We love festivals, and we deeply love great festivals. We are happy to share the news and spread the voice around the announcement of the first bands of the fourth edition of SIREN FESTIVAL, to be held in Vasto July 27 to 30.
Early Bird tickets are available on www.sirenfest.com at a cost of 50 € plus booking fee. This is for sure a chance you shouldn’t miss.
Here you have the line-up of the first great names you’ll have the luck to listen to at SIREN; more yet to come, therefore stay tuned!
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Right after the publication of the beautiful Calico Review, published in September 2016, Allah-Las lands at Siren. Back in 2012, the Californian band got everybody’s attention with their namesake debut album; the quartet, made up of Miles Michaud, Pedrum Siadatian, Spencer Dunham and Matthew Correia, has been hugely demonstrating all of their love for psychedelic ’60s ever since then. The group took shape while three of its four members were working at the legendary Amoeba Store in Los Angeles, where an inexhaustible source of gems of American musical history can be found, and where they had the chance to deepen their passion for garage and psychedelia.
The sound universe of Allah-Las is a perfect blend of British Invasion pop, raw American garage rock’n’roll, and West Coast psychedelia. From the very first single, (Catamaran) in 2011, the quartet has been produced by Nick Waterhouse on his Pres Label. In 2012 the producer founded the new label Innovative Leisure and produced their debut album. This That was the beginning of the ascent of the Californian band, who has been receiving rave critical reviews even in Europe, where its debut in London was described by The Guardian as “A blissful 45 minutes on a cold night”.
The Allah Las established themselves as the leaders of an entire genre of revivalist sounds celebrated in several tv series ( “Aquarius” with David Duchovny in the X-Files and Californication). In 2014 they released their second album named Worship the Sun, without betraying their fans and confirming their talent and their style.
Two years later, Calico Review was released; a collection of pop-psych gems published by Mexican Summer, the result of several influences which highlights the band’s ability to go beyond revivalism and give life to an original sound universe.
Thanks to him, the dancefloor has (re) discovered a soul: to play on expressions, on emotions, on gentle and fierce melancholy and not only on rhythmic architecture. Apparat, aka Sascha Ring, was born in 1978 and is now definitely one of the giants of contemporary electronic music: such a great artist both in solo ( “Walls”, 2007, is an absolute bedrock), in collaboration with Ellen Allien (co -producing “Berlinette” and “Orchestra of Bubbles “), and in the creation of the supergroup Moderat, made together with friends Modeselektor. (between his albums, the first released in 2009, a success that has broken down barriers like few others in the last decade).
Everything started when John Peel invited him at his “Sessions” in 2004. An all-around artist, able to rannge from composing soundtracks of ambient post-rock ( “Krieg und Frieden”, 2013), to DJing with manner and personality, where the roots of his electronic music are developed on old school gems, acid fragments, long dark and disturbing techno excursions, coming to define himself with more contemporary bass and rhythm. Even behind the console, his vision is short, strong, unmistakable, unique. A rare gift, nowadays. Really rare.
Twenty years after their birth, and ten years after their breakup, after a mythical reunion last year for three live shows in the UK, which went sold out in a few hours, ARAB STRAP arrives at Siren Festival, after the fresh release of a double album containing secret hits and rarities from their career.
The cult-Scottish pop duo, made up by Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton, arrives in Italy to celebrate the birthday of the band, a year after the big reunion and a few months after the publication of their last album. The namesake compilation, which narrates ten years of a career as much influential as controversial, shows all the extraordinary ability of a band that has always avoided to conform to any expectation. From the excellent Shy Retirer to Love Detective, from the disconnected lo-fi of The Clearing through the spartan electronics of Rocket, Take Your Turn, Arab Strap has always proved to be fearless and original since the very first minute of Aidan in The First Big Weekend, 1996.
According to Moffat, Arab Strap (released in late September) highlights the various souls of the band: “We chose 20 songs – one for each year since we started – and decided to split them into two lots of 10. The first disc’s a kind of best-of, but we just stuck to the more electronic stuff for this – there are so many different sounds going on in Arab Strap albums, so we wanted to make it a more coherent whole.
The second disc is filled with rarities from EPs and b-sides and outtakes and stuff, so there’s some louder rock stuff on there. I think all of these songs could’ve been on the albums they were recorded for, but sometimes you’re trying to tell a story and some things just don’t fit. This disc is more live drums and rocky too, so anyone looking for the noise should hopefully be satisfied.”
“The idea of a possible reunion for a number of anniversary concerts came at the same time when the band broke up”, confessed Middleton. “I think the day we went to the pub and split up, we made a joke about Arab Strap getting back together in 10 years’ time to celebrate. So that’s basically what this is: a chance to enjoy the music we made once more”.
To everybody who has been missing for years the inimitable and unforgettable sound of the duo, a crucial voice of indie rock: the wait will finally be rewarded!
While the theatrical tour presenting the album LOVE AND VIOLENCE has now reached the halfway point, sold out everywhere, BAUSTELLE announced their participation at SIREN Festival, as part of the summer tour entitled SUMMER, LOVE, AND VIOLENCE.
L’AMORE E LA VIOLENZA (Warner Music) is the acclaimed new album by Baustelle, produced by Francesco Bianconi and mixed by Pino “Pinaxa” Pischetola. Consisting of twelve tracks – ten songs and two instrumentals – it is the seventh studio album of the group. “When I think about this record, the adjective that comes to mind most frequently is colorful”, says Francesco Bianconi. “We wanted to make a record with pop songs that we never listened to on the radio, to do a disc of pop songs that, for one time, are not afraid to reveal their exciting complexity, right as it was before.
From this point of view, this is perhaps our freest disk. A few months ago I said in an interview that “L’AMORE E LA VIOLENZA” would be an obscenely pop record. That is what I meant: music that is not ashamed to show its freedom. In this sense, it is colored, as it is played to be free. Who said that you can not have Haydn and Moroder playing in the same room? It depends on the way you make them play, and if you’re brave enough to let them try.”
The band of Francesco Bianconi (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Claudio Brasini (guitars) and Rachele Bastreghi (vocals, keyboards, percussion) will be joined on stage by Ettore Bianconi (electronics and keyboards), Sebastiano De Gennaro (percussion), Alessandro Maiorino (bass), Diego Hall (keyboards) and Andrea Faccioli (guitars).
Founder of Mute Records, he discovered Depeche Mode and Moby (just to name two, but the list would be very long): Daniel Miller, born in 1951, could live off the interest of his status as a legend of the music industry. But his attitude, always visionary, angular, turned towards the sound of the future, has led him in recent years to reinvent his career as a DJ in the techno universe, at the highest level.Begun by the invitation of his friend (and fan!) Karl O’Connos, aka Regis – half of the duo Sandwell District, an uncompromising institution of British techno – to split the console during a set at Berghain,
Everything started with an invitation of his friend (and fan!) Karl O’Connos, aka Regis (member of the duo Sandwell District, an uncompromising institution of British techno) to split the console during a set at Berghain, a sacred sanctuary of the most uncompromising and rigorous global club culture.
Never nostalgic, no sets celebrating past glories (such as the seminal hit Warm Leatherette, 1978, the production that launched Miller in alternative music), but sounding boomy, bad, scary, a tech-house perfectly behind the times with a grimly dystopian future.
Thereafter calls of enormous prestige came: the Space Ibiza, the Melkweg during the Amsterdam Dance Event, Sónar, the Bootleg in Tel Aviv, Culture Box in Copenhagen, a Boiler Room in Berlin, m_nus by direct invitation of Richie Hawtin.
Melodic embroidery affecting the heart, attention to sound in every detail, the ability to combine indie sensibility and electronics with a rare personal vision: with these weapons the Danish Anders Trentemøller has become one of the most beloved artists of the last decade.
The deep love story between him and his audience started with his first productions (a series of EPs from 2003) and especially with his debut album “The Last Resort“, 2006, which appeared on many “Best of the year” charts. The next albums, “Into The Great Wide Yonder” (2010) and “Lost” (2013) have further confirmed his status as an artist able to speak in many ways to different audiences.
The music of Trentemøller cannot be cataloged precisely: his very personal touch in mixing electronic and indie simply does not fit in predetermined trajectories. “Fixion“, released in September 2016, more than a revolution of its predecessor “Lost” (work that has managed to capture the spirit of Trentemøller music in his live incarnation better than all the others, since previous albums were more “studio experiments”) is the ideal evolution. Some fundamental traits remain: the melancholy touch, the preciousness of melody and harmonics, a romance of a very dark background.
Never before however, such a great care had been held to make the sound alive, organic, and to work on a more traditional structure and recognizable song form. Apparently, it is a more immediate record and simpler than its predecessors, but as always the Danish artist’s work is remarkable, many items hidden at first sight reveal themselves slowly. It is in this way that you can have a unique sound, recognizable, unmistakable, which is experimental and moves naturally from a few minimalist touches of synth gradually up to a raw energy that laps shores of the electro-punk energy.
An energy that is always higher on stage, since 2007, with a real band. The tour following the release of “Fixion” sees Anders Trentemøller on stage with four fellow adventurers, including Marie Fisker vocals, ready to smash in bass, guitar, drums and various synths. An high-impact mixture, which force is further enhanced by the ever precise work on lights and visuals by Swedish artist Andreas Ermenius (formerly responsible for the artwork of “Fixion” and director of the videos for the three singles).
We are happy to present the new artwork for SIREN FESTIVAL 2017 by Gianni Puri
Gianni Ian Puri is an illustrator, architect and musician based in Rome. He works in the field of editorial illustration, music and advertising graphics. Co-founder and art director of La Macchina Studio. He loves reverb and animals with a long neck. In designing the new artwork for Siren Festival 2017, Gianni has imagined the festival as a vital energy that illuminates the city, like a sea that surrounds and fills every corner of Vasto!
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