Pleasure Symbols

 

Just heard this song off of the new two-track release from Pleasure Symbols, and it’s mesmerizing! Dark and droning coldwave with some post-punk flavour thrown in, this Brisbane band is definitely going to be on my radar when it comes to future releases. Ultraviolence is the other track on this release and definitely worth a listen; evokes feelings of a descending, shadowy dystopia. Head on over to their Bandcamp here to check out both excellent songs.

Surrounded By Synths

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I found this photo on Black Marble’s last.fm page and it got me to thinking about how much I love photos of artists surrounded by lots of synths. It makes me giggle and envious all at once. I’ve seen a ton while checking up on artists that I enjoy, but haven’t been saving them as I go and am having problems finding my favourites now.

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This guy is having a good day life.

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My favourites tend to be with the artist surrounded by all of his/her synths, staring confidentially into the camera. “This is my dowry. If you link your life to mine in a romantic fashion,” (arm sweep) “this can all be yours!” And what better dowry could one ask for, really?

A friend pointed me in the direction of Sexy Men Of The Synthesizer, which is a great Tumblr but doesn’t necessarily have as many “surrounded in synths” photos as I am looking for. I’m also looking to find more photos of women/non-binary synth players! If you can point me in the direction of anything like this feel free to leave a comment 🙂

Animal Bodies – The Killing Scene

 

This weekend one of my favourite synthy Vancouver bands, Animal Bodies, released their newest dark musical offering. The Killing Scene is a fantastic release from start to finish – I’ve been waiting for some of these songs to be released for a couple of years. I remember watching a live clip 2 years ago of them playing the first track from this release (‘Start The Suffocation’) and falling in love – Animal Bodies melds EBM, darkwave, and synthpunk flawlessly and the result is catchy as hell! The second track ‘Sex Power’ is reminiscent of some of their earlier songs from their Kiss Of The Fang EP, also highly worth checking out.

 

I’ve had this album on repeat for a few days, surrounded by candles and watching it pour rain outside – I’m fairly certain life couldn’t get any better. To top it off, Animal Bodies sound great recorded, but their live shows aren’t to be missed. They’re doing a tour of the west coast and starting off this weekend in Vancouver, so keep an eye on their Facebook page if you want to catch them – you won’t regret it. As always, please support the artists if you like what you hear: Bandcamp and Official Website.