Interview Phase Fatale -
Hayden Payne just released his second album under the moniker of Phase Fatale. With Scanning Backwards, the Berghain resident explores the ways in which music – and sub frequencies in particular – are used to influence thinking and synchronize emotions and behavior. The music draws on his background as both sound engineer and guitarist player. Payne, grown up in New York and living in Berlin for some years now, created a complex and dark mix of noise und heavy rhythms spiced with elements from Techno, EBM and Shoegaze.
Agent Side Grinder -
In April, the long-awaited first album of Agent Side Grinder in the new formation was released. On A/X, Emanuel Åström proved to be the fantastic new vocalist of a band that could easily write a number of other hit singles and catchy tunes. Right now and up until December, the Swedes are on an extensive tour through Europe with their fifth longplayer.
30 years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. Two German worlds collided, which, after the Second World War, had developed into two opposing economical and political directions. The social after-effects and relicts of a culture that vanished widely with the Wende can still be found today, mostly in the east of the German capital. At the same time, the number of people who are looking back at this lost state longingly – despite all the injustices – seems to be increasing: Ostalgia, this phenomenon is called. With their unconventional electronic music, they left their permanent imprint on early and mid 80s, their influence reached from UK to North America, where they brought acts such as Skinny Puppy or Nine Inch Nails on the right musical track: Portion Control are undoubtedly one of the most important pioneers of EBM and Industrial. After their temporary break-up in 1987, John Whybrew and Dean Piavanni reunited in 2002 and, Actors in Europe: the Canadians are on the road since end of August, playing in clubs and on festival stages. End Of Summer Tour their journey is called accordingly, packed with gigs all over the continent – which might seem strenuous for Europeans but for the four Post-Punk-Wavers it’s a great pleasure. In Deutzen, Germany, they almost fell from their van onto the stage, where they delivered on point. As they left the stage right after their gig, we grabbed frontman Jason for a quick chat. Empirion have just done the very thing many influential electronic bands which had their biggest successes in the 80s and 90s shy away from: producing and releasing a new album. An advantage of the duo Oz Morsley and Jamie Smart from Essex, UK, has always been the fact that even as they released their first album Advanced Technology, they were operating out-of-line already. Neither fish (EBM), nor fowl (Techno) – an edgy, well-bred hybrid in a nearly unoccupied niche.