Covenant , Diary of Dreams, Haujobb & Destroid, Voices of Masada + IKON
7:30pm, Fri 10th October, 2008 - 4:00am, Sat 11th October, 2008
Roxanne Parlour, VIC
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In October 2008 Cabaret Nocturne and Rivetting Promotions bring you the biggest gothic industrial international tour Australia has yet seen! Headlining are Sweden's darkwave pop kings Covenant, on their second trip to australia after their triumphant 2005 tour. Informed by industrial, new wave and electro, and having created timeless dancefloor hits for the last ten years or more, Covenant's elegaic dark pop has found fans from Australia to Alaska and everywhere in between. They have spent 2008 headlining festivals all over Europe and, with newest member Daniel Meyer (Haujobb) on stage with them, will treat Australian audiences to a brilliant live sonic and visual performance. Accompanying Covenant on this industrial-pop juggernaut are: Daniel Meyer live, playing from his Destroid and Haujobb back catalogue. Meyer's last visit to Australia for the Distorted festival was arguably the festival highlight, and this visit will delight eager fans awaiting his return. Also Germany's Diary of Dreams, who, after persistent fan demand, divert from their current European tour to bring their gothic-tinged electronic show to Australia for the first time, and finally Voices of Masada, Britain's beloved contribution to this electronic gothic pop showcase. It's only fitting that Australia's own Ikon, recognised internationally for their New-Order-esque electronic melancholy pop, will support throughout the tour.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, electronic music and several of its subgenres became a preferred musical style among European underground culture. It gained favor initially within major cities and eventually trickled into the continent's more socially secluded regions. This new wave of music was discovered at different instances by a group of young friends living among the shadows of Helsingborg, a scenic municipality in southern Sweden. Eskil Simonsson, Joakim Montelius, and Clas Nachmanson, three teenagers with mutual, youthful curiosities for science, philosophy, and matters of existence, were enthralled by the unique presentation and the emotional content offered through the music, specifically by that of bands such as Kraftwerk, The Human League, and by EBM pioneers Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb.
Band: Diary of Dreams
Location: LEIPZIG, Germany
Diary of Dreams is a German electronic music group.Their 2004 'Nigredo' (a concept album inspired by a mythology the band designed themselves) saw a move back towards the more subtle, sparse concepts of old, but still featuring bursts of their more recent, dance-oriented sound. Songs from the Nigredo tour were later released on the live CD 'aLive' and the companion DVD 'Nine In Numbers'. The most recent Diary of Dreams album 'Nekrolog 43' was released in 2007, offering a greater variety of moods and concepts than previous works. Adrian Hates claimes to be influenced, both lyric wise and artwork wise, by the German 1909-1935 expressionism and the "beauty of ugliness" in the course of his work.Recently, on the band's official Myspace, a new album was announced for a release date "definitely in 2009."
Location: LEIPZIG, Germany
Destroid, fronted by Yamazaki and Haujobb-mastermind Daniel Myer, do not give a damn about the conventional approach and will render all attempts on categorizing their style utterly futile. They feel at home in hardfloor, the classic EBM-style, in Synth- and Futurepop, and are not in fear of churning out the odd dark ballad either. The concept of Destroid is about breaking these conventions - they thus manage to create one of the most exciting releases to hit the Electro-scene for a long time.
Band: Voices of Masada
Location: London, United Kingdom
Voices of Masada stop the clock of gothic music history and turn it back by a decade. "Four Corners" is the perfect album for those who like to cherish their gothic dreams while tapping their foot to the beat of a drum machine, imagining to be in the shadow of Tower Bridge rather than under the Tower of Pisa or the Mole Antonelliana. "Four Corners" is the magic island of UK gothic, in the middle of the 21st century ocean made of bpms, loud guitars and trendy deathrock.
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
The new EP League of Nations (2007) is testament to progression in IKON's signature sound, providing a taster of the forthcoming album Love, Hate and Sorrow (anticipated release mid-2008). While retaining the essence of influences such as Joy Division, early New Order and Death in June, the future for IKON promises to add further texture to the band's style. Love, Hate and Sorrow embraces more melodic song structures without entirely relinquishing the shadowy threads that are interweaved in the lyrics, art work, and music of one of the world's most successful and enduring darkwave bands.