Schilling 2013

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Light Asylum (US)

A New York, Brooklyn duo Light Asylum is the project of vocalist Shannon Funchess and multi-instrumentalist Bruno Coviello, since 2007. Duo’s music can be described as an uncompromising mixture of cold-wave, EBM, electro-industrial and dance-pop with tough edge. Their production is part introverted, part bright, aggressive and jubilant. Passages of carefully devised harmony and melody bloom between stabs of driving keyboards and drum machines. Funchess has been an in-demand vocalist for TV on the RadioTelepathe, and !!!, of which she became a touring member. Described as able to hypnotize and hold an audience in a state of bondage, Funchess has sealed a reverent status through her vocal breadth and captivating expression. Coviello grew up in New Jersey and developed an early fascination for house music and also performed as one-man synth pop band the Dreamies before meeting Funchess. After bonding over their shared love for Clan of Xymox and other darker synth-pop and industrial acts, they began writing and recording together. In 2011, Light Asylum self-released their debut EP „In Tension“, long-awaited debut-album was released in 2012 on Mexican Summer (home of Oneohtrix Point Never, Peaking Lights, Best Coast etc).  

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The Mary Onettes (SE)

Starting out in Jönköping in 2000, indie-pop group The Mary Onettes was drawn together much due to their common interest for 80s and 90s music, with bands such as The Stone Roses and The Cure. For the band revolving around Philip Ekström’s (vocals, guitar), heartfelt and melody-centred song writing, things started happening in 2004 when Sony/BMG decided to sign the band up for an EP. The debut was released in May 2005 but didn’t make big fuzz to the main crowd, although it got great reviews. A demo sent to prominent Swedish indie label Labrador (home of Club 8Radio Dept. etc) led to a full-length album in 2006 which got amazing reviews and was followed by extensive touring in Europe. Since then their international buzz has been growing steadily. Pitchfork has used the term “unembarrassed pop“ when positively reviewing band’s albums,  also the TV series Grey's Anatomy used two songs in their episodes. Their sophomore release “Islands” (2009) met overall rave reviews and Popmatters put them on their “best indie of 2009” list. In late 2012 “Evil Coast”, the first single from group’s third album “Hit the Waves” (out in March 2013) dropped like a bomb in the blog world, placing The Mary Onettes as the no. 1 most blogged artist on Hypem.com with features from Pitchfork, Stereogum, The Guardian, Q-Magazine etc. Songs from their brilliant new album are most definitely heard at Schilling. 

themaryonettes.net
soundcloud.com/labrador-records/the-mary-onettes-evil-coast-2/
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Camera (DE)

Berlin-based kraut-rock trio Camera are the true ambassadeurs of the genre. Camera have been called "Krautrock Guerillas" as they love playing spontaneous concerts in public spaces, mostly without permission. More than once have they sneaked their way into highly official after show parties (German Film Prize, Echo Awards etc.) and played for as long as it takes for the security to realize that they are not part of the official programme. A proof that Camera has hit the genuine kraut-rock nerve with their music was their joint gig with Krautrock legends Michael Rother (NEU!) and Dieter Moebius (Cluster, Harmonia). Even these pioneers of 40 years ago have taken note of Camera's qualities, both supporting and promoting them. Their debut album „Radiate“ was released in 2012 on Bureau B (formerly specialized on kraut-rock re-releases only). Recorded in live mode in the studio, their album ranges from driving “motorik” rock to serene, epically flowing tracks by way of foreboding soundscape ridges. It can be at times right in your face or elsewhere in interstellar spheres, a truly „kosmische“ music. Camera have taken kraut-rock onto the street, straight to the people, making the magical achievements of German musical pioneers accessible to a wider listenership with their guerilla tactics. 

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Just Another Snake Cult (IS)

Just Another Snake Cult is an art-pop project based in Reykjavík, Iceland. In its current incarnation it's core is consisting of Þórir "Thor" Bogason (producer, multi-instrumentalist) and Helga Jónsdóttir (cello, keyboards), often augmented by Pétur Eggertsson (violin, effects). Their psychedelic indie-pop may sound eccentric but is always played in accessible style. JASC has said to be a mix of Brian Wilson circa his „Smile“ album and Ariel Pink, and doing that they have come up with something truly compelling and original. With a strong emphasis on melody, their melodramatic songs use everything from autoharps to acoustic guitars with drumsticks. Band’s current live show is based around the idea of bringing the bedroom recording studio to the stage. To date the band has issued, in addition to several digital singles and EP's, a cassette “Birds Carried Your Song Through The Night“ on US label Off Tempo Records.

snakecult.tiredmachine.com
justanothersnakecult.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/justanothersnakecult

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Mokh (BY)

Mokh (pronounced “Mokh”, a Russian word for "Moss”) is the stage name of Anton Krivulia from Minsk, Belorussia. Under that alias he creates music and releases digital albums as a part of the art group Solntsetsvety (Russian word for "Sun Flowers"). Hard to classify, his music may often sound modern, as something that can be part of contemporary bedroom pop or lo-fi scene, but at the same it’s time also timeless, reflecting the psychedelic sounds of last 40 years in a wider scale and in its many forms. Krivulia has described Mokh’s sound as an opener for a new era where a new temporal flow has set and whisper of rational thought has been troubled by sound. On his 2009’s EP one can hear five lengthy tracks, shunning all forms of a traditional verse-chorus-verse structure, which are designed to take the listeners further away from any sense of where they started. 

soundcloud.com/solntsetsvety2/sets/mjp
soundcloud.com/stereochuvak/sets/5-1
lesom.ru/relises/mokhep.html

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Melting Hearts (FI)

After spending hundreds of hours in the sleaziest karaoke bars of Helsinki, gathering inspiration for his new project, Helsinki based bedroom pop singer Samuel Meri started Melting Hearts in 2011. Before that Samuel has been a member of Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s band and also Yön Syke. He has been compared to and he is at least partly inspired by home-recording legends Arthur Russell and Ariel Pink, but also Durutti Column and obscure Finnish „gas station-pop“ – tapes with Finnish cover versions of western hits sold on tapes in gas stations of 80s Finland. Melting Hearts plays fresh sounding homemade pop with delicate singing style and sense of melody. The group has released a live-tape and a 7“ „Haaveeni värit“ (JEKS Viihde, 2013) as Samuel Meri & Yön Syke. At Schilling Melting Hearts will play as a full live-band – a set already warmly welcomed by Finnish club audiences.

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Pia Fraus (EE)

The band formed in Tallinn, Estonia in 1998 by a group of art-school students Rein Fuks, Reijo Tagapere, Tõnis Kenkmaa, Kärt Ojavee, Kristel Loide (now Eplik) and Joosep Volk. Eve Komp and Margus Voolpriit later joined replacing Kristel and Joosep. Sharing common love for early 90s shoegaze and US noise / indie rock the band has released four albums and numerous singles (on Clairecords, Vinyl Junkie and Seksound), has been produced by Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Ulrich Schnauss, and has remixed and been remixed by the likes of Hood, Teenage Fanclub, His Name Is Alive, Future Pilot Aka, Seeland and International Airport. Pia Fraus have become well-known for their perfect blend of dream pop – masterfully mixing guitars, vocals and organ layers. They've been hitting their reverb pedals way before it was so trendy to do so and have paved the way to the modern dream pop genre. In 2012, US indie-label Shelflife released a compilation LP/CD Silmi Island, a celebration of their ten year history featuring 13 of their very best tracks from 1998-2008, including a surprise My Bloody Valentine cover. Their gig at Schilling will be their first since band's mini-tour in Japan back in 2008.

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Metro Luminal (EE)

Metro Luminal is a legendary and highly influential Estonian alternative rock band, formed in 1988 by talented guitar player Rainer Jancis and singer Allan Vainola with  help of poet and lyricist Mait Vaik. Shortly after the bassist Kalle Nettan and drummer Kristo Rajasaare joined. Spending past 4-5 years in a relative hiatus, the band gained their popularity with memorable gigs in early 90s and two self-produced cassettes– “Ainult rottidele” (“For Rats Only”, 1994) and a self-titled tape with recordings from 1990 (also known as “Coca-Cola”, 1995). Music of ML was solely a creation of Rainer Jancis, and majority of their lyrics – always tastefully deep and with dark-romantic sensibilities – were written by Andres Rodionov and Mait Vaik. In mid-nineties, after the singer Allan Vainola left the band, Metro Luminal became a solo-project of Rainer Jancis with occasional changing line-up, and started to experiment with more electronic sounds. The group released three albums in late 90s and mid 00s, and also re-released their classic tapes on CD. At Schilling they have promised to perform mostly the songs from those first classis releases and they will play almost in their classic line-up.

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Junk Riot (EE)

Junk Riot is a four-piece garage/indie/experimental band from Tallinn, whose sound is structured around distinct high-pitched vocals and heavy usage of guitar effects. Formed in 2006, Junk Riot’s have built their own unique sound around a high-octane mixture of loud guitars, wild vocals, groovy bass riffs and pulsating drum beats. Having gained the respect of scenesters on both sides of the Estonian-Russian language barrier, Junk Riot went on to gain the attention of the mainstream media by entering and succeeding in several contests, including the pan-Baltic Coca-Cola Soundwave 2008 powered by MTV, where they made it to the final three, and the seminal band contest Noortebänd 2009, which they won. During their existence the guys have played at big regional festivals Plink Plonk, Positivus and Õllesummer and served as a warm-up to UK post-punk band White Lies. After a longer live-hiatus, Junk Riot will return with brand new material, to be heard on their long awaited debut album due this summer.

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Badass Yuki (EE)

Formed in 2008 by Mart Avi and Paul Sild, Badass Yuki’s soundscapes vary from punk-minded psychedelia and catchy pop-nightmares to house-infused shoegaze. BY's soundworld is diverse and constantly changing, bouncing somewhere between post-punk, noise, or just eclectic pop-music with danceable rhythms. Their slightly neurotic debut album “Black Apple Trip” (Mortimer Snerd, 2011) is mixing clever guitars with Manchester style rave and organised noise, reflecting neon lights, flying cars and both homelessness and omnipresence. Their 2012 digital single „Cherry Tree Bonanza“ shows the band taking a lighter, more acoustic and electronic path. At Schilling Badass Yuki, now a power-trio backed with drummer Aigar Vals, will present first glimpses of their long awaited second album, due later this year.

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Uus Energia (EE)

Uus Energia (Estonian for “New Energy”) is probably the only true Jamaican style dub-orchestra in Estonia. With its changing line-up, often exceeding 10 members, their dub (a more experimental version of Jamaican reggae) is created mostly in an improvised manner - both on their 2012’s debut album “Studio Live Dub” as well as at gigs. Their album was recorded in a two days jamming session at the studio with effects added in live mixing, using mainly analogue gear and wide selection of instruments - incl sampler, KORG, melodica, trumpet etc All that combined creates a wide soundscape and gives listener a rather unique experience. As it seems, Uus Energia will hopefully not stay a local cult phenomenon only, as they have been already invited to play in various European cities.

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Kurjam (EE)

A charming punk band since 1996, Kurjam (a rather funny Estonian word for a “crook”) has during the years been led and directed by its founding member Marko Sigus (guitar, vocals), with help of changing line-up. Now a trio, Kurjam has released various tapes and CD-s during their lengthy career, but it seems they really got their things going just in recent years – an Estonian tour with folk-metal stars Metsatöll, a show at our biggest rock-festival Rabarock and rather successful CD in 2011 containing many catchy songs, incl. title track and radio single “Kuumalaine Stroomi rannas” (“Heatwave at Stroomi-beach”) which in obvious reasons, is in high rotation especially during heat-waves. At Schilling the band will play a selection of their “best of the best”, both from their albums and deep vaults of unreleased material, yet to be discovered.

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