Vile Electrodes – Proximity
This video is actually a fan-made video that we discovered on YouTube, but it’s pretty much perfect for the song.
The Future Through A Lens
The Future Through A Lens, the band’s debut album, was released in September 2013, after which the band went on to support Michael Rother (Neu! and Harmonium) in Germany. The band has recently been confirmed as finalists in the running for the Schallwelle German Music Awards, in the ‘Best International Artist’ and ‘Best International Album’ categories.
Musically, their influences include the early exponents of electronic music: disco, ‘intelligent’ dance music, modern electropop, coldwave, early industrial music and trip-hop. Early Human League and OMD rub shoulders with Goldfrapp and Portishead. Giorgio Moroder and John Carpenter cross with Orbital and Underworld. Chris and Cosey cosy up to Ladytron and The Knife.
An unhealthy obsession
An unhealthy obsession with science fiction and Britain’s industrial and pastoral heritage creates a love affair between an atomic age tomorrow that never was and a remote, romantic wilderness. A pulp fiction future of flying cars and shining cities meets austere abandoned wastelands and urban blight. The result is both driving and atmospheric; melancholic and hopeful.
Ballardian dystopian nightmares
Ballardian dystopian nightmares of longing and loss feature often, thematically and lyrically. Love is in turns lustful, robotic and scientific. The self and society feel the same pains. Humanity is represented both as an adjective and a noun. But where there is loneliness, there is also aspiration; where there is vulnerability, there is also strength. And the music soars as often as it takes a downturn to a minor chord.
Sometimes the machines rebel. Unpredictability and excitement reign, but the performance is always a genuine, passionate and fun experience. Never the same twice, and full of warmth, humour and energy.