ArcTanGenT 2020 have announced more bands for 2020 and if you thought the opening salvo was an A+ start for a festival line up in 2020 – this one goes ‘hold my beer’ and brings even more goodness!
Swans / The Locust (First UK show in over 5 years) / Metz / Maybeshewill (UK exclusive) / Oathbreaker (UK exclusive) / Leprous / Agent Fresco / The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer
Afraid To Die / Car Bomb / Wear Your Wounds / A.A.Williams / Tides From Nebula
/ Jo Quail / The Samuel Jackson Five / PETBRICK / Herod / Teeth Of The Sea /
The Hirsch Effekt / Bent Knee / Astrosaur / tortuganónima / Bolt Ruin / The
Hyena Kill / Mutant-Thoughts / Coldbones / Skemer / Natalie Evans / Odradek /
Heisa / The Mantis Opera / Last Hyena / Rainbow Slicer / Lack The Low / SEIMS /
Elephant Tree / Kokomo / Thumpermonkey / TOTS / Bicurious / God Alone. / Land
Wars / MIËT / Vogons / Straight Girl / Ogives Big Band / qariaq
ATG Festival organiser James Scarlett – “I’m so ridiculously excited about this
announcement that it’s difficult to know where to start! I’m particularly hyped
for Oathbreaker, The Locust and Maybeshewill, all of whom I thought might be
gone for good. And we’ve also got Converge’s Jacob Bannon back at Fernhill Farm
with Wear Your Wounds plus the epic awesomeness of a 90 minute Swans Main Stage
set will be incredible. I cannot wait! Word to the wise, we’re not increasing
our capacity this year so tickets will sell out!”
“It’s been years since The
Locust returned to the UK so we are tickled pink to play ArcTanGent! We’ve
known for a while now that the world is fucked but before our species ends
itself there are still epiphanies and solace to be had whilst the soundtrack to
life on a fucked timeline continues.” – Bobby Bray, The Locust
LEPROUS vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about “Below”: “"Below” was the first song written for the “Pitfalls” album and it was composed in a period of denial of what was to come. It was a very spontaneous song, made first with only piano and vocals. “Below” is a very emotional and melancholic track, and it means a lot to me personally – both musically and lyrically. Large cinematic string arrangements, electronic elements, very acoustic and organic parts – all combined. Very epic but at the same time very fragile!“
LEPROUS return with their sixth and most ambitious studio album to date entitled “Pitfalls”, set for release on October 25th, 2019 worldwide via InsideOutMusic.
LEPROUS vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg comments on the upcoming album: “We’re incredibly proud to announce "Pitfalls”! It’s the album no-one is expecting from Leprous. When you think you know where it’s headed, you’ll realize that you’re wrong. It’s not only by far the biggest production and musical departure we’ve done, but the also most personal and honest. The album has been written through one of my toughest years, where I struggled with depression and anxiety. No filters, no metaphors, just the truth. They say that writing music is therapeutic. but I would say that it’s an understatement. For me “Pitfalls” is the result of 1,5 years of learning how to get through the dark tunnel. The music has been my torch.“
LEPROUS with The Ocean & Port Noir:
01 November Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
02 November Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon
03 November Leiden (The Netherlands) – Gebr. De Nobel
04 November Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
05 November Köln (Germany) – Kantine
06 November Frankfurt (Germany) – Batschkapp
07 November Antwerp (Belgium) – Zappa
08 November London (UK) – ULU
09 November Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
11 November Zurich (Switzerland) – Plaza
12 November Paris (France) – Cabaret Sauvage
13 November Lyon (France) – CCO
14 November Biarritz (France) – Atabal
15 November Madrid (Spain) – Shoko
16 November Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo
18 November Parma (Italy) – Campus Music Industry
19 November Munich (Germany) – Freiheiz
20 November Vienna (Austria) – Szene
21 November Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis
22 November Dresden (Germany) – Beatpol
23 November Wroclaw (Poland) – Pralnia
24 November Hamburg (Germany) – Uebel & Gefahrlich
25 November Copenhagen (Denmark) – Lille Vega
26 November Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pustervik
27 November Stockholm (Sweden) – Fryshuset Klubben
Progressive metal band HAKEN are pleased to reveal that they have completed the recording of their fifth studio album, due out later this year: “That’s right! We can now also announce that our fifth album is now in the can! We always set out to do something a bit different with each album, but this one has surpassed what we had hoped to achieve. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood on the production and mix and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We can’t wait for everybody to hear it!” Look out for more details on the forthcoming album soon.
They are also pleased to announce a North American co-headline tour with LEPROUS in October / November 2018, with InsideOut label-mates BENT KNEE as special guests.
The full list of dates can be found below, tickets go on sale this Friday 13th July.
Haken & Leprous with Bent Knee:
30th October – The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI
31st October – Opera House, Toronto, ON
1st November – Astral, Montreal, QC
2nd November – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3rd November – Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
4th November – The Sinclair, Boston, MA
6th November – Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
7th November – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
8th November – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL
9th November – Revolution, Fort Lauderdale, FL
10th November – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
11th November – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
13th November – Gas Monkey, Dallas, TX
14th November – Barracuda, Austin, TX
16th November – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
17th November – Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
18th November – August Hall, San Francisco, CA
19th November – Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
20th November – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
21st November – Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC
23rd November – Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
At this year’s edition of the prestigious Damnation festival we caught up with Leprous vocalist Einar Solberg as he explains how ‘The Last Milestone’ came to be on Malina, Leprous stepping outside of their comfort zone on their current tour and more!
So you guys are on tour at the moment – how’s it been going so far?
It’s been for us a massive success actually, there’s been many sold out shows in really packed venues and our production seems to be working fine and it’s taking us ages to prepare and plan because it’s pretty ambitious way of doing the tour because we’re doing a setlist every night but at the same time all the lights and visuals are programmed together so as you can imagine three, four songs in rotation and then having everything programmed and planned in advance, that takes a lot of really tough preparation to for the tour but it’s very rewarding once we’ve started!
I take it’s going to be very Malina heavy then…
Some shows it is, today we’re going more for the ‘hit parade’ kind of thing! [laughs] I’m kidding but we have a shorter set than normal so we’re compressing it a bit and slightly less dynamics than usual because if you want to play with dynamics you need some time in my opinion, it doesn’t just work up, down, up, down.
That’s the tricky thing I find, with some crowds they might get a bit restless if you do too many ‘slow’ songs,
It can be but also we want to keep the mellow songs intense in their own way but it needs to be put at the very right place and build in the right way so with thirty-three different setlists it’s not always going to be perfect of course but it puts us on the edge all the time so we’re always very focused.
Compared to earlier it’s been much more routine, doing our thing, the same thing every night gets kind of boring when you’ve done half the tour – you’re just like ‘OK, this one then that one again’ every night on stage so we wanted to step out of the comfort zone, it’s been really good and we’ve learned a lot from doing it and it’s really nice to go on stage again feeling nervous which is not something we usually feel because it’s well prepared and everything but now it’s just ‘ah ok, today’s setlist is really risky’, when we did the first shows we were like ‘Damnit, how are we going to do this?!’
You have to find the groove.
Yeah, what I would say is that way of working is the highs get higher and the lows get lower but you get a much more interesting tour in the end.
In the case of building up – to give a recent example – the final track on Malina [The Last Milestone]: the orchestral arrangement on it I loved! How did that come together?
It wasn’t planned to have it on the record, I just wrote a piece not knowing exactly what to do with it. It’s a very personal piece for me from a tragedy earlier on in life that I wanted to write about for a long time but it’s hard to deliver yourself completely through music and the first thought was ‘definitely not going on the album’ but then the other guys felt the album was stronger with than without it even though they didn’t really play on it, it was just something I composed and Raphael recorded but then again we’re happy we included it, it makes the album more colourful in a way and sometimes it’s a good thing to dare to deliver your heart on a plate.
It’s not been done live then?
We have done it at several shows on this tour, it’s very tough for me to do it emotionally and it needs to be the right atmosphere, we’ve done it on three shows and I thought it worked for two out of the three because one was on a Saturday night in Copenhagen, people blabbering…
Not paying attention…
Some were. It’s a risky song so that’s why we don’t do it often.
You have to be able to feel the catharsis afterwards because of how personal it is.
Yeah, it was very important for me to do it especially now we’ve brought Raphael with us on tour and he’s the most insane musician I’ve ever played with, he’s really brilliant.
How’s it been touring with the Agent Fresco fellas?
Fantastic, I can’t think of another band I would have special guesting and the social match is also fantastic, everybody’s really enjoying it, we want to do it again!
We’re still in the beginning, we have almost one full month left until the end of November.
Followed by some time off…
I always do but then I get restless after a couple of days! [laughs] Let’s get on a new project! I’m definitely planning a trip to a cabin with my wife in the forest – it’s a very typical Norwegian thing to do. Almost every family has a cabin in the woods, it’s very common, you can just relax.
It’s just nice to escape for a while isn’t it.
Exactly and I love it!
Aside from the changing set list what kind of visuals can people expect?
We have four screens so it’s all synchronised with the music and lights so we managed to our full production and we have Raphael, I’ve never met a guy that musical in my life before, he’s fantastic, so much emotion and insanely good. He can play every classical piece and every metal song you ask him to, he knows how to play it by ear and he plays for the majority of our set, even songs that he doesn’t play on the album, he’s even faster than the guitars with his bow!
Since we’re getting closer to the end of 2017 what records have stood out for you?
The problem is that I’m so occupied with projects often that at the end of the day when I get home and wonder what to do I’m definitely not going to listen to music. What I’ve listened from the new Chelsea Wolfe sounds really good, I like the latest Radiohead album [A Moon Shaped Pool].
What about movies?
I’m less picky about movies than music! [laughs] Some I’ll watch because I want to feel something, other movies I watch for entertainment, I can enjoy Marvel but also something really deep, there’s so much happening this year I forget what I saw!
Are there plans for 2018 or are they still not set in stone?
There’s a lot of touring plans that haven’t been announced yet. It’s going to be one of our busiest years I think.