Today, I brought in new music from a Montreal husband-and-wife duo who are inspired by 80s electronic and industrial music from Europe - Handsome Furs, made up of Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry. He's a musician, and is also in the band Wolf Parade...remember them? She's a short story writer and musician, too.
Their last album, Face Control, came out two years ago, and it got its name from an aspect of club culture they observed while on tour in Moscow: if clubbers want to reserve a table at a bar in that city, they have to pay a pretty hefty chunk of cash (either through PayPay or in cash), BUT their seat's still aren't guaranteed! Bouncers have the authority to turn them away from the bar...based solely on appearance (as in, "sorry, you're not hot enough to be seen in here!"). This 'phenomenon' has been called "face control", hence the name of their last album.
Back to that 80s electronic music that influences them, one of their songs from Face Control is called "All We Want Baby Is Everything", and it's a reference to a New Order song. Their album release was delayed because they had to get the ok from the band before it could be released - see if you can figure out which New Order song it is...
If you guessed this one from May 1982...
...then you're right.
Handsome Furs new album is out today; it's their third full-length album, and their first album written ONLY on keyboards...so from their new one, Sound Kapital, I played "Damage". The band will be here in Vancouver on Friday, July 22nd at The Commodore with Les Savvy Fav.