Let’s talk. I’m thinking delicious electronic music, what about you? Do you like Nine Inch Nails? Ohgr? Doll Factory? Depeche Mode (1997 and forward)? Mesh? Blaqk Audio?
Are you a goth? Rivethead? Even just a club-kid who happens to enjoy their clothing in shades of black and neon?
Then I have totally got the band for you. Let me introduce you to Post Death Soundtrack, a Calgary/Vancouver cross-project who opened for one of the all-time greats, Front Line Assembly, just last September. Founded by Steve Moore and Kenneth Buck, they released their first album, Music as Weaponry, in 2008. Since then, they’ve picked up Jon Ireson and Colin Everall for both their live sets (unfortunately few and far between) and in-studio recording.
Ranging in sound from synth-pop to EBM to industrial, with moments of plain old rock ‘n’ roll thrown into the mix, this is a band that has a little bit of everything I love. Tripping rhythms. Decadent bass. An achingly hypnotic vocal assault coming at you from both ranges (Moore is a baritone and Buck is tenor). Bitter, dangerous, intelligent lyrics. Their sound is pure black yet playful, and some of it… Well, I’ll get to that.
There are stirrings of new life on the Post Death front after Steve took an extended break from all his projects (skip on back to read In The Years of Hymns and Prophecies for the why). Their new website has been up for a while now, and they are beginning to fill it with many delicious goodies.
Do you want to catch up on what you’ve been missing and download their debut album? Of course you do. Want to hear remixes and live tracks? Well, who wouldn’t? Looking for eerie, sombre covers? Look no more. Head on down to Post Death Soundtrack’s official site, click on the Listen button and have at ‘er.
The most important thing you will find on that site, though, are the original tracks just waiting for their own little album to call home. Some are b-sides and some are for a late 2011/early 2012 release. You may recognize Our Time is Now and Ultraviolence if you were paying attention to the band in late 2010. There is an official video for Ultraviolence, directed by Jeevin Johal. The video itself is a disturbing mix of Mark Romanek and Quentin Tarantino and the song was inspired by Outside-era David Bowie. You can check that out here. “Oh, you can scream if you want to. Dear child, can you hear the sound?” I mentioned the dangerous lyrics, yes?
A song not on that list is Little Alice, which you can listen to while viewing a cut-together of old Alice in Wonderland movies here. It is the single most lusciously evil song I have ever heard in my life. I practically fell out of my chair the first time I heard it and have been longing for an mp3 of it for over a year now. (Insert a huge, melodramatic sigh here.) And let me tell you…live? Decadence and delicious decay. Luckily, the song is in Jon Ireson’s hands getting its finishing touches before becoming official…please, please sometime soon.
The most recent addition to Post Death’s collection of beautiful, deadly songs is You Can’t Go Back. The reason I am writing today.
It opens with tightly layered vocals over an almost barren soundscape, fleshing out with occasional moody guitar and sustained synths. There is a twitch of wrongness at the edge of the sound that speeds up my pulse, fighting against the soft, resigned words of the verses. “You can never go back once you’ve crossed over. You can’t go back; the system is out of order.” The words are chilling and dangerous until the chorus swells into defiance. “We all throw our hands out…serpents lashing out like…serpents lashing out like…serpents lashing out!”
During the last minute it dissolves into a chaos of wailing and echoes and backwards loops, making my skin crawl. Think 1983. The Cure. Pornography. Only more desperate and terrifying, if that is even possible. So you can go on ahead to Post Death Soundtrack’s official site and download it, or you can cheat and click here. Right now. And let yourself dissolve into the song.