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Holygram releases debut 'Modern Cults' LP, launches North American tour with VNV Nation

German post-punk shoegaze outfit HOLYGRAM have released their long-awaited debut LP ‘Modern Cults’. Comprised of eleven tracks, this album is now available on CD and double vinyl, as well as digitally via Cleopatra Records. The band also just kicked off their North American tour with one of the biggest electronic bands on the planet, VNV Nation and Charlottesville, VA artist The Rain Within.

HOLYGRAM cleverly blends new wave and Krautrock with post-punk and shoegaze to achieve headstrong multi-layered bliss. This is a thoroughly contemporary homage to the sound of the ’80s with a resolute look to the future - the result is driving, dark and catchy.

All photos by Yves Christelsohn

Earlier, the band teased the singles 'Signals' and 'A Faction'. Two years have passed since the Cologne-based outfit released their self-titled EP.

Produced by Maurizio Baggio, perhaps best known as producer of The Soft Moon’s 'Deeper' and 'Criminal' albums, they recorded this LP at Cologne’s Amen Studios.

HOLYGRAM is Patrick Blümel (vocals), Sebastian Heer (drums), Marius Lansing (guitars), Pilo Lenger (synthesizers) and Bennett Reimann (bass). Formed in 2015, the band's approach to making music references the past, while remaining future-oriented. Hard-to-combine elements cleverly come together to become the soundtrack of a city that appears threatening in the twilight.

The new album surrounds themes such as big cities, alienation and anonymity, hope and memories, love and identity. These reflections interact closely with the band’s unmistakable signature sound. Atmosphere oscillates between the brutal sounds of the big city and the fragility of the people that lose themselves in it – intelligently observed scenarios of a world falling apart in which individuals have long ceased to play a leading role.

Last year, HOLYGRAM accompanied British synthpop legends OMD on their European tour and also played numerous festivals, including Mailfeld Derby, Wave-Gotik-Treffen and New Waves Day. Wrapping themselves in dense wafts of mist and cool lighting on stage, they've made quite a name for themselves on the live circuit.

'Modern Cults' is now available everywhere, including via Cleopatra Records on CD and vinyl, as well as digitally via Bandcamp. The album is out in Europe via Oblivion / SPV.

HOLYGRAM will be touring Europe and US/Canada this fall with one of the biggest electronic bands on the planet, VNV Nation.

All photos by Yves Christelsohn

"There is something incredibly enticing about a band who so seamlessly combines New Wave, post-punk, Krautrock, darkwave, and shoegaze. The result is a heady dose of reverberating ecstasy"Big Takeover Magazine

"Rising post-punk stars"Post-punk.com

"Holygram take us on an intoxicating, spine-tingling ride that is filled with gloom, mystery, and ecstasy. And all you can do is close your eyes and dance within the mysterious soundscape"The Revue

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