New 'Alone' live video from post-punkers Whispering Sons in support of debut LP
"Shimmering guitar lines, an angular and propulsive bass line, thundering and mathematically precise drumming, and a slick, yet infectious hook" – The Joy of Violent Movement
"Considering how big, calculated and haunting their sound is, it’s no wonder bands like The Soft Moon and Gang of Four chose them as touring partners. Their debut album further underlines their excellence" – Louder Than War
"Dark sound that breathes desperation and nervosity, which translates into an ominous atmosphere" – Disarm Magazine
"A dark beautiful fantasy with remarkable silver lining... While the album as a whole is stunning and definitely one for the serious post-punk fan, there are also elements of darkwave, shoegaze, and alternative rock" – Big Takeover Magazine
"Chiming guitar flourishes bring to mind John McGeoch (Banshees, PIL) and even early Cocteaus Robin Guthrie... they are tapping into that, pre-Raphaelite sound, creating a dreamy atmosphere" – [sic] Magazine
In support of their debut album 'Image', Belgian post-punk outfit Whispering Sons present their new live video for 'Alone', filmed for Belgian national TV following a roundtable on post-punk past and present. Comprised of ten tracks, their album is out now via Cleopatra Records in North America and Smile Records in Europe. Ahead of this release, the band offered a preview of their tracks 'Stalemate', 'Waste' and the album version of 'Alone'.
Whispering Sons is Sander Hermans (synth), Fenne Kuppens (vocals), Kobe Lijnen (guitar), Sander Pelsmaekers (drums) and Tuur Vandeborne (bass). The band just wrapped up a tour with The Soft Moon ,followed by a series of shows with Gang of Four and headlining a series of European live dates in support of this album.
This is the first major release for this Brussels-based outfit since their ‘Endless Party’ EP in 2015. This new release represents what the band describes as a "giant leap forward". Together with producer Micha Volders and engineer/co-producer Bert Vliegen, the band used their time in the studio as a means to broaden their sound, enriching it with acoustic drums and a whole range of synthesizers.
This album, recorded over a period of ten days at GAM Studios in Belgium, evokes an atmosphere that is ominous and urging, while capturing the band's live intensity. Mixed by Bert Libeert (Goose, B, Raving George - Charlotte de Witte) at Jetson Studio and mastered by Frederik Dejongh (Hooverphonic) at Jerboa Mastering, this work is tinged with angst and isolation. Lyrically these songs stem from alienation, distance and inertia.
The songs on 'Image' were written after the band collectively moved to Brussels in 2016. Between intense touring, they channeled their new ideas into the music found on this album. Feeding on the dynamics of the city, the tracks unveil feelings of alienation and distance. 'Image' is a motionless state, in which observations overshadow actions. It reflects the artificiality of things, yet still desperately clings on to ideals and obsessions, something which is also strengthened by the cover artwork, created of Flor Maesen.
Whispering Sons won Belgium’s prestigious Rock Rally in 2016, the same national contest that launched the career of dEUS. Since then they released several 7 inches - 'Performance/Strange Identities' (2016) and 'White Noise' (2017), and the 'Endless Party' EP. Touring extensively in Europe, they've developed a reputation for their animated performances.
The 'Image' LP is now available everywhere, and can be ordered via Cleopatra Records on CD and also digitally via Bandcamp.
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