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Actors [UK] + Special Guests: Bootblacks [US]
Organizer Spillestedet Stengade
Venue Spillestedet Stengade
Spillestedet Stengade
Date 11. November 2022
Open from 20:00 to 02:00

Det bliver festlig fredag som kombiner new wave, darkwave med en drivende dansegulvspuls med sjælfuld, melodisk post-punk og atmofærisk synth lyd når kanadiske Actors og amerikanske Bootblacks besøger Stengade til november.

"Vancouver's ACTORS have been making dark, danceable post-punk for the better part of a decade, and are gearing up to release their second album, Acts of Worship, on October 1 via Artoffact Records. We've got the premiere of the video for the album's new single, the sultry 'Cold Eyes,' which sounds like neon-lit black leather, as [frontman Jason] Corbett whisper-growls over an incessant, minimal beat."

“Acts of Worship is one long love song to post-punk, new wave, and darkwave. There’s not a weak, non-danceable track on here. It’s all goosebumps and closed eyes and laser lights in my head."
–CVLT Nation

"On their latest album, Acts of Worship, Vancouver favorites ACTORS have traded their post-punk for 80s euro synth pop. It’s a dark gothic record, filled with heartache and black romance."
–Northern Transmissions

"From the shattered glass goth-pop of “Obsession” to the mechanical, Numan-esque crunch of “Cold Eyes”... ACTORS’ second act is almost spiritual in nature."

"Amazingly crisp and pristine production accentuates this dark, spacious approach led primarily by bass and keyboards... One cannot deny the cinematic construction of the compositions."

"This post-punk/new wave-esque band have really taken the genre by storm. Their new album, Acts Of Worship, is drenched in hard driving beats, huge hooks, and soothing atmosphere."

Following a handful of formative sessions with prolific drummer/producer Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad
Seeds, Sonic Youth), the Brooklyn-based Bootblacks released its first EP, Narrowed, in the fall of 2012. Debut
full-length Veins came next in 2016 and was backed by extensive touring. 2017's Fragments found the band expanding to a bigger, more atmospheric and synth-heavy sound; the album landed on many year-end lists and helped earn slots on festivals such as Cold Waves, Terminus, Absolution, Wave Gotik Treffen, and Murder of Crows.

Thin Skies, Bootblacks' first album for Artoffact Records, zooms forward where Fragments left off. The nine songs
combine a driving, dancefloor pulse with soulful, melodic post-punk, yielding results that are positively anthemic.

Produced by Jason Corbett of Artoffact labelmates ACTORS, Thin Skies evokes scenes of dark days and reckless
nights in the urban jungle – a marriage of post-punk emotion and clubland sweat. Frontman Panther Almqvist's
brooding voice captivates as it veers from detached cool to deep vulnerability. Guitarist Alli Gorman's hard jangle
"channels the trademark delay techniques of [U2's] The Edge," in the words of Keyboardist Barrett Hiatt's arpeggiated synths are the life force pushing the songs relentlessly forward, as Larry Gorman bashes a mix
of acoustic and electronic drums with power and perfection. Backing vocals come courtesy of Shannon Hemmett
(ACTORS) and Kennedy Ashlyn (SRSQ, Them Are Us Too).

Bootblacks' hometown of New York City is integral to Thin Skies' sound. The band's name itself is said to be derived
from novelist William Burroughs’ description of the dark underbelly of glitzy NYC. Almqvist states: "It's an energetic city and people have all the reasons in the world not to give you the time of day. I think our music has been shaped by that in many ways."

The loneliness of city life pervades the album's music and lyrics. "Most of the lyrics on the album are about loneliness," says Almqvist. "Looking back on the lyric writing process there seems to be some connective feeling of isolation and distance present in all of the songs... I'm always hoping that a listener personalizes the song, that's why the songs never have a narrative but try to embody a feeling."

As well as playing shows at every significant venue in NYC, sharing stages with the likes of Clan of Xymox, Light
Asylum, HEALTH, and VOWWS, along the way, Bootblacks has toured North America and Europe, most recently
being handpicked by Modern English as direct support for a 2020 North American tour (currently postponed).
Entré: 120 kr (inkl. gebyr) i forsalg / 140 kr i døren.

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Det bliver festlig fredag som kombiner new wave, darkwave med en drivende dansegulvspuls med sjælfuld, melodisk post-punk og atmofærisk synth lyd når kanadiske Actors og amerikanske Bootblacks besøger Stengade til november.

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