The split 7″ where bands cover each other’s songs is a proud indie rock tradition, and we now have a new entry into the canon. Prrotomarty and Preoccupations, two likeminded postpunk bands from cold and desolate corners North America, recently went off on a co-headlining tour together. And today, they’ve released the new split Telemetry At Howe Bridge, on which they leave their own marks on each other’s tracks.
“Pontiac 87″ originally showed up on Protomartyr’s 2015 album The Agent Intellect, and it’s a sinuous and brooding song, a little less splenetically word-heavy than a lot of other Protomartyr joints. That makes it perfect for Preoccupations, who hone in on the song’s heady churn and inject a bit more Joy Division-style dread into it.
The five piece released last year debut album ‘Superior State’, a record that takes inspiration from the brooding post-punk of Protomartyr, Joy Division and beyond, but harbours a shimmering gothic heart, recalling the widescreen, arena-bound synths of Gary Numan. Tonight in concert at Razzmatazz 3.
Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong), to the rescue of post-punk. Disturbing and profound both for their forms and for their lyrics, Preoccupations await you in Barcelona today at La  of Apolo. They are a project that you should listen to almost by obligation. For fans of Savages, Clinic, This Heat, Liars, Deerhoof, Sebadoh, Echo & The Bunnymen or Pavement. We go back even further to see the flavors of bands from the 80s like Joy Division, The Church, or The Fall. They pick up their sober and dark style and place it today.
Barcelona born, London based performer Odina covers “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Named after Mount Odina in Northern Spain, Odina’s stripped back cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” captures the despair and desperation of Joy Division’s original. You can hear the pain and frustration in her raw, emotive vocals when she sings the famed chorus while the subtle instrumentation tugs at the heart strings.
Mestre Bergman travelled to Turkey to discover a new band. Istanbul band The Away Days released two singles from their debut album (due out in 2017) earlier this year, along with playing their first European headline tour. It’s dream pop that draws influences from India and the far east as well as the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths and the La’s, and has attracted support from Savages, Belle & Sebastian, and Everything Everything.
Fa poc dies George Michael va morir a la seva casa de Londres. Aprofitem l’ avinentesa per rendir-li un petit homenatge. El nostre estimat Il Dottore. per cert ara viu a Londres, ens ha preparat com cada setmana una versió molt especial. En aquest cas la que va fer el cantant anglès d’una de les millors cançons dels també britànics New Order: “True Faith”. L’any 1984 mentre estava com a convidat al show “Eight Days A Week” declarà que era fan de Joy Division i que el seu disc “Closer” era un dels seus favorits. Anys després versionaria “True Faith” del New Order pel British charity Comic Relief, La versió està farcida d’efectes vocals.
Dan Boeckner, guitarist of the edgy band Wolf Parade, changes register and moves into the sphere of eighties electronic pop and synth-pop with Operators, a project that he shares with drummer Sam Brown (Devojka, Divine Fits) with whom he updates the dark sounds of bands such as New Order and Joy Division. After publishing a presentation EP in 2014, the band has released their first LP this year Blue Wave, an album that has elements of LCD Soundsystem, Depeche Mode and Future Islands. This next friday night at Primavera Club.