wave-Szene drei Jahrzehnte lang maßgeblich prägen sollte, lag noch fern in der Zukunft…

Im Zuge seiner frühen Soundexperimente lernte Elbern bald Karl Hamacher und Silvio Franolic, beide aus dem Raum Aachen, kennen. 1981 war auf Franolic’s Kassettenlabel Reinfall Tapes zwei Releases von T.E. MUSIK erschienenen, fortan wirkte man gemeinsam unter dem Namen SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE. Nach zwei Tape-Veröffentlichungen (1982/83) nahm das Trio im Studio des Düsseldorfer Produzenten Dieter Joswig (der zuvor bereits mit der Gruppe NICHTS gearbeitete hatte) den ersten Longplayer unter professionellen Bedingungen auf. Joswig war so angetan vom Resultat, dass er das Album 1984 über sein Label JoJo Records auf Vinyl und Kassette herausbrachte.

Satte 34 Jahre sind seit dem Originalrelease vergangen, der den Geist des frühen Gitarren-Wave atmet und mit seinen größtenteils deutschen Texten auch undergroundige NDW-Referenzen offenbart. Die längst vergriffene LP-Edition gilt mittlerweile als gesuchte Rarität, die bei Discogs zu horrenden Preisen gehandelt wird. Nun erscheint das Album via Reptile Music erstmals auf CD, komplett remastered und mit reproduziertem Artwork im Digipak.

Es blieb übrigens die letzte Veröffentlichung von SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE. 1985 gründete Elbern mit Mic Jogwer die Formation PINK TURNS BLUE, stieg jedoch 1987 bereits wieder aus und rief 1989 schließlich ESCAPE WITH ROMEO ins Leben. An der Entstehung des ersten Albums, das den ewigen Klassiker „Somebody“ enthält, waren auch wieder Hamacher und Franolic beteiligt. Der Rest ist Geschichte…

2018 steht nun im Zeichen der großen Abschiedstour von ESCAPE WITH ROMEO. Der Re-Release von SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE erscheint pünktlich zu den Auftaktshows in Essen und Köln im März.

SELTSAME ZUSTÄNDE Album Info

Tracklist:

1 Die Grosse Chance
2 Disziplin
3 Signale
4 Fussball
5 Stillstand
6 Der Fehler
7 Le Feu
8 Paranoid
9 Neutrale Liebe
10 Fleisch+Blut

All songs recorded live at Joswig-Studio Düsseldorf, 1984
Produced by Dieter Joswig for JoJo Productions
Remastered by Dieter Joswig & Fritz Fey at Double-D Studio
Artwork Reproduction by Patrick Haase
℗+© 2018 Reptile Music under exclusive licence from JoJo Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CD is also available on Reptile Music’s Bandcamp site, please click here to order.

ESCAPE WITH ROMEO The Final Escape Tour 2018

02.03.18 Essen, Grend
03.03.18 Essen, Grend
17.03.18 Köln, Gebäude 9 (w/ Invisible Limits) > TICKETS | FB
14.07.18 Hannover, Subkultur
15.07.18 PL-Bolkow, Castle Party Festival
20.07.18 Meschede, Live am See
08.09.18 Deutzen, NCN Festival
14.09.18 Karlsruhe, Kohi
15.09.18 CH-Flums, Eine Nacht im Bergwerk
21.09.18 ES-Barcelona, Salamandra
22.09.18 ES-Valencia, Rock City
23.09.18 ES-Madrid, Rock-Ola
10.11.18 Krefeld, Kulturfabrik (w/ Invisible Limits)
more to be announced soon…

THE AUTUMN SIGHS – BRANCHES EP

New Release – April 2017

THE AUTUMN SIGHS – BRANCHES EP

Label: Reptile Music
Format: EP (CD + Digital)
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 28.04.17
File Under: Shoegaze | Dream Pop | Indie

 

 

THE AUTUMN SIGHS Release Info:

THE AUTUMN SIGHS were formed in 2011 in Siegen, Germany. The trio is mainly influenced by the indie-guitar-sound of the late 80s / early 90s and classic shoegaze bands like Slowdive, Lush, Ride and My Bloody Valentine. Their music combines disturbing „Wall of Sound“ and bittersweet melancholy.

After the debut EP “Sprig” (2012) the new EP “Branches“ marks the beginning of a tetralogy. The next part is already in the works and scheduled for release later this year. Additionally, a 12” vinyl for the Berlin based label Dreams Never End is planned as well.

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THE AUTUMN SIGHS Live:

27.05.17 Köln, Tsunami (w/ Dead Leaf Echo)
03.06.17 Hamburg, Marias Ballroom (w/ The Sweeps)
28.06.17 Berlin, Schokoladen (w/ The Workhouse)
30.06.17 Dinklage, Alte Weberei (w/ The Workhouse)
16.12.17 Berlin, Acud macht neu (Shoegazer Festival)

THE HISTORY OF COLOUR TV – SOMETHING LIKE ETERNITY [German Release]

New Release – April 2017

THE HISTORY OF COLOUR TV –
SOMETHING LIKE ETERNITY

Label: Reptile Music / Weird Books
Format: Album (DLP GAS + Digital Europe)
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 13.04.17
File Under: Indie | Alternative

 

THOCTV Release Info:

Something Like Eternity is the third album from the Berlin-based international band The History Of Colour TV. The group traveled to France in the spring of 2016 to record with Peter Deimel (The Ex, The Wedding Present etc) at the legendary Black Box studios. Stylistically, the album is a departure from its predecessors’ dreamy, reverb-laden sound signatures. Here the band is heard live and without artifice, a dynamic and open recording with minimal overdubs. The album is a cycle of fractured, ominous narratives – songs haunted by indeterminate characters and small-town wilderness, stories of emotion without release, of things happening because nothing is… And within the songs’ elongated structures and narrative themes, the band blends their customary melodic sensibilities with noisy echoes of the early American underground.

The History Of Colour TV was founded in 2010 in Berlin by british artist Jaike Stambach. Over the course of two albums and multiple EPs released, the band has been unabashedly diverse in their approach, exploring harsh noise, experimental sound collages, reverb-saturated dream-pop, shoegaze guitar-scapes, or the stripped-down rock of their more recent offerings. Their new album Something Like Eternity will be released in Germany on April 13th 2017.

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THOCTV Live:

12.05.17 Berlin, Kaos (w/ The Prids)
14.05.17 Berlin, XB (w/ The Prids)
17.05.17 Köln, King Georg (w/ The Prids)
18.05.17 FR-Paris, Supersonic (w/ The Prids)
01.09.17 Berlin, Schokoladen (w/ The Stargazer Lilies)

MESSER BRÜDER – FAHR ZUR HÖLLE

New Release – April 2017

MESSER BRÜDER – FAHR ZUR HÖLLE

Label: Reptile Music / Mira Records
Format: Album (CD + Digital)
Cat No: Mira17
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 07.04.17
File Under: Indie | Garage | Electro Pop

 

MESSER BRÜDER Release Info:

There hadn’t been a plan. Coming from a rehearsal she took the wrong door, tumbled into the studio and then she sang. And that was it. From then on the MESSER BRÜDER formed a trio – with her. Almost everything has changed since then: more vocals, more melodies, more aggression and most of all her voice.

Relationship is brittle but the music ties them together. On a personal level they walk on thin ice, but musically they all just fit together: electronic beats, slicing synthesizer-sounds, fat basses, cinematic guitar sounds from the steel-mill and a voice just to melt away. The music is a mix of real instruments and programmed sounds, full of surprising twists and turns and catchy tunes.

It was in Darmstadt where the musicians Thomas Buchenauer and Florian Malicke met. Somehow they both had ended up in that town near Frankfurt. Since 2010 they released three albums full of electronic instrumental music, which they also performed at theatre productions. Along with singer and actress Julia Rothfuchs the “EP 1” was released in 2016. The new album is titled “Fahr zur Hölle” (“Go To Hell”).

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MESSER BRÜDER Live:

06.05.17 Frankfurt, Blaues Haus
09.06.17 Heidelberg, Villa Nachttanz
17.06.17 CH-Zürich, Umbo
23.06.17 Darmstadt, Oettinger Villa
12.08.17 Frankfurt, Landungsbrücken
04.11.17 Frankfurt, Landungsbrücken

HOLYGRAM – HOLYGRAM REMIXED [Digital EP]

New Release – March 2017

HOLYGRAM – HOLYGRAM REMIXED

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital EP
Cat No: RMD001
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 03.03.17
File Under: Post Punk | New Wave | Shoegaze

 

HOLYGRAM Release Info:

The Cologne based band HOLYGRAM have already shown their stunning potential with the self-titled debut EP, which Reptile Music released for the first time on CD in February 2017. Besides the five original tracks it contained four brandnew remixes by Blind Delon, Box And The Twins, D’Evoé and Bob Humid. Those mixes have been collected for the digital release of the EP “Holygram Remixed”.

HOLYGRAM walk the tightrope between New Wave, Post Punk and industrial Krautrock: driving, gloomy and full of catchy moments. The varied influences of the five band members who gathered in the vibrant music landscape of Cologne in 2015 are unmistakable: New Order meets NEU! Previously contradictory elements are deftly combined into a sinister soundtrack for the city at twilight. Music for the lost.

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HOLYGRAM REMIXED EP Tracklist:

1. Acceleration (D’Evoé Remix)
2. Still There (Blind Delon Remix)
3. Daria (Bob Humid’s No Control Remix)
4. Still There (Dreamed by Box And The Twins)

HOLYGRAM – HOLYGRAM EP [CD Edition]

New Release – February 2017

HOLYGRAM – HOLYGRAM EP [CD Edition]

Label: Reptile Music
Format: CD
Cat No: RM001
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 17.02.17
File Under: Post Punk | New Wave | Shoegaze

 

 

HOLYGRAM Release Info:

Reptile Music proudly presents the CD edition of the stunning debut EP from the Cologne based band HOLYGRAM! Besides the five original tracks it contains four brandnew remixes by Blind Delon, Box And The Twins, D’Evoé and Bob Humid!

HOLYGRAM walk the tightrope between New Wave, Post Punk and industrial Krautrock: driving, gloomy and full of catchy moments. The varied influences of the five band members who gathered in the vibrant music landscape of Cologne in 2015 are unmistakable: New Order meets NEU! Previously contradictory elements are deftly combined into a sinister soundtrack for the city at twilight. Music for the lost.

The debut EP “Holygram” was recorded and mixed in the band’s own AMEN studio in Cologne over several months. The five songs demonstrate the bandwidth of the band without staying on the beaten track or being stranded in any one particular genre. Anyone who has seen them live will confirm that the spectrum of HOLYGRAM is by no means exhausted.

The songs “Hideaway” and “Acceleration” show the atmospheric density of the band and clearly demonstrate the aspect of contrast which resonates subliminally throughout the production. Laid back drums meet driving basslines and synthesizer melodies to reflect the conflict in the lyrics. Topics such as alienation in the dreary city or depression are explored here in a unity of word and music.

“Daria”, “Still There” and “Distant Light”, on the other hand, invite the listener to dance in the fog and strobe lights of their favourite club and make no secret of the fact that the band does not just want to stimulate melancholic musing. HOLYGRAM will present the sound captured in the studio live on stage, without relying on the usual practice of backing tracks from the laptop.

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HOLYGRAM CD Tracklist:

1. Hideaway
2. Daria
3. Acceleration
4. Still There
5. Distant Light
6. Acceleration (D’Evoé Remix)
7. Still There (Blind Delon Remix)
8. Daria (Bob Humid’s No Control Remix)
9. Still There (Dreamed by Box And The Twins)

The CD is also available on Reptile Music’s Bandcamp site, please click here to order.

HOLYGRAM Tour Dates:

20.01.17 Köln, Stadtgarten (Cologne Music Week)
25.03.17 Köln, Tsunami Club (w/ Veil Of Light)
31.03.17 Heilbronn, Mobilat
21.04.17 Duisburg, Djäzz (w/ Inseln)
22.04.17 Augsburg, Ballonfabrik (w/ Fliehende Stürme)
29.04.17 Hilden, Area 51 (Gotham Sounds Festival)
05.05.17 Bielefeld, Movie (w/ Traitrs & Japan Suicide)
03.06.17 Jena, Kulturbahnhof (w/ Soft Kill)
05.06.17 Leipzig, Wave Gotik Treffen
18.06.17 Mannheim, Maifeld Derby
22.07.17 Köln, Amphi Festival
04.08.17 Köln, Odonien (Indie Cologne Fest)
14.09.17 Münster, Gleis 22 (w/ She Past Away)
15.09.17 Wiesbaden, Schlachthof (w/ She Past Away)
16.09.17 Dresden, Strasse E (w/ She Past Away)
22.09.17 Hamburg, Molotow (Reeperbahn Festival)
23.09.17 Paris, Le Klub (w/ Bootblacks & Adam Usi)
06.10.17 Düsseldorf, Stone Club @ Ratinger Hof (w/ She Past Away)
07.10.17 Bremen, Lila Eule (w/ She Past Away)
09.11.17 Bochum, Zeche (w/ The Mission)

THE HISTORY OF COLOUR TV – WRECK [Digital Release]

thoctv-wreck-single-cover_smallNew Release – November 2016

THE HISTORY OF COLOUR TV – WRECK

Label: Reptile Music / Weird Books
Format: Digital Single (Europe)
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 25.11.16
File Under: Indie | Alternative

 

THOCTV Release Info:

Wreck is the new single by the Berlin-based international band The History Of Colour TV and the first song to be issued from their upcoming third album, for which the band traveled to France in the spring of 2016 to record with Peter Deimel (The Ex, The Wedding Present etc) at the legendary Black Box studios. Stylistically, Wreck is an accurate snapshot of the album the trio emerged with – a dynamic and open recording, live and with minimal overdubs. With its elongated structure and narrative theme, the song itself blends melodic sensibilities with noisy echoes of the early American underground.

The History Of Colour TV was founded in 2010 in Berlin by british artist Jaike Stambach. Over the course of the two albums and multiple EPs released, the band has been unabashedly diverse in their approach, exploring harsh noise, experimental sound collages, reverb-saturated dream-pop, shoegaze guitar-scapes, or the stripped-down rock of their more recent offerings. Their new album Something Like Eternity will be released in March 2017.

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BOX AND THE TWINS – Everywhere I Go Is Silence

batt-album-coverPromotion News – November 2016

BOX AND THE TWINS – EVERYWHERE I GO IS SILENCE (CD|LP|Digital)
Label: Manic Depression / Synth Religion
Distribution: Altone

Release: 08.11.16
File Under: Dark & Dream Pop

 

 

Info:

Nach den beiden EPs „Our Fears“ und „Below Zero“ legen BOX AND THE TWINS nun endlich ihr lang erwartetes Debütalbum „Everywhere I Go Is Silence“ vor, das von Hélène de Thoury (Minuit Machine, Hante, Phosphor) produziert wurde. Angefangen vom Opener „Pale Blue Dot“, zu dem kürzlich ein neues Video vorab veröffentlicht wurde, über die Frühwerke „Perfume Well“ und „Sometimes The Waves“ bis hin zum abschließenden „Western Horizon“ kreiert das Trio mit melancholischen Gitarren, düsterer Elektronik und dem verträumten Gesang der Sängerin Box den perfekten Soundtrack für die dunkle Jahreszeit. Dazwischen schlägt die Kölner Formation im Rahmen ihrer betörenden Melange aus Dark & Dream Pop bei Songs wie „This Place Called Nowhere“ und „Ice Machine“ auch durchaus tanzkompatible Klänge an.

In den vergangenen Jahren haben BOX AND THE TWINS bereits mit Künstlern wie Esben And The Witch, Roosevelt, Chameleons Vox, The KVB, Keluar, Be Forest, Minuit Machine, Hante, Schonwald, Evi Vine, Leave The Planet und A Projection die Konzertbühne geteilt. Für März 2017 ist derzeit eine gemeinsame Tour mit der deutschen Band KLEZ.E in Planung.

Live:

18.11.16 Köln, Stereo Wonderland (Free Record Release Show)
15.12.16 FR-Paris, Gibus (w/ Sjöblom)
17.12.16 Freiburg, Slow Club (w/ Selofan)

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