Based in Calgary, Eva X is soon to be be dropping the newest album titled I Dream Of A Reality, but before that happens, she is giving us a taste with the single “Machine“, released in September. Added bonus is the remix done by Erik Gustafson who is best known for Grendel and Adoration Destroy.
Would you change yourself to fit a style, become someone else to suit a trend, a part of the machine to suit the views of others through make up or even surgery? Eva X asks if this would make them happy but more to the point, would she be happy in this fantasy world that can’t last. The music has a very futuristic feel with Eva X’s vocals ringing over all, at times plaintive and at other times playful. The remix by Gustafson has these sparkling synths that highlight the track even further and guitars that push the music into a stellar realm.
It’s a good song and the Grendel remix really compliments Eva’s singing. I could definitely see this doing well on dance floors and live gigs, with people bouncing all over the place. Maybe that is the beauty of being in the alternative scene, you do as you please for yourself because not fitting in, is fitting in. Don’t become a part of the “Machine“.
SpankTheNun have definitely been blazing a trail through the industrial scene. Texan, Eric Hanes has been rather prolific not only with his own recordings but also becoming rather well known for his great remixes. His latest single, “Off Beatings“, features ClausLarsen of legendary LeætherStrip/Klutæ fame, on vocals. This is paired with remixes done by 5 very different industrial acts.
There isn’t any one original version as all five are a remix which doesn’t happen all that often. The first mix is by Mirland also known as John R. Mirland, who is involved in other projects like Mirland/Larsen, Negant and Eisenwolf but to name a few. His remix is raw and the bleak imagery just adds to the overall impact with the Danish Mirland bringing the fuzzy/crunchy beats that the Europeans do so well.
The second mix is by Florida based Batávia, It definitely has a big 90s feel, with wonderful twiddly bits all throughout, such as the computer game sounding keyboards. Ed and Terri Cripps have left their prints on this version and speaking of noticeable style, the third mix is by Brisbane act, HOSTILE ARCHITECT. You are always guaranteed huge industrial beats with Mitch Kenny, as it pounds it’s way into your head.
Calgary’s Eva X has the fourth remix which is a more somber and dark affair, claustrophobic and dense. The final remix is by Rebel Empire which has that great Mexican, high energy synth/electro sound and I’m not just talking the counting in Spanish.Throughout all these mixes, Claus Larsen snarls at us. The voice of reason against a world where patriotism overrides human feelings and body bags pile up as most turn a blind eye in the name of not rocking the boat, the false ideology. A great mix of styles to please most industrial fans and a testament to SpankTheNun’s music to be reinterpreted. This is “Off Beatings” and we annticipate the soon to be released album, Bunker Tapes Vol 2.
What do you get when a radio anchorman, a neurosurgeon and a philosopher create a band? ¡-PAHL-! Based in Leipzig, Germany, Peter Hardlab (vocals), Leo von Leibnitz (lyrics & production) and Olaf Parusel (composition), came together in 2016 to ruminate over the questions of life, the universe and industrial pop.
The crunchy, bleak electronics and synths build a soundscape, of what feels like a vast area of encroaching darkness, with Hardlab’s vocals breaking that vastness, accompanied by the lonely playing of a piano with one finger. That is until the music builds in emotion, swelling before the inevitable end.
Telos is a term coined by Greek philosopher, Aristotle, in regards to the full potential or purpose of a person. With this in mind, Hardlab asks Who am I? Am I who? Why am I?. This is the thinking man’s electro/industrial. Thoughtfully written and beautifully executed with those deep, smooth vocals that suit this so well. If you are searching for Mein Telos(my Telos), then look no longer and immerse yourself in ¡-PAHL-!