BANDS ON 8MM MUSIK
THE BLUE ANGEL LOUNGE
The Blue Angel Lounge sign to Anton Newcombe's (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) label 'A' Recordings (Dirty Beaches, Dead Skeletons, The KVB) and announce new LP and tour dates.
2014 sees the return of the Blue Angel Lounge with their 3rd studio album 'A Sea of Trees', released on May 2nd. Since the release of their previous album 'Narcotica', the band have been garnering international acclaim, touring the US, UK and France with the Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and also making appearances at the Austin Psych Fest and Roskilde.
'A Sea of Trees' sees the bands songwriting blossom into its own, incorporationg the experimentation of their most recent EP and Single releases ('Ewig' 2012, 'Walls' 2013). From the very first moment of 'A Sea Of Trees', the epic opening track 'Winter' wastes no time sonically detailing where the band has been. The bands weapons of choice, guitar coupled with harmonium and singer Nils Ottensmeyer's powerful Nico'esque vocals culminate in genre-bending territory belonging to them alone.
The album marks the bands first worldwide release via Anton Newcombe's (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) 'A' Recording label. Mr. Newcombe joined The Blue Angel Lounge on stage in support of their last record, and most recently invited them to support them on The Brian Jonestown Massacre's 2012 American tour to rave reviews.
The Blue Angel Lounge formed in 2006, after meeting at school in their German village Hohenlimburg near the Rhine River. Led by singer Nils 'O.' Ottensmexer and Dennis Melster, the band took their name from the club in New York City that in the 1960's offered Nico her first live performances in America. Nico and The Velvet Underground would remain an underlying influence on the band.
'A Sea Of Trees' was recorded between 2013 and 2014 at Funkhaus-studio and Studio H1-3 Nalepastrasse, Berlin. Mixed at Arecordings Studio, Berlin. Produced, recorded and mixed by Fabien Leseure and The Blue Angel Lounge.
The band are on tour this March throughout Europe:
March 6 KUL, Aalborg DK
March 7 Drone, Copenhagen DK
March 8 UT Connewitz, Leipzig DE
March 9 Pod Lampou, Pilsen CZ
March 10 Komma, Esslingen DE
March 11 Cairo, Würzburg DE
March 12 Zukunft, Zürich CH
March 13 L'ecurie, Geneva CH
March 14 Raindogs, Savona IT
March 15 Bronson, Ravenna IT
March 16 Forte Fanfulla, Rome IT
March 17 Cosmic Country House, Terni IT
March 18 Lo Fi, Milano IT
March 19 Spazio Mav, Treviso IT
March 20 City Club, Augsburg DE
March 21 Atomic Cafe, Munich DE
March 23 La Malterie, Lille FR
March 27 Druckluft, Oberhausen DE
March 28 Phönix, Moormerland DE
March 29 Werkstatt, Cologne DE
April 11 Dry Bar Live, Manchester UK
April 12 Lennons, Southampton UK
April 13 The Shacklewell Arms, London UK
July 5 Paris Psych Fest, FR
Live At 8MM – Live Album (2011)
New Gandhi / Profound Eternity – Single (2011)
Caught Crow / Mutter – Single (2010)
Narcotica LP (2010)
Self-titled LP (2009)
Past Tour Dates 2012:
Sat Dec 08 — Aeronef, Lille, France **
Fri Dec 07 — Le Stereolux Club, Nantes, France **
Wed Dec 05 — La Cooperative de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand **
Tue Dec 04 — Le Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux, France **
Mon Dec 03 — Le Bikini, Toulouse, France **
Thu Nov 29 — Le Trianon Hall, Paris, France **
Tue Nov 27 — Venue 106, Rouen, France **
Mon Nov 26 — Vooruit, Gent, Belgium **
Fri Nov 23 — Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands ** Fri June 29 — Nijmegen, Doornroosje *
Thu June 28 — Amsterdam, Bitterzoet *
Sun April 15 — Bassy, Berlin Germany - Record Release Pre-Release Party
Sat April 14 — Kosmos Kosmos, Warszawa Poland
Fri April 13 — Dom, Łódź Poland
Thu April 12 — Rozrywki 3, Kraków Poland Fri
Sat May 12 — The Wiltern Los Angeles California *
Fri May 11 — The Fillmore San Francisco California *
Wed May 9 — Urban Lounge Salt Lake City Utah *
Tue May 8 — Bluebird Theatre Denver Colorado *
Sat May 5 — Neptune Theatre Seattle Washington *
Fri May 4 — Wonder Ballroom Portland Oregon *
Wed May 2 — Sancho Gallery Los Angeles California
Tue May 1 — Crescent Ballroom Phoenix Arizona *
Sun April 29 — Psych Fest Austin Texas
Sat April 28 — Fitzgeralds Houston Texas *
Fri April 27 — Granada Theatre Dallas Texas *
* with The Brian Jonestown Massacre
** with the Dandy Warhols
Singapore Sling is a darkly psychedelic band from Reykjavik, Iceland. They are inexplicable and elusive but remind one of the drugged out soul power bands like Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. Their debut album, "The Curse Of Singapore Sling", came out in Summer 2003. It has gained fans from all over the globe. Their leader is singer-songwriter-guitarist Henrik Björnsson. In addition to Björnsson, the Sling include Håkan Aøalsteinsson on guitar, Einar Kristjansson on guitar, Bibi on bass, Björn Viktorsson on drums and Siggi Shaker on maracas and tambourine.
“If Iceland has among its many (musical) voices a rock voice, its the one of Singapore Sling.. a sound dear to My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and all those bands that approach music with bad intentions and a sideways grin.“
–Carlo Zambotti, SLURP MAGAZINE, Milan, May 2007
“A refreshing, blurring line between genius and insanity, Singapore Sling walk it with nary a doubt, their rock 'n' roll swagger unmistakable as they command attention - and get it. I'll give this an A-.”
- Alex Steininger, IN MUSIC WE TRUST, Issue #72 September, 2006
“The perfect soundtrack to a late-night downtown cruise.”
Kevin Hainey, EYE WEEKLY 14.10.04
“..that Icelandic sextet Singapore Sling hails from such polar terrain might explain the outrageously sinister soundscapes... Like My Bloody Valentine filtered through Calla, the songs swirl in an incessant buzz of feedback”
-Shelby Hast, MESH MAGAZINE, December, 2004
“Through and through, this album is moving, engaging, consuming and amazing rock'n'roll.”
-Jenny Tatone, NEUMU, 2003
“Top 20 Records of 2003.. These dudes are loud, like feedback, and sing about drugs, death, or both..”
“This music is best enjoyed in the bleak-eyed splendor of an amphetamine buffet...or perhaps a knife fight”
-Cameron Gordon, LEGENDS MAGAZINE, June 2005
THE DECEMBER SOUND
The Silver Album
"The Silver Album is a breath of fresh air. It is shoegaze in its best form, filled with buzzing guitar sounds complemented by soft, echoing vocals unintelligibly distant in the background. With this release, The December Sound indubitably distance themselves from the generic minimalist post-rock sounds revered by today's indie culture. The music effectively pulls the same emotional strings, but instead leaves the listener with pure substance rather than ambiguous sentiments."
"The flower generation's genre of choice has become motorcycle sexy with The December Sound's 'KILL ME'."
"The nastiest, noisiest noise we've heard for a while. Like being stuck in a wind tunnel with Kevin Shields, William Reid and Ron Asheton. Feel the static..."
"...intoxicating blend of noise and melody. ...the best unsigned band on the planet right now!"
THE BIG TAKEOVER
" The December Sound come armed with a strong supply of material...a major force to reckon with."
"...Buzzed-out guitars that blur together in absolute sonic bliss, forming the backbone to support ethereal, reverb-soaked vocals and plenty of distortion....they're mighty fucking awesome."
"The December Sound give the current shoegaze scene a much needed kick in the balls on their stunning debut full-length."
"...from cool stealth to chiseled soundscapes to drowsy space-age atmospheres.....so good!"
-THE BOSTON GLOBE
"...the music is a living organism that is very much a product of its day. "
"...in grand style with the punchy swirl of "Kill Me", the insistent rhythms softened by some drifting vocals as The December sound strut their stuff quite magnificently."
'Kill Me' = Manic technological beats and jagged guitars, on this spaced out epic that takes off into outer space with a melancholic vocal and a huge soundscape... far out moments. "
"...unique combination of loud, pounding rhythms, rippling, effects-laden guitar and sweet vocals..."
" The December Sound has the songs, the swagger and the soul that make you reminisce on the glory days... but also gets you excited for a new invasion of sound and style."