Dark Spring Festival 2020

The Festival for Post Punk, Gothrock, Waverock, Shoegaze..etc.

Line-Up

  • Funhouse (SWE)
  • Holygram (GER)
  • Golden Apes (GER)
  • Two Witches (FIN)
  • Brandenburg (RUS)
  • Dear Deer (FR)

Aftershow by DJane MadLyn & Nina Door

Date

Saturday, 21. March 2020 from 18:00 to 23:59

Tickets

Only 30,- EUR

https://apes.1a-shops.eu/

Location

BI NUU Im U-Bhf. Schlesischen Tor;
10997 Berlin

www.binuu.de

HOLYGRAM

Music for the lost: HOLYGRAM‘s music blends post-punk and new wave with Krautrock and shoegaze elements into a headstrong, multi-layered and thoroughly contemporary homage to the sound of the 1980s, including a resolute look to the future: driving, dark and full of catchy moments. The wide range of influences of the five band members, who got together in Cologne’s vibrating musical landscape in 2015, are unmistakable: New Order meets NEU!. Their unpretentious approach to their own icons proves that references to the past must always be future-oriented, too. Previously impossible-to-combine elements come together cleverly to become the soundtrack of a city that appears threatening in the twilight.

The band who always wrap themselves in dense wafts of mist and cool lighting on stage have played numerous festivals, such as the Mailfeld Derby, Wave-Gotik-Treffen and New Waves Day and accompanied British act OMD on their 2017 European tour. At the end of the year, HOLYGRAM are set to embark on an extensive support tour with VNV Nation through Europe and the US to introduce their debut album Modern Cults live.
The recording takes up where their self-titled 2016 EP left off and intensifies HOLYGRAM‘s contemplation of themes such as big cities, alienation and anonymity, hope and memories, love and identity: These constant reflections always interact closely with the band’s unmistakable sonic guise. The atmosphere oscillates between the brutal sounds of the big city and the fragility of the people that lose themselves in it – intelligently observed scenarios of a world falling apart in which individuals have long ceased to play a leading role. The eleven songs were created over the past few years and some of them have already been tested in a live context. Autobiographical elements blend with fiction, the past melts into the present and they all become a simultaneously oppressive yet hopeful vision of human (co-) existence: a person caught in the mist of their own dreams at the intersection of outer and inner world, between fiction and reality.

This is also where the first single release Signals (scheduled for release on 7 September) comes in, featuring a new-wave guise that belies an emotionally torn lyric, elevating the deeply melancholy chorus (“Sometimes when I close my eyes I see you walk away / And everytime the sun comes up the feeling is the same”) to a pop-like anthem, illustrating that in this world people are only cogs in a much bigger, increasingly autonomous machine.
For the production of their album, which was recorded at Cologne’s Amen Studios, the band enlisted the support of Maurizio Baggio, who also produced The Soft Moon’s albums Deeper and Criminal. Together they worked on the band’s established sound, enhancing it with a myriad of facets.

www.facebook.com/holygram.official

Two Witches

Two Witches is a gothic rock band from Finland, formed in 1987. As with several other late 1980s bands (like Dream Theater and Nosferatu), Two Witches started basing the main part of their appearances and lyrics on the vampire imagery. The group was founded by Jyrki Witch and Anne Nurmi, who in 1993 left the band to start a professional relationship with Tilo Wolff and his group Lacrimosa. Their last work is the compilation  “…Put A Spell On You!”, published in 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/Two-Witches-Official-167374843332778/

Dear Deer

Dear Deer is a french band formed in 2015, consisting of Federico Iovino and Sabatel. This duo mixing Post-Punk and Noise also deals with some No-wave and Disco influences. After a self-released demo, quickly appears the first album “Oh my…” in 2016 (vinyl+CD Manic Depression/Swiss Dark night).

”Claudine in Berlin” from this very album is available as a videoclip on Youtube in 2017. In the meantime, they performed all around Europe (France, Belgium, Switzerland,Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, Poland…) with such bands as The KVB, Kas Product,Perturbator, Savage Republic, Guerre Froide, Boy Harsher, Le Prince Harry…etc

They also performed in festivals celebrating underground music such as “Return to the Batcave”, “Wave fest”, “Minicave Festival”, “Waveteef Festival”,”Entremuralhas”..

“Chew-chew”, their second album appears to be even more dancing, and was released in October 2018 on Manic Depression (vinyl) and on Swiss Dark nights (digipack cd).

www.facebook.com/deardeerfr

Funhouse

Funhouse is a Swedish rock band that was formed by four punk rockers with long hair in 1986. After releasing a self-financed single, “Tormentor”, and with gigs all over Sweden, the band was soon signed to Accelerating Blue Fish, a local independent record label, who released the single “Sunset”. But plans to release an album on this label were never realized as they were approached by the M&A Music Art label, whose dark wave profile was on par with the band’s own style.

After the release of the “Friends” EP and “Girls” album, it took the band three years before they released new material but with the release of the magnificent epos of love, trust and betrayal album “Never Again” in 1996 Funhouse became one of the leading bands in the genre of dark rock in Europe. After endless trips across Europe in an orgy of cherry wine, gin, gigs, interviews etc. to promote the album and the music they call “goth n roll”, the band went into the studio to record a new album, but the studio session turned into a nightmare. It was obvious that the price of the long “goth n roll” lifestyle had finally caught up with the band.

A long break turned out to be the only cure to avoid a split. Minor changes in the line-up and another studio session led to the release in 1998 of a limited-edition EP, “Second Coming”. After this release, the band signed with German label, Appollyon, and in 2000, they released “Forever True”, which only contained remastered versions of some of the band’s previously released tracks. This led to rumours that Funhouse had split up but to the surprise of the fans “Oceans of Tears” was released in 2001 and this was the first step to enter the American goth underground scene but still no new songs since the CD turned out to be another best of CD aimed at the US market. The fans would have to wait another three years before new material would finally be released.

In 2002, fans could read about new line-up changes and promises of a new album on the Funhouse website. And in 2003, the band finally delivered. With the album “Flames of Love” Funhouse proved that they still mastered the sound of dark up-tempo love songs with powerful chorus even though the new sound was much darker, with more guitars and keyboard than in previous releases.

In 2019, the band wrote on Facebook that they were planning a “Forever True 2020” tour, starting in Berlin on March 21, 2020. As a teaser, the band is planning the release of a new single called “Dark & Stormy” around Christmas 2019.

Expect some true goth n roll tunes and prepare your dance moves, cause these gothsters are going to put some joy into the darkness, because “If God was a rockstar, He would be Funhouse”.

https://www.facebook.com/Funhouse-183256995129255/

Brandenburg

A post-punk / new-wave band formed in Moscow (Russia) in 2010. The band has released 3 LP’s. several singles and 3 EP’s. They supported artists such as New Order, Editors, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and etc.

A last album “Holy Places” (2018) received a large number of positive reviews. In the summer of 2019, the band has embark on their European tour.

https://brandenburg.bandcamp.com/

Golden Apes

From the veiny rivers of melancholy to the craggy rocks of disturbance, from the glaciated deserts of bleakness to the vast oceans of longing, from the lightless chasms of despair to the highest peaks piercing a bright sky – you can’t put your finger on an emotional map and find certainty about the place the music of Golden Apes will bring you to. It is all in there and on opposite poles at the same time, an atlas shaping and changing with every sound that enters your ears, with every syllable that enters your head. Trojan harmonies …

And from their debut “Stigma 3.am” (2000) to their latest output “Kasbek” (2019) the Golden Apes manage to deny any kind of tangibility, step back behind the music like being messengers only, delivering the map that guides you, leads you out to the land of swarms, to the places that scare and shelter you … to the rivers and the deserts …

http://www.goldenapes.com/