Interview with Frank from The Harrow!

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The Harrow. A band that simply showed up in the catalog at Function Operate, last year. Having just released their self-titled EP, their first offering from the realms of shoegaze meets coldwave and post-punk. It might actually sound like a great combination, and it might also be commonplace – but somehow, The Harrow is something different. There is something about their music that is so eloquent, that is so simple, but it feeds into something different. It’s pretty easy to say that something is different, when there are so many bands and different constellations out there. But I’m telling you that they are. Most of the members, if not all of them – come from different constellations. Frank, who plays the bass, synth and program their drum-machine – have that background. He’s also been in numerous different bands. I asked him about different topics, ranging from art itself to the band, but also New York and what it’s like to be a band in the Big Apple. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this interview.

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Part [III]: Invisible Guy and Nostilevo presents: Industrialized [FROM] Sense!

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Invisible Guy is collaborating with Nostilevo, which means a freaky mixtape that is in between 2 to 3 hours long. Containing both the back catalog, the front, and the end. No, seriously, we’ve put some effort into this mixtape which you can hear old Nostilevo releases on, newly released and forthcoming releases. Much to your joy, it will feature tracks from four of these coming releases. For those of you that don’t know, the forthcoming releases will feature Men Of Bissau, Desire XXI, Bad User Experience, Traag and MA Turner. We’ve incorporated tracks from their future releases on this mixtape. Tune in, tune out, meet your makers!

When Nostilevo hides in the shadows for a while, you forget what’s equally as great. The machines stop in their motions, humans once again stop consuming, as they fall into even greater apathy. So, you know, Nostilevo should be around as much as possible. It is what’s best for Industrial and humanity in general, because we need to power them up once more, so we got a hold of their general. Mr. R, as he is called, mentioned that he has got some releases going to be put out as soon as possible. Therefore, they’re back again, but we’re also back once more. Machines start to venture into motion, humans find more to be joyous about, and Industrial once again – shines like the brightest star on the blackened heavens of earth.

Tracklist:

1. Church Shuttle – Will
2. Craow – Masters Plan
3. Bad User Experience – P.C.P. N.U.
4. Dream Affair – The Porter
5. Inextremis – Blind
6. Mammal – Half Sun II
7. Ritual Howls – Hell Fuck
8. Siobhan – Southgate
9. Slaymaker Welding – Side B
10. Tollund Men – Forest of Disintegration
11. Liable – Such Glorious Youth (demo)
12. Gauze & Ivory Band – Good Taste Estate
13. Knækkede Stemmer – Tvivl
14. Dream Affair – Outside
15. Craow – Square Blocks & Dead End Streets
16. Ritual Howls – Turkish Leather
17. Church Shuttle – Leg And Leg
18. Men Of Bissau – Side B (Unreleased)
19. Inextremis – Into The Fire
20. Tollund Men – Wound Of Nature
21. Ritual Howls – Keep Those Stones Up Boys
22. Siobhan – Reaction
23. MA Turner – Boss Ranking (Unreleased)
24. The Glass Path – Untitled A
25. Dream Affair – Torn Apart
26. Bad User Experience – WATSMATTU (Unreleased)
27. Desire XXI – Notre Signaux Bond (Unreleased)
28. Ritual Howls – The Scent of Skin
29. MA Turner – Ecstatic Rank (Unreleased)
30. Desire XXI – Distorsion de la V.L.F. (Unreleased)
31. Bad User Experience – The Matrix The Movie (Unreleased)
32. Traag – Around My Home (Unreleased)
33. Pure Ground – Crawling Through

What is Invisible Guy and how did we get here?

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It’s been a great year for this blog and I can’t thank my readers enough. Since the start in the end of 2011, there’s been a constant surge and I believe I’ve put this blog on the map. To compare, this blog isn’t a journalistic blog at all, it’s a hobby or a zine if you’d stretch it that far. All this year, I’ve been working hard to keep up with everyone else and came up with my own material. There’s been a lot of in-depth interviews, reviews, promos and articles featured. Even though my project was meant to be and still is a hobby, I believe that I’ve outgrown my own shoes and I’m planning to do some new stuff in 2013. Some people have thought that this blog has many authors, but I’ll have to burst that bubble and tell you that I’m the sole writer behind all this material. Which means that I have put some real time and effort into this. I also think that I’m one of the only blogs that do track-by-track reviews, but I hope that someone will prove me wrong. The one thing I’ve been missing on Invisible Guy is the contact between me and the readers, which I hope that I can improve. Feel free to send me a mail. I’d like to thank every reader, associate, musician, blogger, friend and basically everyone that has supported me and kept me doing this for so many months. I promise you, there will be many more. Hope you have a Happy New Year and settle down with more great releases of this year, brought to you by Invisible Guy. A huge thank you to everyone.

Dream Affair – Aborted State

A somber combination of the best in post-punk, goth rock and dark wave. Scouring through the more traditional sphere of the music, picking up on the newer vibes, making it a delight to listen to. I only wish that it could’ve been a little bit longer and feature more tracks, but it certainly keeps you on the edge and reminds you of some great acts. This is the time for rock noir.

Momentform – Yearn

Blissful but moody dark wave, featuring some minimalistic synth-pop. Coming from the newly founded New Ideals label, this french act taught me well. It may not have reached the bottom, but it certainly hammered the lid and got it off in time. A sullen, yet emotional piece of music that make you waltz around in the middle of the night, as the rain is blaring on the window.

Suffer The Pain – The Last Massacre

Metallic punk, which will drive you nuts. Forcefully taking upon the mission of plaguing your ears, with some pretty decent co-operation between punk and metal. Even though it’s repetitive, I would say that I had a certain attraction to the record as a whole and I enjoyed it pretty much. It might not be a favorite, but it affected me in one way or another.

White Blush – S/T

Probably one of the more interesting genre-hopping this year. I’m not at all into pop, but this album changed the game for me. She walks in between genre, plucking stuff that seems to fit in and making it fit. Even though it was released not too long ago, I think it affected me in many ways. Amongst other things, Carol Ryu’s voice would be one of them. I suggest you check this out, because it’s a much bigger endeavor than pop.

Beyond Pink – Pride and Prejudice

One of the most powerful acts in the hardcore-scene as of today, at least when it comes to Sweden. This album has it all, it’s catchy, driven and they do hardcore the way it should be. Everything is in its place, the vicious momentum of the riffing and the drums make you want to go at it. The vocalists are also great, as almost everyone in the band sings at one point.

Night Sins – New Grave

Heavier post rock, blended with loads of other genres. A nostalgic piece that looks down the aisle and continue to walk down. Besides the lyrics, the baseline and the bonecrushing sound-scape, I also enjoy the delicate riffing that goes on in the songs. There’s really something about them that is fantastic, it also brings back glory to genres that should’ve been shelved a long time ago.

Rättens Krater – Den Stora Stöten

Some edgier stuff that haven’t been tried out for years. Reminds me of some good ole’ Onkel Kånkel, but with some new wave attachment, also add some dadaism. It’s really hard to place them anywhere, because they’re so straggly with their sound. However, one of the better releases this year and they deserve some recognition for that. Pretty original.

Barren Womb – On the Origin of Fæces

This is also some weird stuff. Country mixed with black-metal and noise-punk? Only Norwegians could think something like that up. But it works and they deliver their music with a strong hand and they’re something you should count on when browsing music online. Be sure to check them out.

Structural Disorder – A Prelude To Insanity

A fantastically skilled progressive metal band from Stockholm. Producing some of the finest quality metal to date and even though it’s an EP, I think they deserve a place here and hope you understand my situation. Looking forward to hear more material from this act in the future.

Institution – Domen Är Satt

Do I even need to say anything else? Fine Swedish hardcore blended with crust. I ended this year with a bang, as I did my last review. It is one of the best sounding hardcore albums from this year alone, with a little bit of competition from here and there, but they manage to stay alert and hold their ground. This is definitely something you should check out.

Övervarning – Mellan Rummen

I don’t really like dark ambient, so when I stumble upon an act that I like, I tend to like it a lot more. This dark ambient act from Sweden(?) surprised me a lot when I listened through it. As the sound galloped through my headphones, I couldn’t do anything but to immerse myself into the sound-scape. A notable success for someone that doesn’t like the genre.

E. E. Engström & The Twin Street Tree Trunk Love Ensemble – Loving Fog Fiends

Sweden needs some real dark jazz. At least a band with the ambition of being a little bit more eccentric and experimental, when it comes to the sound. It reminded me a lot of the great eras that have already passed, imagine yourself sitting down in a shady bar, somewhere in New York, with a whiskey being poured down in your glass, listening to this music.

Soundmeds – Hospital EP

Yeah, I know, it’s another EP. I changed the rules before the end of this year. One of the better acts within the rock-sphere. This is some ambient stuff, that will make your head turn around in a 360, waiting for the next doses of psychedelia, alternative rock and post-rock being served straight into your ears.

Notable mentions (albums/EPs/singles):

Nocturnal – Until the morning light

Dalaplan – Ta mig när jag faller

Paranoid – Hardcore Addict

V/A – Dimmorna Skingras Vol. 2

In Death It Ends – Forgotten Knowledge

Imiafan – Old School Surprise

Ekman – Kalla Rytmer Att Dansa Till I Ensamhet

V/A – The Peter Out Wave

Agent Attitude – Never-ending Mess

Thank you to everyone for making this blog what it is. I couldn’t have done it without you. Hopefully my work here has paid off and I hope that you’ll check it out in 2013 as well. Let’s hope that this year ends with a bang and that I get on track as quickly as possible, so I can supply you with more interesting reviews and in-depth interviews. I would also like to do a shout-out to Jesper Bjerke also, who made the logo and the design for this blog. Thank you for everything this year and let’s hope that you have a Happy New Year!

Harvesting #4: Should darkness engulf us or nostilevo? [Part I]

Welcome back to another edition of Harvesting. Since I missed out on writing about it yesterday, I will be writing two parts about a detroit-label nostilevo. First I’m going to start off with a completely unrelated tune that you’ll find down below, and then I’ll venture into the world of nostilevo. So you’re reading Part I of the recommendation and review right now, which will mean that Part II is going to be featured on my blog within some hours. This time, you’re going to open your eyes and see with your third eye, because in this edition the following bands are featured: Mirror Talk and Dream Affair. Prepare yourself by lighting some candles and fetching some nice stuff to eat, because this is going to be a trip into the ultimate darkness. Therefore I’ll start it off with a little bit of light in the end of the tunnel, hope you enjoy it.

Mirror Talk – secret homes

Probably one of my favorite tracks as of now. Discovered it recently, a project called “Mirror Talk“, steered by Dominik Noé from Berlin. Since this is only a song, I will make this one short. Wonderful melodies, rhythms and sound-scape overall. Think of a blend with the best analog pop, synth-wave and cold wave. The song he’s got up that I’m going to recommend in this edition will be a song called: “secret homes“. Clear and fast-paced synths, combined with funky rhythms and a singer that knows what he’s doing. You should check out his other songs too, but I think you should buy this song for one dollar. It’s catchy and leaves a mark, it’s got a special touch and will make you dance until the break of dawn. There’s many adolescent feelings in this song too, and also feelings of nostalgia. With the best from the 00’s and the most influential 80’s, if you like that kind of crossover, make your way over to his bandcamp. I’ll be linking it in the end of this sentence.

Dream Affair – Aborted State

It’s been a long time ago since I heard some awesome goth rock. Good for me, since I don’t have to look any further. Dream Affair have taken care of me, ever since I found them. With their embrace of the first wave of goth, with a touch of the second wave. There’s been a lot of bad goth rock bands lately, so this one could serve as a breaking point in between them. I’ve focused a lot on their latest album Aborted State which is bound to be released on the 9th of October. With muddy textures and suggestive lyrics, the first song “Syndrome” really indulges itself with worship of sworn times. But there’s not only that, since they’ve developed their own version of this mighty genre. It’s not a copy of a copy, but rather something new and interesting. Even though they use about the same techniques as the bands did back then, they’ve maxed out and I’d put them somewhere in between Rozz Williams project Christian Death and one of the newer additions whom have also been interviewed on this blog, namely Psychic Teens.

Since the first track is pretty straight-forward and embody everything good about the genre, the second track “Outside” employ more of a darkwave approach to the goth rock sound. A rather weird sounding combination of both genres, but sometimes the enthralling vocalist and his back-up singer manages to pave the way and uphold the sound-scape. There’s something nocturnal within this song, something you’d want to fix your ears and eyes on. As if the aesthetic is repeating itself in the music. Even though some parts turn me off, they’ve managed to pull of a sincere and emotional song titled “The Porter“, which at times remind me of Nightmare Fortress in many ways. What I love about the song is the futuristic vocals and the endless piano-stick that moves through with the rest of the sound-scape. It’s filled with visions and it’s ready to take off, and I’ll take my hat of and nod in your direction, Dream Affair.

You can buy their 4-track album over at the nostilevo bandcamp. If you order the digital-only version of it, you’ll have to give them five dollars. However, if you want a limited edition cassette, you’ll have to put out eight dollars. But I assure you that it’s worth the money. Then you’ll get both the digital and the physical version of it, and since it’s limited to 100 copies, you’ll be one of the lucky ones that will have this great album in their hands.