Tag: Altone


New Release – August 2018


Label: Reptile Music
Format: Album (CD/Digital)
Cat No: RM004
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 31.08.18
File Under: Post Punk | Wave | Shoegaze




What’s the sound of infinite space? LUC STARGAZER invite the audience into their spaceship and on a musical trip to the stars. With a mixture of Post Punk, Wave and Shoegaze the four musicians from Dresden dash through the cosmos. Fasten your seat belt! Or rather: let go and touch the vastness of space.

LUC STARGAZER were formed in 2010 by frontman Lazy Schulz (Whispers In The Shadow). With the current line-up Rico Meerheim, Falk Brederlow and Michael Bader, the band – which name reflects an affinity for space right from the beginning – soars to new heights. In 2011 they recorded their first EP “Evolution” with the help of producer Rico Schwibs (Fastlane Production).

In 2018 LUC STARGAZER have found a new home with the Cologne-based Indie Label Reptile Music where they will release their debut album „Lunascape“ on August 31. The single “Dramaboy And Traumaqueen” offered a first glimpse of the longplayer. The song is characterized by an energetic, fast-paced sound framework that also runs through the entire album.

On the 14 tracks melodic guitar walls meet a bass clear as the night sky, driving drums and a charismatic voice. The songs are combined by instrumental parts and together they create a dark and haunting soundscape – the band calls this “Lunascape”.  Therefore the album is a mix of up-tempo songs like “Dramaboy And Traumaqueen”, “Lucys Eyes”, “Intronauts” and powerful, atmospheric tracks like “Brightness” or “Mr Freeze”. LUC STARGAZER tell stories that originate from their inner thoughts and lead to an emotional journey through the universe.

Performing intense and touching live shows is another integral part of the band. LUC STARGAZER played over 70 concerts in recent years, including support gigs for Die Art (GER), The Chameleons Vox (UK) and Late Night Ventures (DK). They also thrilled their audience at numerous festivals. The next one, NCN Festival (Deutzen, GER), is already soon to come.

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08.09.18 Deutzen, NCN Festival


LUC STARGAZER’s debut album “Lunascape” will be released on August 31st!
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New Release – July 2018

Dramaboy And Traumaqueen

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital Single
Cat No: RMD006
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 27.07.18
File Under: Post Punk | Wave | Shoegaze



Since 2010 the Dresden-based band LUC STARGAZER and its frontman Lazy Schulz (Whispers In The Shadow) are exploring the endless expanses of the musical universe between Post Punk, Wave and Shoegaze. Their sound leads through a mixture of melodic guitar walls, starry bass and powerful drums combined with charismatic and unique vocals. The atmospheric music with both electronic and rock elements includes themes around the universe in multilayered arrangements with subtle lyrics.

LUC STARGAZER have found a new home with the Cologne-based Indie label Reptile Music where they release the first single “Dramaboy And Traumaqueen“ from the upcoming album “Lunascape” on July 27th. The title track tells the story of two soulmates in a tragical way and is driven by an energetic up-tempo sound. Besides the edit of “Dramaboy And Traumaqueen” the digital single features also the exclusive song “Sleepless”. The debut album “Lunascape” is scheduled for release at the end of August 2018.

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New Release – May 2018

SWIRLPOOL – Camomile

Label: Reptile Music
Format: EP (CD/Digital)
Cat No: RM003
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 25.05.18
File Under: Shoegaze | Indie | Dream Pop



SWIRLPOOL Release Info

Sometimes you feel a certain way you can’t even describe. As if someone pressed the pause button on life. There might be obstacles in your way, a heavy heart, thoughts going around your head. That’s what SWIRLPOOL is here for; for all your nightly worries and woes.

The band from Regensburg, Germany, is made up of half the members of Dress and already caused some commotion in the alternative music scene since its formation at the end of 2016. With an easy-going attitude to music, a mix of Shoegaze, Indie Rock and Dream Pop, as well as true to the motto ‘sounds better with reverb’, the quartet secured a place in the hearts of all of those who were looking for such an atmospheric sound. SWIRLPOOL’s musical tapestry gives you a deep feeling of hope, nostalgia and confidence that the film of your life is flying by, in chilled out slo-mo.

After the two singles Camomile & Tired Eyes plus videos and several live shows, the debut EP Camomile is finally released digitally and on CD by Reptile Music, as well as on vintage tape by the passionate indie label Koepfen. The songs delight with a cool arrangement, balanced production, catchy harmonies and a big wall of sound, without sounding melodramatic. As an extra there are two electronic remixes from Sailora and Aethon on the record.

Furthermore, at the end of May and beginning of June SWIRLPOOL are going on tour with their label buddies Shun. So check out the dates and come along. Let’s wait and see where this road leads to. Until then, good night and good slo-mo.



31.05.18 München, Cord Club (w/ Shun)
02.06.18 AT-Wien, Venster 99 (w/ Shun)
08.06.18 Karlsruhe, Kohi (w/ The Foreign Resort)
29.06.18 Deggendorf, Holler
04.08.18 Hamburg, Häkken
01.10.18 Regensburg, Alte Mälzerei (w/ Jaguwar)
28.10.18 Regensburg, Popkultur Festival
09.11.18 Köln, Gebäude 9 (w/ Holygram & Whispering Sons) > TICKETS | FB

Watch the official video clip for “Tired Eyes”:

SWIRLPOOL’s debut EP “Camomile” was released on May 25th!
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New Release – May 2018

SHUN – Nothing Quite As Heavy

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital EP
Cat No: RMD005
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 11.05.18
File Under: Shoegaze | Alternative



SHUN Release Info

After two years of playing shows and releasing demos, “Nothing Quite As Heavy” is the first proper release for SHUN. The four-piece group hailing from Münster, Germany presents four tracks that combine a whirl of distorted guitars and pounding drums with airy and intricate pop sensibilities. With their influences set in both traditional and newer alternative rock, indie and shoegaze, the band avoids an all too exaggerated use of noise and layers while still easily maintaining a profoundly dreamy atmosphere that should appeal to fans of acts such as Nothing, Newmoon or Turnover. By exploring different notions of the self in its relations to others, SHUN prove with this debut EP that a sense of being can’t be found in a single feeling but exists only in between those moments of weightlessness and the ones that bring you to the floor.
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31.05.18 München, Cord Club (w/ Swirlpool)
02.06.18 AT-Wien, Venster 99 (w/ Swirlpool)
06.06.18 Köln, Live Music Hall (w/ Psychedelic Furs)

Watch the official video clip for “Over Me”:

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Get the limited tape edition at koepfen records


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




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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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






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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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) > TICKETS | FB
27.05.18 FR-Lille, Le Cactus de Siberie
28.05.18 FR-Strasbourg, Diamant d’Or
29.05.18 UK-London, Monarch
30.05.18 UK-London, Lexington


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






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.



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
21.07.18 Bochum Total
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
27.10.18 Hamburg, Hafenklang
10.11.18 Krefeld, Kulturfabrik (w/ Invisible Limits)
24.11.18 Berlin, Bi Nuu
more to be announced soon…


New Release – April 2017


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




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.



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)


New Release – April 2017


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.



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)


New Release – April 2017


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



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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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