Beginning this week, Weathered Statues and Kuudes Silmä – two of the leading bands in the modern post-punk renaissance, in part fostered by both bands’ label, Svart Records – will be touring across Europe together. Beginning in Svart’s homeland of Finland and finishing in Belgium, the tour encompasses 12 dates in total, and will see Weathered Statues playing to their first European audiences. Confirmed dates & venues are as follows:
October 9 – Helsinki, Finland @ Lepakkomies
October 10 – Tampere, Finland @ Vastavirta
October 11 – Uppsala, Sweden @ Femman
October 12 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Ungdomshuset
October 13 – Hamburg, Germany @ Druckerei im Gängeviertel
October 14 – Berlin, Germany @ K19
October 15 – Leipzig, Germany @ TBA
October 16 – Brno, Czech Republic @ TBA
October 17 – München, Germany TBA
October 18 – Karlsruhe, Germany @ TBA
October 19 – Tübingen, Germany @ Epplehaus
October 20 – Gent, Belgium @ Den Bristol
The romance of death, the betrayal of love, the hypocrisy of faith: These are the things that fascinate Weathered Statues. The band formed in 2017 in Denver from the remnants of the groups The Nervous and Cloak of Organs (which featured members of Wovenhand and Planes Mistaken For Stars), along with a member of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club.
Weathered Statues’ debut album, Borderlands, was released by Svart Records in the spring of 2018. It captures the group’s love of British and European post-punk as well as West Coast deathrock, a hybrid that’s as lush and melodic as it is aggressive and dark. Lol Tolhurst of The Cure remixed the album track “Corpse Candle,” and singer/keyboardist Jennie Mather and crew have embarked on a series of shows in the US and Europe in support of Borderlands’ bleak, mysterious majesty.
One of the driving forces behind the resurgence of gothic rock and post-punk in Finland in the new millennium, Kuudes Silmä have kept a long break from recording. Previous works have appeared on the sadly defunct Combat Rock Industry label, and Svart Records welcomes the group into the fold with their second full-length album, Pelko.
Although expressing themselves in their native tongue, Kuudes Silmä’s music is very much part of the greater global post-punk underground. Formed, suitably enough, in Berlin in 2009, the band have played several tours around Europe, America, and Russia, and appeared on Maximum Rock’n’Roll’s Sound the Alarm compilation. On Pelko, the band takes a small step towards gothic maturity, with some of the most abrasive tones giving room for a more new-wave pop approach.