Thank the internet for free translation websites, because there is damn near nothing about this band in English. Hailing from Paris, Aswefall appears to have not a lot of output, the most notable of which is this single from last year, "Nevermore". I didn't need to google translate the names of bands that kept coming up in reviews about them; it seems like everyone thinks they remind them of some band from the '80s, or maybe three or four of them, but no one agrees on which one. Like Colder, they're decidedly French, and appropriately, one of their songs is the official music for Air France. But what stands out to me here isn't their techno-slick repetitive new wave, but the dark atmosphere, Cure style bassline, and Poe-esque lyrics that bring to mind a goth warehouse party.
It seems like I've been posting a lot of covers lately. I hope you don't mind, but here's another, a bit inspired by Nocturna this evening. If you've somehow managed to not hear Editors before, go check them out; this may be a cover, but it's an excellent example of their style.
In a statement about their most recent album and criticism of its tone, Tom Smith wrote, "dark is interesting, dark is exciting, dark can be funny, there’s real life in the dark, real life IS dark...I am so fucking bored of people asking us why we’re so “dark”, or worse questioning our integrity for being this way, this is how we do it, it excites us to express ourselves like this, to be honest we don't even understand what the alternative is and the alternatives we can imagine are too boring for us to even consider". Did he just write the Grufti Manifesto?*
Who better to rework a Cure song, then, than Editors? Smith invokes Ian Curtis to make Robert Smith's lyrics a little more paranoid, but I'm still not buying that he's really afraid of "the spider man". In fact, I suspect that he might just be inviting him over for dinner.
This track is taken from the BBC Radio 1 Established 1967 2 disc compilation, released in 2007 and bizarrely listed as being a Kaiser Chiefs album (they contributed the first track). It chronicles 40 years of the legendary radio show with 40 artists doing a cover for each year. Editors were assigned 1989; they certainly did right to choose a song off of Disintegration.
Kissing their metal & art-rock bands goodbye in the late 90's, vocalist Aimee Echo (Human Waste Project) and swiss army knife multi-instrumentalist Jamie Miller (Snot) bonded over a mutual love for 80's New Wave, ranging from the Cure to Missing Persons to Depeche Mode. They formed a new band together in Los Angeles soon after, encouraging their fans to "rise up & dance to a different beat" on their debut album Shakedown!. The couple provided a soundtrack for the future with memories of the past - new wave for now people.
With three albums and an EP under their belts, theSTART's latest release Ciao, Baby was issued under Metropolis Records. Echo's unique sprite-like delivery recalls the squeaks & squeals of a modern day Lene Lovich or Dale Bozzio, while in the next breath morphing into a howling Siouxsie Sioux or Exene Cervenka. Miller's guitar soundscapes are reminiscent of the early 4AD roster or bands like Bauhaus & the Chameleons. His lush keyboards shimmer, the perfect accent to Echo's pop melodies to create a sound of their own.
Featured here is Ciao, Baby's opening track "Wartime! (It's Time 2 Go Now)" as well as a cover of one of the band's favorite songs, "Cities in Dust" by Siouxsie & the Banshees.
theSTART are still active & are currently focusing on a new experimental project Normandie. And no, my love for theSTART isn't simply because Echo & I share the same hair stylist & both know the Marilyn Monroe secret! Enjoy & dance. The circle is ever larger...
I still get excited every year when we do our New Order Tribute Night. It’s not only a chance for us to play a bunch of New Order that we don’t normally play at Atomic, but it’s now one of the few times a year that I indulge in the brilliance of one of the most influential bands over the last thirty years.
The two songs here represent two completely different New Order styles, but they share that sentimental touch that ties the history of the band together. "Dreams Never End" is from their debut album Movement. Musically, the album still had a Joy Division feel to it, but it laid the ground work that turned them into international pop stars later in the decade. It's one of the few New Order songs with Peter Hook on vocals. Listen to Dreams Never End (1982) and then The Cure’s Inbetween Days (1985). Trust me. The second song, "Here to Stay" was recorded for the 24 Hour Party People Soundtrack in 2002 and was dedicated to Martin Hannett (Joy Division/New Order producer), Rob Gretton (Joy Division/New Order manager), and Ian Curtis (Joy Division lead vocalist).
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3/22: Technique @Neo
3/22: Bittersweet @Late Bar
3/23: Qbot @Downtown Bar
3/23: James Murphy/LA Jesus @The Mid
3/23: Fred Falke/Zebo/Trancid @SmartBar
3/24: Harvey @SmartBar
3/24: A Love Supreme @The Loveship
3/24: Planet Earth @Late Bar
3/25: Dollar Disco @SmartBar
3/28: Qbot @Morseland
3/30: 6th Borough Project/The Revenge @SmartBar
3/30: Wolfgang Gartner @The Mid
3/31: Panic! @Darkroom
4/1: Hot On The Heels @Danny's
4/1: Dollar Disco 2yr Anniv./Farewell Party @SmartBar
4/3: Gotye @Aragon
4/3: Swervedriver @Bottom Lounge
4/3: Ting Tings @Metro
4/4: Metronomy/Hey Champ @Lincoln Hall
4/5: Thomas Dolby @Park West
4/5: Technique @Neo
4/5: Shimmer @Late Bar
4/6: Juan Maclean @SmartBar
4/6: Pandemic @Exit
4/6: Neon Indian @Metro
4/10: Rasputina @Double Door
4/19: Kaiser Chiefs @House of Blues
4/21: Modeselektor @Metro
4/12: Technique @Neo
4/12: Bittersweet @Late Bar
4/13: Matthew Dear @SpyBar
4/16: Daryl Hall @Auditorium Theatre
4/16-17: Death Cab For Cutie/Low @Chicago Theatre
4/27: Smithereens @Beverly Arts Center
5/3: Spiritualized @Metro
5/4: M83 @Riviera
5/11: VHS or Beta @Empty Bottle
5/12: Electric Six @Double Door
5/12: Quintron @Empty Bottle
5/16: Cranberries @Riviera
5/17: Xiu Xiu @Lincoln Hall
5/26-29: Movement Festival @Detroit, MI
6/9: Kinky @Congress
6/10: Radiohead/Caribou @First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
6/20-21: Foster The People @Congress
6/23: Raveonettes @Subterannean
6/29: Fruit Bats @Schubas
6/29: Ministry @The Vic
7/6: B-52s @Charter One Pavilion
9/19-20: Madonna @United Center
10/13: Adam Ant @Cubby Bear