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Back to the early 80's. and post punk from Cambridge's gothic outfit TheFinal Scream. Final Scream were David Middle (Vocals), Robin Taylor (Guitar), Jon Rickard (Bass) and Richard Beasley(Drums).Connections with 13th Chime, Black Buttercups, Vanishing Point, Gary Numan and now Long Bone Trio .Let's have a talk with David (singer of Final Scream and drummer of Long Bone Trio) about his memories and the punk-era of the period.

1) Hi there. Could you please tell how punk rock entered your and your friends’ lives in days of your adolescence and careless youth? Why were you touched by this music?
It is such a long time ago, but many memories remain so fresh. Jon, Robin and I grew up in a small rural village that sat between Cambridge, Newmarket, Haverhill and Saffron Walden. We did not live in London or Manchester and we were too young to have been involved in that infamous Sex Pistols and 100 Club type period.We began to hear snippets of these Punk bands and it seemed exciting and a far cry from country life and the music and things our peers were listening too and doing. The low level do-it yourself dressing up was appealing too, the safety pins, paint, dog-collars, short hair, drain-pipes all began to appeal. But we were young and it only became real once we started to go and regularly watch bands in East Anglia and then London. It was 1978 and I was 14 years old. Jon, Robin and I went to see The Jam, then quickly after bands like Penetration, Ramones, The Stranglers, The Damned and many others. The excitement of these gigs, the music, the people, the smell, the whole “fuck-you” attitude really appealed. At this point, it took over so much of our everyday thoughts and needs. Everything was about the music and the life-style and soon we moved from being young voyeurs to really being part of it. As a consequence, so many other things in our lives were dropped or ignored.There was a lot of violence in those days too. Most teenagers in Cambridge and surrounding areas were still either teddy boys, disco boys, rugby boys, football thugs or were part of motorbike gangs. There were many military bases in our area too (British and American) that led to gangs of “squaddies “drinking in pubs. Throw in the Cambridge students and it completes the scene of the small-town England we grew up in.  Whenever we went out, there always seemed to be some pointless act of violence where often we were the victims. Punks and the music was still a shock to many. However, we were far from alone and we became aware of others in our surrounding towns who felt the same. It did not take long for this growing group of people to become friends, or at least recognise each other

2) Final Scream appeared in 1980, and since 81 you were playing live. How did it all happen? Why did you choose to play such particular gloomy kind of punk? Which bands or other artistic influences inspired your sound?
After those early punk years, music began to change. The punk sound became fast food, the dressing up was becoming a uniform and that type of atmosphere did not over appeal. We began to go and watch groups likes Gang of 4, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Killing Joke and Bauhaus. I loved the bands with enigmatic front people. In Haverhill there was a local punk band called Anticx. They had an energy and sound about them. Their gigs were fun local adventures. After the loss of a group member, Anticx re-launched themselves as 13th Chime. Their music was dark and macabre and their early songs were simple and raw, but maintained those punk roots. These sounds were influencing what we trying to do as we learnt to play together and write songs. Final Scream’s songs always had a basic and raw feel (based on our punk roots), but we always wanted the overall sound to be edgy and dark.Robin, Jon and I begged and borrowed money and began to buy instruments, amps, drums, cymbals etc. Of course we had to learn to play. We practiced at my Mum’s house in either the garage or in my small bedroom. My mother’s patience was phenomenal. She has known Robin and Jon since we were all small children so maybe that helped her to never judge the growing sea of people arriving at her house that looked and dressed different. As soon as we could, we started to gig.
3) Could you please introduce other members of The Final Scream line-up? Was it difficult for you to switch between drums and vocals?
The three constant members of the band were myself (Vocals), Jon Rickard (bass) and Robin Taylor (guitar). There were three drummers we had over the years, Robert Cragie, Richard Beasley and Jolly (Simon Herod).It was always a struggle to find a constant 4th member of the band.  The early gigs I played drums whilst we tried different singers, both male and female. The singer at our first gig was Gavin Langford who became the bass player for The Vanishing Point and now Black Buttercups. I enjoy playing drums and continue to do so, but I also have always loved singing and performing whenever the chance arises. I took up the challenge and loved every moment of fronting Final Scream. Many of our earlier songs were written between Jon, Robin with me both drumming and singing.  So my drum rhythms and patterns were often used by whoever was drumming.
4) Final Scream have been friends with 13th Chime for a long time. How did this friendship begin? Was there a competitive element in it, in terms of art?
13th Chime was a brilliant band. Their gigs were special and we were first and foremost real fans. We like many others watched them play at fairs and venues all over the East of England and London. Their three self-financed singles are classic tunes that have a place in our hearts. In the early years, the members of 13th Chime and Final Scream were often at the same gigs watching other groups. It was a small world. When we played Haverhill, members of 13th Chime would be at Final Scream gigs. It seemed quite a natural progression when Final Scream supported 13th Chime. Certainly many of the same people would go and watch both bands.Final Scream had died when Robin decided to move on. Shortly after, Mick Hand left 13th Chime to go travelling, Gary O’Connor and Ricky Cook came to my flat in Cambridge and asked me to join them and Terry Taylor as a new singer/front man. Sadly, it was clear the spark and life that was so important to them had gone and after a few months, this new look 13th Chime also died.The friendships really blossomed after both Final Scream and 13th Chime died.  We all remain good friends today. We all went off to live in different towns and have new adventures. Gary, Ricky and I moved to London.To this very day, we have all continued to share musical adventures. Between us we have continued to collaborate, write and release some wonderful innovative, raw dark rock and roll based tunes.There was never any competitiveness between the bands. 13th Chime was first. They were influencers to Final Scream.  We were fans and then friends. One thing is for sure; I believe both Final Scream and 13th Chime could both have been “bigger” than they were. Other bands that came along went much further, such as UK Decay, Southern Death Cult and Sex Gang Children. Don’t’ get me wrong, these bands were great, but arguably Final Scream and 13th Chime had many similar qualities.

5) You shared stage with bands like Charlie Harper, Action Pact, Conflict, Chameleons, 13th Chime, Vex… Which ones were the most memorable for you? How can you describe the atmosphere during your gigs? In those videos on YouTube we can see your striking perfomance leaving an impression you were being possessed, while some guys from the audience were throwing toilet paper and flour in you. What does it mean?
Final Scream played with many different style bands. They were usually punk, gothic or alternative type bands. The audiences could be mixed too, punks, goths and skinheads. A guess this was sign of the times really. Our gigs were usually sweaty affairs, where the crowd was a mix of leather, studs, black, bleached and red hair and smoke.The best gigs were always to a crowd that was digging what we were doing. The worst would be to crowds who clearly did not. Some of the later type gigs had their scary moments. I think sometimes that front man persona you describe helped me do what I needed to do regardless of the nature of the crowd.

6) One of your songs called Our Fragile Art is about some incident with the nazi lads. Since I belong to the Russian punk generation which faced a harsh confrontation between Far-right fans and chavs’ movements, it would be interesting to compare our experience in 2000’s with the experience of the British youth in 80’s.
One night, we did a gig in Peterborough. This night is surprisingly quite fresh in my memory. There were 4 other bands on the bill. They were Conflict, The Destructors, Chaos UK and Vex. There was a sizeable and mixed crowd. There were the anarchist punks for Conflict, punks and goths and then a large number of skinheads who had travelled from London to watch Chaos UK. Sadly this night, the skinheads took an instant dislike to our performance and expressed themselves by doing on-going nazi salutes and ultimately leading to an enormous skinhead getting on the stage who threatened Robin and then stalked me around the stage. This was quite an unpleasant experience. By the end of the night, a full blown riot had kicked off. Bizarrely, we signed our record deal after this gig! It would be interesting to hear your own stories and experiences you mention. The song Our Fragile Art came from the feeling and the mood we felt after that night.

7)You recorded an EP in 1983 but it was never distributed. It was pretty cruel to the fans of Positive Punk and Root Goth, because, in my opinion, Final Scream is one of the best bands in these genres. Why did it all happen like this? And one more question here. You started making music very early, played with lots of bands. Chances are big that you’ve influenced many bands which shared the stage with you. But for a long time your music was known only to the eyewitnesses of the original afterpunk movement. How did it feel like to observe goth and punk subculture after your band broke up?
Thank you for those kind words. I don’t know if we influenced anyone, but I know that the people I know or meet who came and watched, always talk fondly of us. That is enough. The growing influence of social media has led to a community of musical disrupters and DJ’s making contact enjoying our few recorded songs.  It is not easy to get them. This is so exciting and humbling.  Guys like you, who have a passionate love for the old school of gothic tunes continue to find old underground and niche bands, like Final Scream, who did their thing before the Internet went global.
 Final Scream were offered a record deal with Obsession Records. It led to the band spending a couple of mad days (with friends in tow) in Crow Studios in West London recording 4 songs. This was the first and only time the group spent time in a studio. Money was non-existent and we were naïve to the workings of the musical business.Unfortunately, only two test copies of the 12” single were ever released.  I have one. Not sure who has the other. It was 1984 and Robin wanted to leave the group and do music  in a different direction.  Jon and I could not carry on without Robin, who remains a life-long friend. This meant the record company would not release the single.

8) In 84 things turned bad for the band, Richard left to play with Gary Numan, then Robin wanted to play another kind of music, you left to play with 13th Chime. What do you think of the events of that period?
Yes, Richard left and still drums for Gary Numan even today. Jolly played drums for us for the final year or so, but it was all over when Robin left. It was a sad period in many ways. We had grown up together with a shared love of music in our hearts. In some ways, it was like losing your first love. However, all good things must die in the end and we quickly learnt to enjoy celebrating those wonderful  times. We all remain strong friends and we continue to share our lives with each other.

9) far as I understand you were playing in 13th Chime when it was on the brink of break-up. Please tell something about those last days of the band.
13th Chime should have made it.  In 1984 again, my involvement with 13th Chime was on paper an exciting prospect, but in reality those guys had already reached their time. It was also sad, but right for 13th Chime to retire. The best thing of those months was that it cemented my friendship with Gary, Ricky and Terry.

10) One more remarkable project of yours was The Vanishing Point. You’ve had lots of gigs, there are also stunning tracks on Youtube. Please tell a bit more about this project. Where is it possible to find more stuff of it?
The Vanishing Point is another unknown and under rated underground band that I joined as the frontman after 13th Chime had ended. It was likely 1985. Vanishing Point gigged extensively in East Anglia and London. They did far more gigs than Final Scream ever did. The other members of the band were Gavin Langford (bass) and the brothers Martin (guitar) and John Cornell (drums). We played with many bands that included bands like Fields of the Nephilim and Balaam and the Angel. There is one track called Displaced Man on You-tube. It was 1 of 3 songs that were recorded at The Enid’s lodge studio. I can send you these tracks. It was the only real recording we did. There are many working demo tracks recorded over the years on small porta studios. I don’t have these, but Gavin likely does. I can ask him to send you some over? I think some can be found on an old Myspace site (www.myspace.com/theoriginalvanishingpoint).We did many memorable gigs, but the one we did one Sunday afternoon in a hospital to a crowd of delightful special need patients was bizarre!I had moved to London, but the rest of the band remained in Cambridge. Sadly, I decided that it was time for me to move on and do other things. We all remain friends and see each other often
Today, Gavin, Gary (13th Chime) and I are playing together in a new band called Black Buttercups. The musical merry go round continues.

11) Please tell about the projects Clydes Gang and Dinky Fish.
Gary and I had moved to London and were looking to do something new musically. We formed a quirky “pop” band called Clydes Gang. Terry Taylor from 13th Chime joined us. Initially we gigged using drum machines and then we were joined by Robert Cragie (an ex Final Scream drummer) and his brother Steve (2nd guitar).  We did maybe a dozen gigs or so, mainly in London clubs and did a number of unreleased recordings.  A particular memory I have of a Clyde’s Gang gig was supporting Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) group. Ten Pole Tudor was in the crowd and very drunk. He dominated the dance floor throughout our set. Clydes Gang ended due to a number of personal reasons and challenges we were all having. It was real fun whilst it lasted.Ricky Cook from 13th Chime, Steve Cragie (Clydes Gang above) and I lived near each other in South London. Steve was an old friend from the punk days who I had met at a Final Scream gig. We began to write some basic unfinished tunes which we took to studios with guest guitarists to then go with the flow and record whatever came out. These mad weekends of recordings were such fun. The songs were recorded under the pseudo name of “Dinky Fish”. Dinky Fish was never a working band, just collaboration.Again, all the member of these bands remain good friends today.

12)What were you occupied with in 90’s?
I still did some music in the early 90’s. Nothing special or anything I think back on with real pride. I think I had become disillusioned a little and focused on doing other things in my life. I went back to College to study and I focused on what I needed to do to actually earn a living wage.In the mid-90’s I started to drum for a London based brit-pop group called Giantene. One CD EP was released and some tracks can be found on Youtube. Giantene had a fine set of pop tunes, reminiscent of Magazine really.At this time, I met my wife Jacqui and my three children (Tom, Hannah and Louie) were born in 1997, 1998 and 2001. They all remain an inspiration to me and help keep me sane in a mad world. They continue to tolerate my musical past times.

13) In the late 2000’s you, Gary O’Connor from 13th Chime and Robin Taylor from Final Scream formed a garage band called  Long Bone Trio and released a 7’’ and a full-length album. Seems like you were keen on the sound of the bands like Cramps and Gun Club, and it sounds great. Why did you decide to form a band and play such kind of Swamp? Is Long Bone Trio still active?
There were a number of years now where we all created little new music. In 2000, me, Robin, Gary O’Connor and Terry Taylor from 13th Chime went to see a Sex Pistols Jubilee reunion gig in Crystal Palace. After that gig, it was Gary and Robin who initially decided to form a low-fi,  swampy rock n’ roll band. The roots of this music would be old rock n’ roll riffs, dark blues, punk, coupled with our shared love of all things Cramps. It took a couple of years for this embryo to settle down and grow.
Both Gary and Robin played fuzzy guitars and I joined them to play drums. We decided that we did not need a bass player.  We called ourselves Long Bone Trio. We are really proud of our time playing in Long Bone Trio. It really got going about 2005 and ended about 2012. We played sometimes a lot, sometimes never. We did many gigs and many more we cancelled due to a range of reasons. I really regret a gig we blew out supporting a reformed New York Dolls.We (the Bones) gigged in London, the South East and a range of other cities and clubs who were inspired by our pretty raw sounds. Long Bone Trio released 500 copies a 7” vinyl single called “Oscar Flies in the Face of Reason”. Our remaining love of all things vinyl really drove this. Gary did the sleeve art work and words which for those who have the 13th Chime vinyl singles will see similarities. We went to a wonderful studio called “Old School Studies” in Bury St Edmunds. In essence we recorded our LP in just over a day, often finishing songs as we went along. The album came out in a CD format and is called Chainey Pieces.I am glad you like the Bones, as again I think they remain a little known secret and some of the songs I believe really hit the mark.

14) Please tell about your new project with Gavin Langford from The Vanishing Point called Black Buttercups, you released an LP “Your so Bony, But Your My One and Only”.
When Long Bone Trio ended, Gary and I wanted to carry on our musical adventures. Gavin Langford from The Vanishing Point joined us on bass. We called ourselves Black Buttercups, which is also a track on the Long Bone Trio album.Black Buttercups builds on the Bones rawness and has added a new dimension to it. The songs remain even more rhythmical with the addition of the bass guitar and the new songs keep their punky roots whilst showing a mature structure to them.My brother-in-law, Pablo Clements used to be in the Psychonauts and UNKLE. Post UNKLE, he owns and runs the legendary studios in Brighton called the Toy Rooms. In recent years, Nick Cave and many others record here with Pablo.Pablo gave us the keys to the kingdom for a weekend late 2014. Ben Thackeray (producer of the The Charlatans) joined us and we recorded our debut album called “Your so Bony, But Your My One and Only”. It has been released for digital download and 500 vinyl copies of the LP are due back to us from the factory in June 2015. This LP is very personal to the 3 of us. The artwork for the LP is special. Best seen really rather than described.
15) Recently there’s been a lot of fuss around 13th Chime, seems like earth began shaking over this forsaken tomb again. I mean these splendid Scared Bones re-releases. Now we are expecting to see the band live during its European tour. This forthcoming appearance in the Continent is wrapped in glory of a phantom ship; no one knows where it moors, but all the music nerds are waiting forward to see your revival and to be its eyewitnesses. You take part in the current 13th Chime  line-up, so maybe you could reveal some of its plans and hopes.
I was so pleased when Sacred Bones released the 13th Chime tunes. Over the years I had owned all this unreleased material and it was just too good to not be heard by others. I know Mick, Gary, Terry and Ricky were delighted.Earlier this year, Mick Hand decided he wanted to launch a re-incarnated version of 13th Chime to play the best of those old tunes, whilst adding some new material. Original members, Terry Taylor (bass) and Ricky Cook (drums) have other interests, but were supportive of Mick’s drive.Gary O’Connor is already involved with Black Buttercups and has other commitments which mean that to date he is not going to be involved.Mick wanted to recruit people to the band who knew and were in their own ways part of and understood the original 13th Chime heritage. Jon Rickard and I (from Final Scream) agreed to be the rhythm section. Of course, I had joined the original 13th Chime back in the day. Rob Shawl who had played keyboards for 13th Chime for a gig or two at the end was the guitarist in the Wynd-Ups completes the line-up. The Wynd-ups were the original punk band Terry Taylor played in before joining 13th Chime.The focus for the 2015 13th Chime is to enjoying playing the earlier tunes to a crowd who want to hear them that really set the scene for the band.  Without much publicity, gig offers have arrived, New York, Poland, Russia and Germany to name just a few. No doubt some will happen and some will not. Poland in October 2015, with an appearance at the Return to the Bat-cave festival is already booked and 100% on. A gig in St. Petersburg in September 2015 is being finalized now.The feedback from a select few to a recent un-published and un-announced London gig is that this line up really works and audiences are in for a musical treat. Mick Hand’s voice is as strong and distinct as it always was.

16) There’s a chance I missed something important, in case it’s so, you can cover those aspects I neglected. In return, I’d like to thank you very much for the time you spent to answer my questions.
Vadim, I would like to thank you for your interest in Final Scream. It is delight to have shared these stories with you and hopefully we will really meet in the near future.
With respect,
                    David


interview by Vadim Barsov



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Listening to or creating music, is always more than the sum of its parts. If you talk to a music lover you will get a totally different dynamic, to when you talk with a music creator, composer or songwriter .
I grew up in a music loving family. Some relatives were professional musicians or performers, others where creators, inventors, writers, national radio stars and lovers of the dynamics of music, its form and charm. My first musical memory is of being 8 years old, and being inducted into school choirs and singalongs by teachers. This is my earliest memory. It is a memory of excitement and finding out who I was, by nature. A memory of creating, as I always had that part of me, that used to sing different melodies, to those that we were played in the songs we were taught then. I call this memory and experience "my musical blood". The DNA of which, is within me still and easily recognisable for me in others. I am drawn to those types, much as a vampire would be drawn to its prey and blood lust.
Being Irish/Catholic and growing up in a fiercely run Catholic education system, poetry, hymns and devotion where literally beaten into us. But my reaction to the content, is what made me different to the rest of my peers. When we were taught poetry, I instantly could hear my inner self create my own poetic verses. The sea, the wind, the heat, cold and solitude, even at 10 years old, were voices speaking to me, through the heat haze of sun, breaking through the school room window.
Just as I would sing to myself, a new song over the intro's of piano songs at family reunions and events. My adrenalin would rise, as I would be exploring and expressing this angst and sadness.
Through my teen years, or the informative years as I call them, I grew to be the person I am. Music was either a lonely road or a road laced with similar and like minded friends. These two different aspects and parallels, are what I still draw on when writing songs and composing music.
The inner glow and the excitement like a heart that skips a beat, when the realisation that music could and would be my life saver, is hard to put down in words. It's like asking a man who has just been saved from drowning, to explain how much that life saving breath of oxygen felt, as it invaded his lungs.
I have been lucky to work with many talented and individual musical people, co-writers and producers. Yet the true artist, the one that holds creating above his or her own being, are the ones who still inspire me. These artists are one in a 100,000. They are the outsiders, who explore and expose themselves to the world, literally going against the fabric and nature of who they are by doing so. The brave kind, who cannot but stay creative, when every force of nature, family, work and social commitment is against them. Yet they succeed in the end.
My "Dusk memories and Music" are these inspiring souls. They are the ones I fall in love with, console with, create with and whom I hold dear, long after those in real life reality have let me down. Music has no barriers, has no rules or limits. Incredibly musical, well versed and highly trained people can either create very little or create vast works of art, depending on if they have that need and want. It is beyond talent, in itself. Then those who have limited musical training, or should I say no formal training or skills at all, can make you cry, and fill you with pride at the honesty they unveil in their music and craft. That therein, is the magic of music and the goal that all of us chase in our creative lives.
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©Aidan Casserly:[vocalist, songwriter, electronic artist & producer]



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'Transfert' the newest track by L’ordre d’Héloïse with the special featuring of Seven Pages for a hedgehog. The track tells the story of a man ready to move to the other side, and that is going to be escorted by a mystical guide:  Héloïse trough this great last journey. The refrain is evoking the point that everything is surrended, at the eyes of that mam a green aura, because the eyes of the guide are of a shining green.  Héloïse and the green colour are recurring themes in  L’ordre d’Héloïse history, that invite us, once again, to make this imaginary journey with them.
-Lory Dusk-


Official website : http://lordredheloise.free.fr/
L'Ordre d'Héloïse | Bienvenue
« We look before and after, and pine for what is not, our sincerest laughter with some pain is fraught ; our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. »
lordredheloise.free.fr

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She Past Away is a band from Turkey was formed in 2006 and released the digital EP "Kasvetli Kutlama" in 2010. Debut album "Belirdi Gece" was released in 2012. Available in vinyl format by Fabrika Records, CD format by Dead Scarlet Records.
After gaining  a lot of recognition with the debut album "Belirdi Gece,She Past Away returns to Athens for their second gig with a new album ‘’Narin Yalnizlik’’ on the packages.
The band should be considered  a modern version of bands like Sisters Of Mercy and Cure bringing  back that era with today’s approach and Turkish lyrics which gives the band that unique edge.
There is nothing better than seeing a band at its peak, and She Past Away are exactly in this. Their first live show left me mixed impressions, so the second  try would create a complete view.
At 23.30, we saw She Past Away on stage for a live that went just flowing their lps, Introducing tracks from all their releases .With a new member  in line up (Doruk Ozturkcan in synths arrangements) played about  1h.30min . Volcan Caner (the guitarist and vocalist ) appeared more active on stage than the previous live show although the voice was coming out in low level. The setlist left no one disappointed in full Death Disco. The  duo took  sometimes big  response in return  especially in the previous hits:'Kasvetli Kutlama', 'Ruh' ,'sanry','monoton','insanlar'.The new album with obvious the Cure influences thoroughly presented  and the best moments were: 'asimilasyon','hayaller','katarsis'. Another  highlight was the closing song - the usual cover in ‘fate’ from For Against.





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When i was very young, a child, my music was listening my father works every day, every evening, writing with his typewriter,day by day, i remember now like " typewriter music " the soundtrack from childhood. Music is just a try to put something between the silence, some times you do it right, some times not. Every note, in itself, is obsolete. You need to destroy it, chop it, confront them , until find, an atonal and proper result.Beauty is mixed in the process inexplicably. Raw and imperfect.The composition is a traumatic process where we are forced to ejecting feelings THROUGH instruments. How to express them with machines? That's possible? Totally yes. But as I said, it is a process where man tries to throw their best ideas in notes and more notes, perhaps not carry anything and soon swallow his own anger and frustration finally.
Music is so important to us!  if we dare to betray the principles of it, we should be regarded as deserters from any war and treated in that way.
Always the best songs are the simplest and honest.

© César Canali (Vólkova)

Links:
buy or streaming : ww.tacuararecords.bandcamp.com



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Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris.
Formed by Sumner and Hook right after they attended a Sex Pistols gig, Joy Division transcended their punk roots to develop a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson. The sleeve's Germanic imagery drew criticism and speculation on their politics, not helped by later name changes. Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures was released in 1979 on Wilson's independent label Factory Records. Aided by Martin Hannett's sparse production, it was a critical success with the British music press.
Despite this early acclaim, Curtis suffered from severe depression and personal difficulties, including a broken marriage and epilepsy. In particular he found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, during which he often suffered seizures. In May 1980, on the eve of the band's debut American tour, Curtis, aged 23, committed suicide. Closer, Joy Division's second and final album was released two months later; the album and preceding single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became the band's highest charting release. After Curtis's death, the remaining members continued as New Order, achieving critical and commercial success. Today Joy Division are seen as one of the most influential bands of the late 1970s.
Monday 18/5 (the date of the 35th anniversary of Ian Curtis suicide) Transmission radioshow presented a tribute to Joy Division (favourite songs,covers,clones e.t.c).

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Love in Prague is a cold wave duet formed in 2007. Their first self-produced EP Lost days in 2008 and the second EP Ice ages has been digitally released in December 2011.Their debut LP "Ghost note" was released on Kalinkaland Records in 2013,which made a lasting impression on many of us, as much for their offbeat style as for the unique atmosphere  in their beautiful songs like ‘melody Box’ ‘Fog’, ’Forgotten’.Their second LP Fallen angels is scheduled for released on Unknown Pleasures Records June 2015. It’s time to welcome Chloe and Benoit.

Love In Prague: Is Prague the perfect place for a love story?
We don't know, maybe ;) We choose this name because of a trip Chloé made in Prague in the past.She found the place so amazing that we decided to keep it in our bandname. “Prague” represents the isolation and fascination you can feel in anew place and “Love” underlines duality.

How long have you been playing music? Are there other bands have you played in?
We formed Love in Prague in 2007. Benoît has already played in several bands in the past.

In spite of the "dark romantic" side, there is a passion which transpires from the songs that being captured by melancholy.Where does this passion and inspiration come from according to you?
For us, passion is closely linked to our individuality as well and we bring all these different sorts of feelings within the songs. Creativity is such a strange process, images became songs and noises,voices you hear from nowhere could be a great source of inspiration too.

Are you attracted to the legendary and imaginary universe from the past?
It's funny you talk about the past because memories are truly the central core of our new LP “Fallen angels”.As a example, Benoît really likes literature from the 19th century ; you know like Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Frankenstein etc. And Chloé is fond of History of Art, so the past clearly means a lot for us.
According to you, is it necessary to possess a certain form of sensibility to understand and appreciate your music?
If you like “dreamy danceable” music you will like Love in Prague ;) More seriously, we are not elitists so everyone who love melancholy in music should appreciate Love in Prague for sure.

Is there a story you are trying to tell with your music?
Benoît likes to put things in an abstract way in his lyrics so people could have their own interpretation of it. Nevertheless, we can say that Love in Prague music often deals with loneliness or escape from loneliness, modern alienation, dreams and memories.

Your new album ‘Fallen Angels’ is on the way. What should people expect from it?
Yes, our 2nd LP Fallen angels is scheduled for release on 10 June 2015 on Unknown Pleasures Records. This new album is quite different from the previous one and there is a surprise on it ;)


The synth coldwave scene has grown enormously everywhere and especially in France. What view do you have on this scene? Do you think you are part of it? As a lot of interesting bands come to light every day do you believe it’s a fashion?
That's true there are quite a lot of new bands in the Coldwave, Minimal or Synthpop scene.We are of course part of this musical genre but we think we have a “shoegaze” or “pop” touch that makes us a bit special. We don't know if cold music is “fashionable” or not but we noticed that the public is sometimes really looking for true feelings in the dark scene and the Coldwave genre is well-known for its longevity and integrity as well as a capacity of re-inventing itself and people really appreciate it.

Could you mention some of the bands that have had an influence on your music and some new bands that are special for you?
Love in Prague takes a lot of our time but we manage to listen to other bands sometimes ;)
From the past we like Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, Joy Divison, Cranes, The Eternal Afflict and many more...These days we listen to Lycia, VAC, Lebanon Hanover, Interpol, O Chidren, Light Asylum, Tr/st, David Lynch...

How do you see the project growing or changing in the next years?
Our main goal is to continue writing music we appreciate and we hope sincere.
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I've been thinking for quite a while about all the influence and effect Joy Division and the sound of Factory Records have had on me for over 30 years now. A couple of days ago I even had my arm tattooed with the pulsar drawing taken from the Unknown Pleasures album, I wanted to have it carved into my flesh and blood and remain there as Ian's words and music do… I've been in the dark scene for over three decades now and have seen and heard many things. I think this typical Manchester Post Punk sound remains my deepest influence and attachment in terms of music so far. I've seen many gigs, been to many places, clubs and festivals all over many countries, always in quest of this very special feeling the Factory Record bands have made me known. I've met many bands and artists, some encounters were just nice or interesting, some people became friends, some were disappointing, some I already forgot because they didn t deserve to be remembered. 
Some weeks ago while I was on vacation on the other side of the world I read the very sad news that Annik Honore had suddenly passed away at the age of only 56. I was really shocked by this news. Annik certainly belongs to the few brief encounters I have made and which are still in my mind because what she represented and what she did in terms of music and event organising always ment a lot to me, and she was a lovely lady, very sensible, tall and elegant with a true and touching smile upon her face. I had never thought I would come accross her one day, why would I ? 
I had heard about Annik because of her lovestory with Ian Curtis and her work and involvement with Factory Benelux, the From Brussels with Love compilation still plays at home from time to time... Bands like The Wake, Crispy Ambulance, The Names, Section 25 and many others are a true reference to me and I knew she had done a lot for bands such as Front 242, Isolation Ward and many others in Belgium in terms of concert organisation etc… So I was familiar with her name and her face that I had seen in some Joy Division documentary on TV. Then there was also all this buzz when the movie Control came out and everyone was talking about the story of Ian and Annik. 
I had myself been to Manchester and on pilgrimage to Ian s house and grave in Macclesfield, read so many books about the band and always had some Joy Division recording at hand here and there and actually still do… In 2007 I think some guys in Brussels had the brilliant idea to organise a so called Factory Night in the legendary Brussel based Plan K which is located Rue de Manchester, kind of funny coincidence… They organised two Factory Night events, I unfortunately missed the first one but attended the second and final one in 2009 which hosted several of my favourite bands… It was a big surprise for me to get a chance to finally see bands that I thought would never play again ever. This very special event was a success, several very good and unique gigs, a beautiful photo exhibition with photographer Kevin Cummings and a superb and unique venue, the Plan K. I think many famous and less famous people were there that night, many familiar faces… It was also the very last time that Section 25 would play including all original band members, a couple of weeks later, singer Larry would saddly pass away… I still remember chating with the band outside the venue and having a smoke with them, you never know how life turns sometimes and who you will see again or not… Concerning Annik I remember finding myself dancing just next to hear when I suddenly realised who she was. I first did not dare to talk to her but on that night we both enjoyed the same gigs, The Names, The Wake, A Certain Ratio and Section 25, all in a very special athmosphere like if we had been transported back into the early eighties, there was something very authentic to that night. After the gigs some deejays were spinning a lot of Factory classics and Annik was still there, in her own world, enjoying the music, dancing sometimes with her eyes closed and this such sweet smile on her face. At one point there was of course also some Joy Division to be heard, I can t remember which track exactly, probably Love will tear us appart… Annik was still dancing with closed eyes and was really into the music. I noticed that tears were running down her face but she did not stop, she kept on moving like in some spiritual communion with the song, at least that was my interpretation and feeling at that moment. I still see her in front of my eyes, I remember saying to myself, how beautiful she was and how touching it was to notice and witness all of this on my own. I think I thought that this was a true and powerful vision of eternal love. Just when I was going to leave the venue it was her that came over to me and some of my friends. She spontaneously asked us why we were leaving, that the night was not over and that there was still a lot more to come… I confessed her that I knew who she was and that she meant a lot to me. She was touched by my confession and laughed. I think I asked her if we could make a picture together but she wasn t very comfortable with this idea. She said to me that she preferred me to keep a picture of her in my mind and to remember her as just a nice and simple girl. I perfectly remember this conversation and still have her smilling face on my mind… I went off and returned back home, I knew that she was going out a lot in Brussels, attended many gigs and knew a lot of people there so I thought that one day or another we would bump into each other again… 
Time passed and then I suddenly heard about Trisomie 21's very final tour. I decided that for this occasion I would return to see them play in Brussels and nowhere else. That gig was again something very special because it was a kind of farewell. Trisomie played of course most of their best songs on that night and you could see at the audience that a lot of very old fans were there. Suddenly while I was queing up at the bar to get some drink I heard someone behind my back greating me. I turned around and saw Annik again, how could she have remembered me, we only met once and for quite a short time so I was a bit surprised that she had recognised me and was now talking to me again. I think I bought her a drink and had a chat with her about this and that. I then left her and went back to the front of the stage because I didn't want to miss any of T21's songs on that night… Some time later I went back to the bar and noticed her sitting alone on a table in a corner of the room. The gig was almost over, the band was just getting back to the stage for an encore playing either La Fete Triste or Il se Noie, two of my very favourite tracks so I quickly went over to her and asked her if she didn t want to come with me to the front to hear the final live songs. She declined the invitation politely so I said something like see you later and went back to the gig… She waved at me with her beautiful and discrete smile and I drowned myself into Il se Noie… It would be the last time I saw Annik and as I write those lines I still have the impression that we will meet again sooner or later here or there, where there is some sweet music in the air…

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'If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.' Lampedusa
For me here in London there was no such end. The bands I loved in the early Eighties were growing in popularity and finding their own voice. 4AD and Factory, the labels best known for the brooding sounds of The Cocteau Twins and Joy Division were diversifying and embracing the dance and grunge music that was emerging from America and Europe. Simultaneously releasing breakthrough albums by The Pixies and Happy Mondays, along with those of established acts Dead Can Dance and This Mortal Coil.

Even Joy Division, surely the darkest and most melancholy band of the post punk era, metamorphasized into a dance band after Ian Curtis' suicide. And although I have no doubt that had he lived, Ian Curtis would have continued to write maudlin lyrics, musically Joy Division's sound was already evolving into that of New Order, as early as Transmission, continuing on that same trajectory until Ceremony right at the end.

Music is a living breathing entity and it cannot stand still or live in isolation, change is what feeds it, what keeps it fresh. Musicians will always be influenced by other artists and cultures and there will always be new ground breaking Innovations in technology which totally revolutionalise each generation of music makers. Building on the rich tapestry of our musical heritage so that different types of music can co exist and compliment each other.

Dark, melancholy music has always existed, from Bach's solo Cello pieces through Mahler, Billie Holiday and beyond, it is as necessary for the human spirit as oxygen is to the body, and will continue to console and inspire people irregardless of fashion until the end of time.
©Ari Neufeld
 





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