Highly Promising Post-punk and Shoegaze in Devilstone’s Lineup
- PREOCCUPATIONS combine post-punk and art rock with hypnotising hints of pop and create a sharp lo-fi atmosphere in their live shows
- THE KVB’s first time at Devilstone promises a psychedelic experience
- SONIC JESUS – emotional feel of drone, psychedelic, and shoegaze is leading post-punk into entirely new territories
Shoegaze and post-punk have had their special place at Devilstone in the last couple of years, so 2018 is going to be no exception with bands like PREOCCUPATIONS, THE KVB, and SONIC JESUS in the front of the festival’s lineup.
The band previously known as VIET CONG released their self-titled debut in 2015 and received criticism and felt pressured because of their title. So, since 2016, these Canadians are known as PREOCCUPATIONS and, ironically, their second release is also named like that. As far as we know, no one else has two self-titled albums.
The post-punk rhythms in PREOCCUPATIONS help to keep otherwise neurotic and dissonant notes in place; their music harmonises harsh industrial noises, rough vocals, and hypnotic electronic. Live shows make everything even more intense. Their highly anticipated new release called New Material is coming out on the 23rd of March, expect to hear some tracks from it at Devilstone!
The British duo THE KVB does not try to appeal to anyone; to them, music is a form of freedom and self-expression. Their style is an eclectic composition of contemporary post-punk, shoegaze, and electronic music, topped with rich vocals. Add some good old gothic rock feels stemming from the darkest corners of the soul and the concepts this couple are trying to convey will be more than clear.
SONIC JESUS began in Italy in 2012 when two good friends Marco Baldassari and Tiziano Veronese unified their love for atmospheric rock and nostalgic poetry. Their multi-layered creations are highly valued for the audacious and innovative use of kraut rock, shoegaze, and psychedelic vibes.