Monthly Archives: September 2012

Welcome to the House of (Neon) Light

HOUSE OF LIGHT JOIN NEON SIGH

Our latest partnership brings the great music of Berlin-based House Of Light to the US.

Unexplained art, post-apocalyptic mental illnesses, substances from foreign deserts, erotic rebellions, soft violence, and a little death: House of Light is a religious disorganisation. Currently a duo of habitual drifters from Berlin, travelling from NYC to the Pacific Northwest and back again, while bringing dark magic to lovers of good music. With roots in new wave and 80′s pop, its members come from all round the world. Layers of lush melodies, psychedelic riffs, and post-romantic imagery. In the House of Light, you might find shadows cast of Radiohead, David Bowie, Velvet Underground, The Blue Angel Lounge, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Dark pop with the features defined in streaks of neon white. Catch them while you can. Seductive and cool. Essential.

HOUSE OF LIGHT - COME INTO MY NIGHT, 2012 NEON SIGH

Check their Neon Sigh debut “Come Into My Night” available now as our first exclusively-digital offer, and prepare for an all-new record of excellent material in the coming months!

”a post-apocalyptic stab at the sun” – 4Q VERY MUCH (AU)

”an electric odyssey, in an out of darkness” – BERLIN IS (DE)

”destined to be some kind of indie classic, when it finally reaches the right ears” PLANET OF SOUND (USA)

ABOUT THEIR LIVE SHOW

”an erotic rebellion onstage, volatile and brooding” – INPRESS (AU)

”dark, sexy, and unpredictable, with much irony in their name. Haunting harmonies and layers of lush melody abound.’ ‘…post-post-punk with roots in new wave. A volatile rock band on stage one minute and cooled down balladeers the next… strong melodies with a dark twist. Words evoke the forces of nature and the good and evil shades and shadows that flicker in men. The music is layered in lush melodies and psychedelic riffs evoking Bowie, Joy Division and Nick Cave with vocal comparisons to Morrissey and Morrison” – RUDI ZARSOFF, Biographer (UK)

”There’s more than a whiff of the 80s in this dark new-wave sound. They keep it rocking with pumping drums and bass, and gritty guitar sounds, but their lyrics and melodies are melancholy, sometimes deliciously miserable, and the whole effect is often reminiscent of some early goth acts like The Sisters Of Mercy and The Mission. Mainly though, it stays in more mainstream territory than that. Accomplished and heartfelt” – LIVEUNSIGNED (USA)

”Watching the singer twist and writhe onstage is hynotising, and at times embarrasingly sensual. The androgeny of his image is disturbing to some and endearing to others. And watching him perform is like watching a birth onstage. Of what I don’t know” – POPBOMB (USA)

”At times HOL were like theatre. A little menacing immanence about to break into spectacle, like watching the deconstruction of a bomb. Then suddenly the danger would be over and you were thrown into a different discomfort and the sudden fragility of what is before you. Valentina Veil’s face is pale and child-like as she holds a strange and beautiful note. A breath of emptiness. Then again, de Vries croons deep over stormy bass lines and the apocalypse is looming again. Safety is over” – UNKNOWN PLEASURES (DE)

”A girl comes over to him and assaults him onstage. She runs off leaving him physically shocked but with very minor injuries. But the essential meaning is residue in the air. There is something going on here” – Jack K, HOL Manager.

”A psychedlic blend of dark 80s pop and modern electronica. But without the tackiness of techno or the tedium of modern rock bands” – Philippa Hole, HateWave (USA)

”Cracks in the pavement, cracks in the walls, cracks in the hallowed halls. Cracks in the stories of hollywood’s whores!’ de Vries wails over a noisy organ noise wall. ”Too late, too late, too late to wait! Give me a war to end all wars!“ Then the first riffs of Thread come on, and you somehow feel you’re in a for an explosive ride” – INDIE OUT (USA)

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NEON SIGH / BLVD / BITTERSWEET present BLISSFEST 2012

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/blissfestus

Event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/344493485641813/

A NEON SIGH / BLVD / BITTERSWEET PRESENTATION

http://www.neonsigh.com
http://www.blvdrecords.com
http://www.facebook.com/bittersweetthursdays

BLISSFEST 2012 / LOVESLIESCRUSHING / AIRIEL / BLACK NITE CRASH / NEW CANYONS / DARKRED / GOLDEN GARDENS

Friday, October 19th 2012
Subterranean
CHICAGO, IL

21+
$12

NEON SIGH, BLVD RECORDS and BITTERSWEET PRESENT: BLISSFEST 2012!

DJ SETS BY DJ PEROXIDE AND DJ RETINA BURN

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LOVESLIESCRUSHING – 12:15-1:00
http://lovesliescrushing.bandcamp.com/

Legendary dreamscapes for two decades. An extremely rare show not to be missed. BLVD/Neon Sigh release coming in 2013!

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AIRIEL – 11:30-12:00
https://www.facebook.com/airielmusic

It’s loud. It’s pretty. You can dance to it. Check their new EP “Kid Games” – possibly the best music released in 2012. From Chicago, IL

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NEW CANYONS 10:45-11:15
https://www.facebook.com/newcanyons

Synthesizing a mixture of shimmering guitars and luminous keyboards, New Canyons fuse a symphonic sound that is uniquely their own. Evoking influences from synthpop and shoegaze, the duo formulate music evocative of the future. New LP on BLVD Records coming Fall 2012. From Chicago, IL

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BLACK NITE CRASH 10:00-10:30
https://www.facebook.com/blacknitecrash

In support of their latest album “Drawn Out Days” out now on Neon Sigh

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DARKRED 9:15-9:45
http://www.myspace.com/darkredsound

Former member of shoegaze mainstays Paik. From Detroit, MI

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GOLDEN GARDENS 8:30-9:00
https://www.facebook.com/goldengardens

Influenced by Philip K Dick, Grant Morrison, Nabokov, Gaiman, Lynch, Deren, Satoshi Kon, Herzog, Duchamp. If you ever enjoyed Cocteau Twins, Love Spirals Downwards, or Twin Peaks, you need to see this. New album will be available digitally at this show! Wide release on CD from Neon Sigh 13th Nov 2012.

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It all begins with our DJs spinning at 8 pm! Come by for a drink and an evening of aural delights.

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RINGO DEATHSTARR with BLACK NITE CRASH, VIBRAGUN and JETMAN JET TEAM in Seattle 9/23/12

RINGO DEATHSTARR continue their massive fall tour with support from a host of Neon Sigh bands – Black Nite Crash being our inaugural release with their great album “Drawn Out Days”, Vibragun with a new debut full-length for release in the spring, as well as Jetman Jet Team, who EVERYONE in the local scene is talking about this year – their debut album is arriving in spring as well from Saint Marie Records, along with a special edition fancy single coming out soon from Neon Sigh. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE EVENT OF THE FALL IN SEATTLE, you will not want to miss this for anything!! Sunday September 23rd at the beloved Comet Tavern.

RINGO DEATHSTARR / BLACK NITE CRASH / VIBRAGUN / JETMAN JET TEAM - SEATTLE 9/23/12

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RINGO DEATHSTARR in Portland with SUNDAZE / WL / INDUSTRIAL PARK

Continuing our amazing string of Northwest rock shows this fall, we’ve got RINGO DEATHSTARR coming to Portland and Seattle with some stellar lineups also featuring some of the best bands in the NW. Here’s your Portland edition! Click the image to join the facebook event. NOT TO BE MISSED as Sundaze are going to be huge – you will not believe how phenomenal this group is, and WL with Industrial Park are sure to impress as well. You will want to grab a table and settle in for the evening, I assure you.

RINGO DEATHSTARR / SUNDAZE / WL / INDUSTRIAL PARK at SLABTOWN 9/20/12

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HOUSE OF LIGHT in Portland with TENDER AGE and APPENDIXES – 13 SEPT 2012

HOUSE OF LIGHT / TENDER AGE / APPENDIXES 12 SEPT 2012 PORTLAND

NEON SIGH RECORDS and UNKNOWN PLEASURES PRESENT

HOUSE OF LIGHT
TENDER AGE
APPENDIXES

Thurs 13 Sept 2012
EAST END
203 SE Grand Ave
PORTLAND

HOUSE OF LIGHT

Man, I love this band. They did us right in playing in Seattle 17 Aug and Portland with Whirr on 1 Sept. In the House of Light, you might find shadows cast of Radiohead, David Bowie, Velvet Underground, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Dark pop with the features defined in streaks of neon white. Bit of a moody vibe, think of Blue Angel Lounge as a contemporary, but you’ll find more of a rock sneer in this case. Berliner stylings but actually a duo from Australia + Italy, catch them while you can. Seductive and cool. Essential.

houseoflight.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/THEHOUSEOFLIGHT

TENDER AGE

APPENDIXES

facebook.com/Appendixes
appendixes.bandcamp.com

neonsigh.com
unknownpleasures.eu
eastendpdx.com

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GOLDEN GARDENS: NEWEST AND MOST FANCY ADDITION TO NEON SIGH

GOLDEN GARDENS, PURE MAGIC FROM SEATTLE, WA

Please join us in welcoming Golden Gardens to our collective of brilliant music. We’ve been enjoying their magical labors for some months now and with an all new fancy album due for release in early November, the time is nigh for any appreciator of fine music to get on board. Keep aware for the release of “How Brave The Hunted Wolves” on digital and CD shortly!

Listen to “Transparent Things” and more through the Golden Gardens soundcloud page:

All of their current material is available to buy at goldengardens.bandcamp.com!

“Soothing dream-pop at its best.” Seattle Weekly

“Bramble’s voice possesses a gauzy and velvety softness that allows it to glide overtop of Neville’s entrancing dreamscapes with ease.” Textura

“The two musicians take dreaminess to new levels of sublimity…and Golden Gardens are a duo smartly using their influences to capture their own distinct brand of melancholy ambiance.” Symbiotic Reviews

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BLACK NITE CRASH LIVE ON 90.3 KEXP TOMORROW 9/8 – 8pm

YOWZA! Black Nite Crash will be live and direct on your dial at 90.3 FM – Seattle’s beloved + killer indie radio station KEXP! It begins at 8 pm PST tomorrow, Saturday Sept 8th.

Black Nite Crash Live

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Airiel at Beat Kitchen in Chicago this Friday, 7 Sept

AIRIEL 7 SEPT 2012 BEAT KITCHEN CHICAGO IL

This will be Unicycle Loves You’s final show in Chicago for a long while, as we are moving to New York in October.

We will miss Chicago immensely and hope you will come beat box with us one more time!

Lineup:
AIRIEL: 11:30PM
facebook.com/airielmusic

UNICYCLE LOVES YOU: 10:30PM
facebook.com/UnicycleLovesYou

MADE BY MAN: 9:45PM
facebook.com/madebyman

LOVE AND RADIATION: 9:00PM
facebook.com/loveandradiationband

$8 / 21+ / 8:30PM doors
BUY TICKETS

JOIN THE EVENT facebook.com/events/191471800986706/

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