VOD61: Andrew Liles "Miscellany Deluxe 3-lp-Box with T-Shirt

Much of the music included in this set is exclusive to this vinyl version of ‘Miscellany’. Andrew Liles has compiled a comprehensive anthology including as much varied, interesting and unreleased material as possible. He spent many an afternoon sifting through piles of cassettes seeking the oldest and arguably most definitive pieces of music from literally hundreds of hours of tape.
The earliest recordings on these discs date back to 1984. ‘Find a New Husband’ was made on Liles' fathers very cheap Amstrad tape-to-tape system. The tape machine ceased to work properly shortly thereafter. This track was the result or many hours of rewinding and re-playing and re-recording, and thus began Liles fascination, obsession and addiction with tape-manipulation, sound FX and recording techniques.
Listening back to some of these works reminds us of the archaic and laborious fashion in which music used to be created and assembled. In hindsight the merits of working with tape compared to digital technologies seem to be the random nature of what would happen. Tape bleed, mishaps, the low-fi quality and errors seemed to give unique and often unpredictable results. Many of Andrew Liles' early experimentations and accidental consequences are included in this collection.
Also included are selections from his two self-released cassettes under the name Lividity. The Lividity tapes were given away to friends and sent as demos to assorted labels. Some 20 years later it is very doubtful that any of them exist other the two remaining copies Andrew Liles has kept tucked away in some forgotten corner.
(first 300 copies reserved as 3-Lp- Box / T-Shirt for the VOD-Clubmembers)

VOD61: Andrew Liles "Miscellany Deluxe Lp-2

Much of the music included in this set is exclusive to this vinyl version of ‘Miscellany’. Andrew Liles has compiled a comprehensive anthology including as much varied, interesting and unreleased material as possible. He spent many an afternoon sifting through piles of cassettes seeking the oldest and arguably most definitive pieces of music from literally hundreds of hours of tape.
The earliest recordings on these discs date back to 1984. ‘Find a New Husband’ was made on Liles' fathers very cheap Amstrad tape-to-tape system. The tape machine ceased to work properly shortly thereafter. This track was the result or many hours of rewinding and re-playing and re-recording, and thus began Liles fascination, obsession and addiction with tape-manipulation, sound FX and recording techniques.
Listening back to some of these works reminds us of the archaic and laborious fashion in which music used to be created and assembled. In hindsight the merits of working with tape compared to digital technologies seem to be the random nature of what would happen. Tape bleed, mishaps, the low-fi quality and errors seemed to give unique and often unpredictable results. Many of Andrew Liles' early experimentations and accidental consequences are included in this collection.
Also included are selections from his two self-released cassettes under the name Lividity. The Lividity tapes were given away to friends and sent as demos to assorted labels. Some 20 years later it is very doubtful that any of them exist other the two remaining copies Andrew Liles has kept tucked away in some forgotten corner.
(first 300 copies reserved as 3-Lp- Box / T-Shirt for the VOD-Clubmembers)

VOD62: V/A M-Squared 5-Lp-Label Retrospective

This boxed vinyl set is a treasure trove of rare and out of print noise from the vaults of the legendary early 80’s  M.Squared label in Sydney Australia.                                

M-Squared has been probably the best-known independent-label in the late 70’s/early 80’s also famous for their incredible rare and sought after Vinyl-Releases of Makers of Ded Travel Fast, Systematics, Scattered Order or SPK.    

The heavy Box features previously unreleased tracks from Scattered Order, The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, Systematics and Height Dismay and out of print tracks and forgotten gems appearing on vinyl for the first time from Prod, Patrick Gibson, Shane Fahey, A Cloakroom Assembly, East End Butchers, Pleasant Peasants, A Volatile T-Shirt  ....
all gloriously re-mastered for the 21st Century and your aural excitement.”   
The Box is contains a wide range of sounds, from experimental and avantgarde, from wave to minimal-synth. If you call yourself an adventurous explorer in sound and music and if you are open-minded from both sides, either minimal or experimental, then you can’t miss this one.                                                               

For Sound-Samples go to the MUSICBOX on the VOD-MainPageFor Sound-Samples go to the MUSICBOX on the VOD-MainPage

Message from John Blades of Anonradio.net

Hi Everyone,
The Last Two editions of Background Noise have been features part one and two on the really unique groundbreaking independent label and studio in Sydney from 1979 to 1983 in the very vibrant Sydney post punk years. The programs feature in part one the label founders Mitch Jones And Michael Tee cofounders of the label flagship scattered order. And Michael's solo project A Cloakroom Assembly. As Well as two other label luminaries in part two , Patrick Gibson who was the founder, songwriter and vocalist with the legendary Avant pop three-piece band called The Systematics. Patrick was also a member of numerous Sydney post punk bands and Shane Fahey founding member, vocalist, synthesiser player and keyboardist would be equally legendary Makers Of the Dead Travel Fast. A wonderful tribute to the label has been released in the form of a beautiful box set on five records on the German label Vinyl on Demand featuring all unreleased and previously very limited released on cassette only recordings as well as archival photographs in a comprehensive booklet. The program guests will lead us through their selections from the box called ' Pardon Me For Barging in Like This'.
 
You can listen to the programs which are each 1 1/4 hours at www.anonradio.net . The programs are the first two.
 
A really special music night is coming up on Sunday, July 26 featuring re-formed original Scattered Order and reformed Makers of the Dead Travel Fast.As Well As a variety of other challenging live music and visuals. The details:
The CAD Factory: 5 Handley St, Marrickville, Sydney
.00 at the door, Sunday, July 26 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..BYO

Please Forward This E-Mail to your friends and contacts and spread the word about the label, the release and the performance night by whatever means you have at your disposal -- radio, print media, e-mail lists or websites and word of mouth.For Those of Us who lived through The M Squared years the night will be like rewinding 30 years and everyone else a chance to experience this most adventurous and historically important music.
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VOD63: Polyphonic SIze "30 years after - when the size was Polyphonic" 4-Lp-Box

SMASHING COMPLETE 1979 - 1982 POLYPHONIC SIZE REEDITION IN A 4 VINYL LP BOXSET + UNRELEASED TRACKS + DEMOS + OUTTAKES ! FEATURING : ALL SINGLES, MAXI SINGLES, 1ST LP PRODUCED BY JJ BURNEL (Live For Each Moment), B-SIDES AND RARE TRACKS, PLUS SUPERB UNRELEASED MATERIAL (in excellent sound quality), CAREFULLY SELECTED AND REMASTERED FROM ROGER-MARC VANDE VOORDE'S ARCHIVES. Including unreleased songs (Me Or You, Citizen Of Science, Asakusa Dub, Her Toys Dub), unreleased electronic instrumental tracks (Electronic 14-7, Electronic 65-4, Electronic 69-7, Electronic 15-5, ...), fantastic rehearsings with Bernard Dradin on vocals (Space Rejection, Girlscout, Saison), alternate versions and demos. 10" bonus includes extended instrumental tracks taken from Live For Each Moment sessions, plus Saison (from Algorhythmic EP sessions).
LP 1 : ALGORHYTHMIC EP / PRAGMATIC SONGS / Nagasaki Mon Amour / Mother's Little Helper / B9 Side A (24:22) :ALGORHYTHMIC EP : Saison / Space Rejection / Mode / Plage Privée.PRAGMATIC SONGS : Logique Polygonale / Ommatidia / Party / Travelling Things. Side B (23:20) :Nagasaki Mon Amour / Hiroshima 1945 / Kyoto (version) / RDA-RFA / Kyoto.
LP 2 : LIVE FOR EACH MOMENT / VIVRE POUR CHAQUE INSTANT
Side A (19:16)Zas / Rendez-vous / Winston & Julia / King Of Hong Kong / NBC Gmbh. Side B (19:15) Action Man / Night Is Coming On / Le Temps Du Swing / Je T'ai Toujours Aimée.
LP 3 : P.S. / Winston & Julia 12“ / OUTTAKES / DEMOS / UNRELEASED / INSTRUMENTALS Side A (22:38) : Mother's Little Helper / Girlscout / Men & Construction / On The Way To Medora / Saison / Winston & Julia (Remix) / Parties Dance. Side B : OUTTAKES / DEMOS / UNRELEASED / INSTRUMENTALS (31:10) :ZAS 1 / Mode (instrumental version) / Medora / Saison (rehearsing, vocals : Bernard Dradin) / Rendez-Vous (rehearsing, vocals : France) / Electronic 14-7 / Me Or You / Citizen Of Science / Electronic 65-4.
LP 4 : OUTTAKES / DEMOS / UNRELEASED / INSTRUMENTALS Side A (33:10) :Saison (vocals : France) / Electronic 69-7 / Asakusa Dub / Electronic 15-5 / Her Toys dub / Girlscout (rehearsing, vocals : Bernard Dradin) / Space Rejection / Space Rejection (rehearsing, vocals : Bernard Dradin) / ZAS 3 (demo). Side B (33:00) : ZAS 4 (studio rehearsal) / PS intro / Kyoto / Nagasaki (instrumental) / Nagasaki (rehearsing) / Night is Coming On (demo) / Electronic 65-6 / RDA-RFA 2 (rehearsing) / Electronic 14-12 / Mother's Little Helper (different version).
10“ BONUS : INSTRUMENTAL TRACKS (26:19) Saison / Rendez-Vous / RDA-RFA / Night is Coming On / Le Temps du Swing / King Of Hong Kong.

VOD64: Norma Loy "Message from the Dead" Lp-2 with DVD

Superb Compilation of french Cold-Wave/Gothlegend Norma Loy starting with their very first recorded track from 81 to unreleased demos/rehearsals/live to unreleased treasures In 1981 Usher and Chelsea formed NORMA LOY. The band launched it’s first EP the first one of it’s Cold-Wave-kind in France. NORMA LOY searched for their identity and multiplyed there experiences on the side, leading to the creation in 1984 of their own label, CPM, which produced a second EP distributed by New Rose: "PSYCHIC ALTERCATION" whose "pscychoanalytic rock" gave the setting for later productions. CPM developed its own philosophy and centralised the different activities of the group (musical and non musical ones: (photo)graphic ones, literature, video making, dance etc... and controls the entire artistic production (recordings, LP covers, song books...). A particular emphasis was drawn on the concerts mixing music and slide projections. Over the past 25 years many excellent records have been released such as  REWIND/T.VISION" (86), SACRIFICE (88) and the last part of the Trilogy called “REBEARTH”
Lp A Side 1.) Frustration 3,51 2.) Welcome to CPM 6,47 3.) XMas 2,18 4.) Crazy (first recording ever) 3,12 5.) Skandinavian Erotica Rehearsal 3,18 6.) Memories Rehearsal 4,06
Lp B-Side 10.) Glance for your eyes Live April30,1983 3,27 11.) Mental Outtake 1984 (=church and voice) 3,31 12.) Belinda’s dead friends Outake 88) 4,10 13.Power of Spirit (Demo 87) 3,46 14.) Dead in the Bed (Demo 87) 4,30 15.) Shiny (Venus in Furs) 4,32
Lp-C-Side: 1.) FOREVER GONE (1999) 2,34 2.) Chinese Puzzle 3,27 3.) fly away song (demo) 3,28 4.) memory train (rehearsal) 1,42  5.) Obsession 3,19 6.) The Cellar (unreleased 90) 3,00 7.) The Murder (Unreleased 90) 2,42 8.) TV Domination unreleased Demo 88 5,00 9.) Love Song 4,16 10.) L’age D’or rehearsal 2,50
 DVD: Video Live at Atheneum 87 1. Immaculate 2. 1964 Shadows 3. Hell Night 4. Romance 5. T-Vision 6. Bitchy Boy 7. TV Friends 8. Died In The Bedroom 9. We Shall Win 10. Disconnected 11. Heaven12. Death To The LW

VOD65.1: vidnaObmana “1984-86 testament of tape“ Lp 14,99 € lmtd.111

1984-1986 Testament Of Tape captures vidnaObmana in its most experimental phase during the obscure tape period, searching for its own musical voice,
Dirk Serries (well-known sound-artist, especially known for his Fear Falls Burning-Releases) is moving on this Box-Set through various styles. From utterly relentless noise music to rhythmical industrial outbursts. This 3LP set features unreleased and extremely rare tracks from a personal friend's private collection (music that was recorded exclusively for him) to songs from early cassettes releases.
While Lp Number 1 combines very beat-orientated-material in best manner of early Blackhouse or even Esplendor Geometrico. Lp2 and 3 presents the fundament and roots for his later works (Lp1 lmtd.123 copies, 3LP-Box lmtd. to 477 (300 members, 177 for wholesale/distribution)

VOD65: vidnaObmana “1984-86 testament of tape“ Lp-3 Box


1984-1986 Testament Of Tape captures vidnaObmana in its most experimental phase during the obscure tape period, searching for its own musical voice,
Dirk Serries (well-known sound-artist, especially known for his Fear Falls Burning-Releases) is moving on this Box-Set through various styles. From utterly relentless noise music to rhythmical industrial outbursts. This 3LP set features unreleased and extremely rare tracks from a personal friend's private collection (music that was recorded exclusively for him) to songs from early cassettes releases.
While Lp Number 1 combines very beat-orientated-material in best manner of early Blackhouse or even Esplendor Geometrico. Lp2 and 3 presents the fundament and roots for his later works (Lp1 lmtd.123 copies, 3LP-Box lmtd. to 477 (300 members, 177 for wholesale/distribution)

VOD66: Nurse With Wound “Flawed Existence” 4Lp-Box / 10” / SoundChip / T-Shirt 99,99 €

Almost 5 hours of sheer insanity by the ingenious music-alchemist  Steven Stapleton and his project Nurse With Wound which has been active now for 30 years.
Box contains early Nurse With Wound-Material produced from 1982-85!
Two hours of their official tape-releases Scrag, Nylon Coverin and Mi Mort, more than one hour of compilation-tracks only released on tape-compilations and not available as Vinyl and more than one hour of their first 2 live performances in 1984 plus a 37 minute 10“ with unreleased material from 1983 plus a one exclusive NWW Track on a Soundchip/Greetingcard. All in incredible packaging with T-Shirt.
Members will furthermore recieve their edition with a 3-Track Bonus 5“ Vinyl, all housed in a silkscreened velour cushion/pillow-case.

VOD67 Crash Course In Science “s/t” 3-Lp Box w.7” 59,99 € / 69.99 with T-Shirt

Crash Course in Science - The Box Set
      Legendary Minimal-Synth/Wave-Band from Philadelphia formed in 1979. Choosing toy instruments and live drums out of necessity, CCIS began by experimenting with a series of recording devices. The toy instruments gave way to crude drum machines and “Frankenstein“-type homemade instruments. Their first 7“ (also included with bonus tracks in this set) introduced listeners to a noisy, unpredictable world. This 7” went on to become a classic minimal-synth record that should be included in any vinyl-collection. In 1981 they took a new direction with a darker, more sinister sound. The result was the 12“ “Signals from Pier Thirteen” (also included in this set are 8 unreleased demo tracks from this period). The songs “Cardboard Lamb” and “Flying Turns” gained exposure through club play during the 80’s and still sound fresh and up-to-date. Two live performance recordings from 1980 and 1981 are also part of this Box-Set, including CCIS opening for the Philip Glass ensemble in Philadelphia. The third LP
"Near Marineland” contains completed mixes of previously unreleased studio material (along with some remixes of this material) arranged and produced by John Wicks, CCIS’s original producer.
     After listening to this Box-Set you will be convinced and have no doubts about CCIS being the godfather of 90’s Techno-Music and their ultimate protagonist-role. They remain an inspiration pool for many Elektro bands/artists today.

VOD68: Giancarlo Toniutti: “The Early Tapes Period 3-Lp/10” 54,99 €

Box-Set of Giancarlo Toniutti’s 3 early works “Wechselwirkung", Metánárkôsis, Das Todesantlitz which have all been published by Toniutti on cassette tapes in 1982-83 in a very limited numbered edition.
The Box also includes a 10" vinyl EP with previously unreleased tracks from that same very early period (1981-84).
This work represents his early musical-work as solo composer. 1982-83 was the period, and experiments with early electronics, found objects, rough percussion and noise were the attitudes that coalesce into his first 3 cassette works found on this box. This past time becomes part of the future when historically contextualized.
Early electronics, acoustic objects and the beginning of a form of structuralism was the melange of that young mind. It will come with a booklet incl. an essay about the history of the period, notes and data.

VOD69: Konstruktivists “the flowmotion years 1980-1982” Lp-2 21,99 €

Dark-Ambient / Ritual-Project Konstruktivists was formed by mastermind Glenn Michael Wallis in 1981/82 out of the ashes of Heute. Around this time - in the late 70's/early 80's Glenn Michael Wallis was heavily involved with Throbbing Gristle, the U.K. pioneers of "Industrial". Between 1980 and 1982 Glenn/Konstruktivists has recorded several tracks of which one solo-tape and several Konstruktivists-Tapes found release in extremely rare and limited edition on the legendary Tape-Label Flowmotion. Almost 2 hours of those early works are compiled on this double-Lp including his full solo-work (also released as Konstruktivists Vol.1) as well as Tracks from Vol.2 and other tracks released between 1980 and 1982

VOD70: SMEGMA " I Am Not Artist" 1973-1988. 6LP/DVD 89,99 €

This astonishing 6LP/DVD Box-Set compiles most of Smegma's long out or print and impossible to find Vinyl-releases and contributions on labels such as their own legendary PIGFACE-Records, LAFMS, TRAP, DOM and SELEKTON.
The box incl. their first three 7" inches "Disco Diarrhea", "Flashcards", "Pigface Chant", their Lp's like "Pigs for Leper" or "Glamour Girl 1941" as well as a 2Lp-sided extract of the Live 73-82 Double Tape „Spontaneaous Sound, all in one place. Smegma started collectively by Ju Suk Reet Meate, Cheese it Ritz, Chucko Fats, Dennis Duck, Amazon Bambi and Cheesebro and found many other Avantgarde/Freejazz/Improv-musicians to participate in the next 3 1/2 decades to come. This Box is taking you on a journey with the least likely Folk-Primitive-Avant-Gard band in Pasadena, California, through Portland Oregon's Punk Rock revitalization and first melt down, to become the serious force in weird music that continues today. Box is accompanied with a DVD-Version of the original Video "10 years wasted" released in 1983 which is a great document of Smegma's first 10 years of existence & work
Box is accompanied with a DVD version of the original amazing Video "Smegma the first 10 years“ by Mike Lastra released in 1983 plus 2 Bonustracks of performances from 1978 & 80

VOD 71: Die Form "Chronology" (The Bain Total Years 77-85) 6Lp/7" 89,99 €

This 6Lp/7" Box Compilation is an outstanding audio-selection of Tape-Releases by Die Form and its Side-Projects ("Eva-Johanna Reichstag", „Fine Automatic“, "Krylon Hertz", "Camera Obscura", "DF Sadist School", "Mental Code" and "Hurt"), all released between 1977-1985 on the french Minimal/Synth/EBM-Label "Bain Total" which has run by mastermind Philippe Fichot of Die Form.
This careful selection has been made by Philippe Fichot and VOD with focus on audio-material which has only been released on those super-rare and highly collectable tapes (BTK01-BTK29). All the tracks and visual archives have been mastered from the originals. This is for sure an archival masterpiece and a Must-Have for all serious and passionate collectors and listeners of early 80's minimal Synth and Wave/EBM. (Members will furthermore recieve their release in an artificial leather bag)

VOD 72: O Yuki Conjugate „Ambiguism“ (1983-87) 4LP/7“/DVD“/Poster 64,99 €

UK ambient group O Yuki Conjugate were formed in 1982 by Tim Horberry, Roger Horberry, Clare Elliott and Andrew Hulme. Between 1983 and 1987 they released two vinyl albums – “Scene in Mirage” on A-Mission Records and “Into Dark Water” on their own Final Image Label – as well as recording numerous soundtracks, experimental projects and solo works.
This retrospective documents those years. It tells the definitive story of how OYC’s sound emerged and developed. The result includes a reissue of their first two albums with bonus tracks, two additional full length LPs of unreleased material, a 7” single of their first ever recordings, a DVD featuring excepts from their “Scenes in Mirage” and “Peripheral Vision” videos, as well as large-format poster and detailed listening notes that give a unprecedented insight into the world of OYC. This package includes over 50 OYC tracks, around half of which have never been released in any form, making it an essential for the OYC completist.

VinylOverDose01: Atlantis "Carpe Omnium § San Diablo" Lp-2

Imagine the most intensed and emotional movie you have seen and put the music of Atlantis on top. You will be lost in landscapes of sounds, lost in your emotions and feelings.
ATLANTIS set its artistic fundament in 2006 by dutch mastermind and band-leader Gilson Heitinga with movie-Soundtracks and -Collages. He used heavy breath-taking guitars in his epic emotional compositions.
While the critically aclaimed masterpiece "Carpe Omnium" (released as CD in 2008 on Field-Recordings) still has its focus on epic soundscapes and soundwalls incl. the usage of electronics the 4-Track-follow-up to Carpe Omnium, "San Diablo"  is more "rock orientated" and heavier but still combining  heavy guitars with dirty electronics, still with moments of serenity and athomsphere. Both works are now released as limited 500 heavy deluxe gatefold Double-Lp with wonderful artwork designed by Lorenzo Cercelletta. More Info and music can be listened to at www.myspace.com/atlantissound and the VOD-Musicbox.

VinylOverDose02: Ira “Visions of a landscape” Lp-2 lmtd.500 19,99 €

Nennen wir es einfach: Rock. Nicht Post-Rock. Nichts, was in irgendeiner Weise ironisch gebrochen wäre oder sonstwie um die Ecke gedacht. Ira knüpfen an eine Zeit an, als Rock noch eine ernste Angelegenheit war, mit tiefen und existenziellen Gefühlen verbunden. Es geht schlicht um Erhabenheit. Diese Band will überwältigen. Ihre langen, epischen Stücke zwingen den Zuhörer, sich wie in einem Strudel zu verlieren, sich mitreißen zu lassen, hin- und hergerissen zwischen Furcht vor dem Kontrollverlust und dem angenehmen Gefühl, den Boden unter den Füßen zu verlieren.  Doch Ira sind keine virtuosen Selbstdarsteller. Sie ahmen nicht das aufgeblasene Rock-Spektakel der frühen Siebziger nach. Ihr Spiel mit Effekten und Emotionen ist genau kalkuliert, der Breitleinwand-Sound gerinnt nie in Pathos. Nicht Griffbrett-Akrobatik, sondern atmosphärische Dichte zeichnet die Nummern aus, deren große Kunst darin besteht, nie vollgepackt zu sein, sondern so luftig angelegt, dass Raum für freie Assoziationen bleibt. Ira gelingt das Kunststück,  den ausufernden Post-Rock-Sound von Bands wie Mogwai in klassische Rocksongs rückzubinden. Doch es ist nicht mehr der fordernde, geradlinige Rock, der zur geballten Faust anregt – diese langen, lodernden Stücke sind durchsetzt von Melancholie, Zweifel, Brüchigkeit. Und doch gibt es in den Songs, die von Kommunikationslosigkeit und Ohnmacht handeln, auch Referenzen an große Momente der Rockgeschichte. Wer fühlt sich bei Zeilen wie »Is there anyone left laughing? Is there anyone left?« (»Empire in your bag«) nicht an »The Wall« von Pink Floyd erinnert, das vielleicht berühmteste Pubertäts-Album aller Zeiten? Nein, diese Tradition ist weder peinlich noch unzeitgemäß, im Gegenteil: Ira formulieren die Angst, die uns alle umtreibt, und sie tragen bewusst dick auf, damit etwas davon haften bleibt. (Review von Martin Büsser)

www.myspace.com/irarock and the VOD-Musicbox.

Lets just call it: rock. Not post-rock. Nothing that’s somehow ironically twisted or distorted by overthinking. Ira tie into a time when rock used to be serious and connected to deep existencial feelings. Its simply a matter of dignity. This band intends to overwhelm. Their long and epic tracks force the listener to lose himself, to get carried along, torn between the fear of losing control and the pleasant feeling of losing ground. But Ira aren´t virtuous posers. They don´t imitate the pompous rock-spectacle of the early seventies. Their use of effects and emotions is precisely calculated, their wall of sound never coagulates in pathos. The songs are distinguished by atmospheric density instead of  fingerboard acrobatics. The great thing about their songs is that they are not overloaded; instead the arrangements leave space for unlimited associations. Ira succeed in uniting the mogwaiesque floating post-rock-sound with classic rock songs. But it´s not the straight-forward, demanding kind of rock anymore that makes you clench your fist – these epic and blazing tracks are riddled with melancholy, doubt, fragility. And yet, in their songs dealing with lack of communication and unconsciousness (isolation and helplessness), you can also find references to some great moments of rock history. Who doesn’t suddenly recall Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” – probably the all-time most popular album listened to in puberty  -  when listening to the lyrics »Is there anyone left laughing? Is there anyone left?« (»Empire in your bag«)?
No, this tradition is neither embarrassing nor behind the times. Far from it: Ira express the anxiety in us all and they consciously pile it on, so that it sticks.
In 2007 the band earned a huge applause from the audience in a film-theater, after they performed a kind of live-soundtrack for the film »Powaqqatsi« by Godfrey Reggio. Since then it was certain that the epic music of Ira is not just great cinema. It almost calls for a visualization. Therefore Ira are currently working out a live-concept involving the experimental avantgarde films by Walther Ruttmann.
The roots of the band from Konstanz, formed in 2003, can be found in Hardcore and Punk. Their debut-album »The Body And The Soil« (2005) was released on the »Go Kart«-label from New York. On »Visions Of A Landscape« Ira finally found their own unique style and got rid of their hardcore-background. With the helping hands of Producer Tobias Levin (Tocotronic, Jeans Team etc.) and Chris von Rautenkrantz (Blumfeld), two main protagonists of the german musicscene, the band got their unique voluminous sound. In a very intense collaboration with Tobias Levin, Toby Hoffmann found his specific particular vocal-style – passionate, disturbing but not exalted. As a musician, the award-winning writer, Spoken-Word-Artist and Poetry Slammer is also capable of Combining complex lyrics with an adequate sound: at the gateway of dream and reality, poetry and anger Hoffmann succeeds in connecting the big Rock-gesture with the laconical disillusionment of Post-Punk. Black Sabbath meets Ian Curtis – worlds implode.