01. Take Your Picture With Me While You Still Can
02. Heavy As A Brick
03. Keep On Dancing
04. Sign My Name Like QUEEN
05. Club Music
06. Cheque Room
07. Lovers In All Things
08. Kiss Me, Honey

Release: 13.11.2015 (CD, Europe), 08.01.2016 (LP, Europe)

We Are The City - Above Club

Mit Beständigkeit aufregend, dabei aber ausgesprochen unvorhersehbar: mit ihrem bisherigen Œuvre haben sich We Are The City Schritt für Schritt einen hervorragenden Ruf zugelegt. Ihr letztes Album "Violent" wird zudem von Sinnbus in Europa, von Tooth & Nail in den USA und in Kanada von Boompa Records veröffentlicht und erhält international große Anerkennung; ebenso wie der gleichnamige von der Band produzierte Spielfilm.

"Violent", der Film, ist in Zusammenarbeit mit Freund_innen und Familie bei Amazing Factory Productions entstanden und beinhaltet einen Soundtrack von We Are The City. Der Film wird auf renommierten Filmfestivals auf der ganzen Welt gezeigt und gewinnt Preise wie den Sonderpreis der Jury beim Le Festival International du Premier Film in Annonay, Frankreich, und Best Canadian Film beim Vancouver International Film Festival, Kanada. "Violent" ist außerdem auf der Shortlist für den Kanadischen Beitrag zum besten fremdsprachigen Film bei den Academy Awards 2015 sowie auf der Shortlist für die Woche der Kritik beim Cannes Film Festival.

Nun - mit dem dritten Album - verfolgen We Are The City einen ebenso impulsiven wie experimentellen Ansatz. Sie geben Fans und Kritiker_innen einen beispiellosen Zugang zum Entstehungsprozess, indem sie Einsicht in den kreativen Prozess hinter "Above Club" haben. Über einen 24/7 Live-Videostream überträgt die Band die Zeit im Studio. Cayne McKenzie, Andrew Huculiak und David Menzel verschanzen sich für einige Wochen in einem Studio über einem Club an einem geheim gehaltenen Ort. Manchmal ist die Übertragung ein offenherziger Blick in Leben, Beziehungen und die anstrengenden wie auch überwältigenden Stunden, die es braucht, um ein Album aufzunehmen. Manchmal zeig der Livestream absurde, schwer zu glaubende Szenen, die eher an Performance-Kunst als an Realität glauben lassen und die Legitimität der Übertragung in Frage stellen.

Mit ihrer immer progressiven, grenzüberschreitenden Musik navigieren We Are The City ihre Laufbahn in eine Kehrtwende und übertreffen mit ihrer unkonventionellen Art alles, was sie selbst bisher kreiert haben. "Above Club" liefert genau das mit seiner eigenen modernen Version intelligenter Popmusik. Was zuerst lärmend, laut und intensiv wirkt, strahlt im Inneren eine Schönheit aus, die über allem steht. Aufgenommen über einem Club, gemischt von Ryan Dahl (Limblifter, Mounties) und Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties), kreiert "Above Club" ein Genre für sich selbst. Und wenn du bis hierhin mitgemacht hast, willst du nicht sehen was danach passiert?

English:

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, We Are The City has steadily gained the reputation of being Canada's consistently exciting, yet markedly unpredictable, cult-bands. Their previous full length, and sophomore album Violent was released in Europe by Sinnbus, in America by Tooth & Nail Records, and in Canada by Boompa Records. In light of all of this, Violent (both the album and the film), went on to achieve international success.

"This is a remarkably assured effort," noted the Georgia Straight. "(We Are The City) has always balanced pop songcraft and unabashed prog-rock leanings. It's clear right off the top that, in making Violent, We Are the City's intention was to push itself as far as possible in both directions at once."

"Violent is almost a defiant request to step inside McKenzie's head, and by the time you emerge from underwater after the catharsis of Baptism and the solitary Punch My Face, you've encountered a band that dares go where many will not," reviewed Canada's music monthly, Exclaim.

"Violent is tinged with swirling psych, pristine chart-worthy hooks and dreamy atmospherics, and their Bowie and Mew inspirations can be easily gleaned," raved UK's The Line Of Best Fit.

"The music is thoughtful and considered, while each lyric and image feels loaded with meaning," said London In Stereo.

Violent, the film was made in conjunction with family and friends at Amazing Factory Productions and featured an original score by We Are The City. The movie screened at a number of prestigious film festivals all over the world and picked up over a dozen awards internationally including; The Prix Spécial du Jury (Special Prize of the Jury) at Le Festival International du Premier Film in Annonay, France and was awarded Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Violent was on the short list as Canada's foreign language film submission to the 2015 Academy Awards as well as making the short list for critic's week at Cannes Film Festival.

We Are The City took an impulsive and experimental approach to their third full-length album, Above Club, set for release on November 13th. From an undisclosed location above a club, the band live streamed the entirety of the writing and recording process of their new album on an embedded video player on their website. The stream aired 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and gave a window into the creation of their music, even allowing the viewer to listen in on conversations yet at other times was a baffling piece of visual art that filled with analog distortion, low-tech interference, and absurd, hard-to-believe sequences that question the legitimacy of the entire broadcast.

With their always progressive, boundary-pushing music, We Are The City are navigating their career in an about face, non-traditional manner and embarking on an idea with the intent to outdo all that the band has previously created. Above Club delivers exactly that with its own modern version of cleverly written pop. First it seems to be noisy, loud and intense but inside it shines of beauty that is above anything else. Recorded above a club, mixed by Ryan Dahl (Limblifter, Mounties) and Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties) it creates a new genre that is a bit above everything. And, if we've had you along for the ride this far, don't you want to see what happens next?




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COVERPICTURE:

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BANDPICTURES:

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DATES:

22.11.2017 - DE - Berlin - Rollberg - "Violent" Screening

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