It’s been a little over eighteen months since Wellington’s Disjecta Membra released a ‘single edit’ version of ‘Death by Discothèque’ as a free download in December 2013, backed with the stomping synthpop remix from one of the great pillars of European electro-industrial dance music, Leæther Strip.
Exclusive remixes from South African goth rockers Ankst and post-punk/industrial pioneers Attrition (UK) followed, emerging through international V/A compilations in mid 2014. At least one version or another of ‘Death by Discothèque’ has since graced the decks of just about every well-known goth, post-punk, deathrock (etc) DJ, radio show, webcast or specialty club around the world, while garnering media attention from the usual underground fansites through to higher profile music magazines like Rip It Up magazine here at home, and Independent Music News in the UK.
DJ Billyphobia at Virus-G (Madrid) described ‘Discothèque’ as “a sinister and scorching rock ’n’ roll tune”, praising its “humour and sarcasm”; Craig Hayes of Six Noises and Radio New Zealand has called it “fantastically wry and brooding”; Terra Relicta (Slovenia) heralded the band as “one of the most respected names in the gothic rock genre”; and the indomitable Mr. Mick Mercer (UK) introduced the song on his live webcast by describing the group as “living legends”.
Featuring two new mixes from long-time Disjecta Membra producer Dave Lowndes, and one previously unreleased remix apiece from Ankst’s EBM spinoff project Sine Division, New Zealand dark post-industrial dance trailblazers The Mercy Cage, and Canadian Goth DJ Kitty Lectro’s alter-ego, Non Op Trans, the ‘Death by Discothèque (remixes)’ EP is the song’s final, definitive iteration.
Download a copy here.
Not long to go until HUP's next show, a fantastic bill featuring Auckland's magnificent HDSPNS, the return of Hamilton legends Rumpus Room, and the incredible Hide & Tallow from Northland. Doors open at 8pm, first band on at 8.30pm. The show is all ages and licensed, and entry is $10 on the door. HDSPNS new album can be heard riiiiiight here.
Hamilton Underground Press is very excited to finally be launching its own store page. Although payment is not able to be made directly online, products are listed and orders placed by email and payment is made by bank transfer. Trademe eat your heart out.
The first product is a very limited edition (only 8 left at the time of writing) lathecut vinyl 10" by Sora Shima on Hamilton's Gravel Streak Records. The Empress E.P. features two tracks from You Are Surrounded, the band's debut LP, namely Fill Spectre and Glass Coffins.
HUP hopes to grow the Store in the coming months and would love to hear from local bands with a recording or merch to sell. We feel it is important to note that HUP takes precisely zero of any profit made, all of it goes straight back to the bands. Click on Store to see more!
Machina Rex from Dunedin, Wizz Kids from this fair city, and Parents of Auckland are playing this Friday at Nivara Lounge, it's a fiver in for three bands...go! Click here to hear or download Machina Rex's latest EP.