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RELEASE DATES 2012:
DENMARK FEBRUARY 24
DARLING HAMLET TOUR (DENMARK):
APRIL 4, 2013:
Uteater, Odense, Denmark
APRIL 5, 2013:
Slagtehal 3, Aarhus, Denmark
APRIL 6, 2013:
Badstue Rock, Aarhus, Denmark (in-store)
APRIL 12, 2013:
Klub Møtrik, Maskinen, Svendborg, Denmark
MAY 11, 2013: Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany (Supporting Lene Lovich Band)
01. Satan Said
02. The Androgyne Show
03. Meet Me In The Darkness
04. Modern Love
05. A Key To The Light
06. The Gambler
07. One Two One Two
08. The Last Room
09. When It All Comes Down
10. On The Roof
P1 Danish National Radio 2012 (English/Danish/mp3, 0:44-1:00)
Zitty Berlin 2011 (German)
Looking For Kohl (Eng./video)
Danish Radio (English/video)
Zitty Berlin 2007 (German)
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Central Valley Project
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Central Valley Project
More press photos here
SATAN SAID MUSIC VIDEO
ON THE ROOF MUSIC VIDEO
RELEASED BY SOUND OF PERPETUAL ASTONISHMENT
Berliner duo Sister Chain & Brother John now release their second album “The Androgyne Show”. The parlour punk pioneers have added new flavours and new themes to their concept which has ripened since their debut into a full blown Victorian glam rock cabaret. Be prepared for wicked tales and compelling song craft.
“The Androgyne Show” is the first crowdfunded album by a Berlin band. It was fully financed by the band’s loyal following via Inkubato.com. Like the debut album “Darkness To Warm Your Heart” (2008) the new album was recorded on 4-track tape and pressed on vinyl only. The analogue approach also extends to the mastering as well as the album artwork: photos shot with an 1860s camera and developed with cyanide on glass plates.
Victorian Perverts in Outer Space
“The Androgyne Show” is a concept album of the Ziggy Stardust tradition, including the blurred sexuality and alien subject matter. The title song tells of an imaginary game show where you win a sex change operation while the losers are sold to slavery. However, the Victorian parlour motif of the debut album is still present in piano tracks like “The Last Room” - the song of the betrayed duchess - or the sonnet song “Modern Love” – a tribute to both poet George Meredith and the composer Beethoven.
The lyrical universe of Sister Chain & Brother John also contains political songs (such as the apocalyptic “When At All Comes Down”) as well as devotional ballads (“On The Roof”) and the inevitable ride into the decadent
underworld - before resurfacing at the gates of the lunatic asylum.
Raw and Rambling Electric Troubadours
Apart from the lonesome piano and the occasional circus drum, Sister Chain & Brother John remain faithful to their minimalist principals: one bass guitar or electric guitar, vocals and effects. But what else does one need in nineteenth century outer space? Or even on stage for a thrilling performance, for that matter?
In the six years that have passed since their chance meeting, the couple have performed and excited audiences in hundreds of concerts in their respective homelands and all around Europe - anywhere from rock venues and festivals through proper theatres to churches and ships, illegal gambling houses, gothic
weddings and warzone street corners.
More information, press photos, interviews, videos etc.
Distribution: Pale Music (international), SOPA and Rillbar.
Lars Kjær Dideriksen
(+45) 40 95 64 39
Review of The Androgyne Show:
"Berlin-based Sister Chain & Brother John is a most peculiar and rather unique acquaintance. Victorian glam rock meets dark cabaret moods of the duo's strange, seductive, macabre and highly dramatical theatrical universe. There is something absolutely alluring about Sister Chain & Brother John's peculiar world. (…) There is a constant lurking danger in Sister Chain’s shrill tremulous voice that complements the disturbing universe perfectly. (…)There are glorious highs in the spinning Satan Said, the title number with playful bass, the doomsday heavy When It All Comes Down and the delicious fingerpicked On The Roof."
- Gaffa, Denmark's biggest music magazine, 4 stars.
"Berlin based Sister Chain & Brother John are on to record number two now so someone must be listening. (...) The majority of this stuff brings to mind the stripped back minimalist punk approach of The Cramps performed by French-Canadian duo Vialka. If they’re not buddies I’d be very surprised. Anyway, if Victorian glam cabaret is your schtick this is going to blow your frickin’ mind. Everything about this record is olde style, from the four-track production to the sleeve photo, shot with an 1860s camera and developed with cyanide on glass plates. Yowza!"
- Norman Records, UK, 4 stars
Praise for live shows and the debut album "Darkness To Warm Your Heart":
"Sister Chain and Brother John have taken the framework of the duo with all its limitations and used it to its full extent."
- Thomas Mauch, Die Tageszeitung
(Read full review in German)
"Dig a little bit deeper and there is a dry wit and comic absurdity completely
missing from the majority of most of the music that passes my way.
You will either hate this, or more hopefully you will love and cherish it.
It takes someone like Sister Chain & Brother John to come along and remind us
- if you don't have anything new to say, in a way it's not beensaid before - don't bother. Subversive, interesting and unique. What more could you want?"
- Gareth Owen, Electronic Beats (Read full review in English)
"Sister Chain’s theatrical singing with Brother John’s minimal yet melodic
bass playing creates a very intense and effective combination, which I find
fascinating. An exceptional, boundary breaking, and unconventional show."
- Far From the Madding Crowd
"Sister Chain & Brother John are something else: Esther Ofarim and Klaus Nomi
spring to mind, but also Bauhaus and The Sisters of Mercy, the Brecht and Kurt Weill cabaret and Lotte Lenja. I am at their show now and I am melting
with pleasure, a different type of pleasure. One that comes from insane twists
noise, screams and distortions. What a triumphant finale to such a cultural evening."
- Michael Rorberger, The Town Mouse
Debut album "Darkness To Warm Your Heart"
still available. Listen to it
Download free 25-track SOPA label compilation here
RECORDING THE ANDROGYNE SHOW
THE ANDROGYNE SHOW LIVE