Manchester’s Ritz is an iconic venue for the city. Before Belgium’s SOULWAX even played a note tonight, the stage set was a synthspotter’s wet dream.
A beautifully monochromatic and almost perfectly symmetrical set-up boasting an incredible array of mainly vintage equipment including an EMS Synthi A, ARP 2600 (with custom red LEDs on the sliders), ARP Odyssey, Oberheim 2 Voice and a Macbeth modular being amongst the gear on display. More Inside ›
‘From Deewee’ is the first studio album from Belgium’s SOULWAX in twelve years, the core of the act are brothers Stephen and David Dewaele and their return has seen a shift towards using more real drums, employing JAMIE T’s Victoria Smith, TURBO WOLF’s Blake Davies and SEPULTURA’s Igor Cavelera to help achieve this vision.
The usage of live / acoustic drums with electronic music has often been a contentious issue amongst the synthpop fraternity. More Inside ›
Denmark’s SPLEEN UNITED somehow never quite managed to break through the glass ceiling of widespread electronic music popularity - being blessed with the kind of misrepresentative band name which conjured images of a third division UK punk band arguably didn’t help their cause either.
‘School of Euphoria’ was the follow up to 2011’s ‘Neanderthal’, a somewhat muted sequel to the sparkling electro-pop debut of ‘Godspeed Into The Mainstream’. More Inside ›
Los Angeles band BATTLE TAPES have managed to inject a well-needed energy boost into a scene which was sorely lacking an act that could deliver a hybrid rock / electronic / dance sound.
Taking their cues from several favourite TEC artists, Josh Boardman (vocals / guitar / synth), Riley Mackin (synths / programming / vocals) kindly spoke to The Electricity Club about the challenge of integrating electronic elements with live ones and how BATTLE TAPES tick. More Inside ›
Let's set one thing straight first, any band that has a song in their catalogue called ‘Sweatshop Boys’ is bound to have some sort of potential and thankfully BATTLE TAPES have come storming out of the blocks with a fine debut album in ‘Polygon’.
Although the said Tennant / Lowe parodying song is not present here, there are ten tracks which do an excellent job at filling an electronic musical void that's existed for quite a while now. More Inside ›