Part Time Punks Sessons is out now.
Today we bring you a dose of something you don’t usually find in the pages of Overblown, but somehow we feel this one’s worth it. Today, dark electronic / minimal synth outfit INHALT release their new album ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’. It was released in collaboration with Los Angeles’ infamous cutting-edge musical program / event organizers Part Time Punks and released through Cleopatra Records, quite the post-punk mecca as far as labels go.
With German vocals front and center, this music is a striking upbeat mix of dark synth / body wave / industrial / post-punk. Chic and cold, INHALT are the new sexy dark with enough of a kickback to their forefathers to draw in several generations of music lovers, crossing oceans. This is a well-defined pop sensibility informed by European Minimalism and a sincere, yet playfully cynical sense of humor – as much Kraftwerk as John Carpenter but with a pronounced drive of Moroder disco.
This is the band’s fourth significant release and final album to be recorded at the band’s homebuilt studio, affectionately called “The Bunker”. This collection features the best of the band’s signature synth-driven dark analog pop, recorded in real time.
Check out Part Time Punks Sessions below:
INHALT is German for “content”. This San Francisco-based trio is comprised of Philip Winiger, Matia Simovich, and Steven Campodonico. Winiger, born in Switzerland, visited San Francisco for a year long sabbatical but ended up forming the band with Simovich in 2009. They immediately recognized their mutual philosophy of sonic fidelity and creative integrity, rather than nostalgia.
“If we’ve been accused of putting too much time in the production process, PTP Sessions would be our antithesis; Done quickly, direct to multitrack analog tape, in a single take, capturing our live show, as it is, warts and all. We took inspiration from the John Peel sessions of days past, and worked in the spirit of that body of work from the performance, straight to the final mix down,” explains Matia Simovich. “It was a great privilege to be asked to do this by Michael Stock (who runs Part Time Punks), and we delivered something that we feel matches the essence of PTP: raw, honest, and on the border between the past and the present.”
On the concert circuit, INHALT have a reputation for bringing a tour de force wall of sound with an energetic stage presence. They have played concerts with peers old and new, including Front 242, Clock DVA, Martial Canterel, and High Functioning Flesh. This raw concert experience is packed into the John Peel-esque Part Time Punks Sessions. Tour dates below.
MAY 20 Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull with Kontravoid (Cititrax/Minimal Wave Records), BOAN (Holodeck Records)
MAY 21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex with Kontravoid and BOAN [via Part Time Punks]
JUNE 8 Antwerp, BE @ Die Kleine Hedonist
JUNE 9 Brussels, BE @ Scenario Club w/ Zanias [via Fantastique.Nights]
JUNE 10 Basel, CH @ Hirscheneck w/ December [via NACHT/ORDEN]
JUNE 11 Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire with Poison Point
JUNE 13 Gothenburg, SE @ Brewhouse with Skinny Puppy
JUNE 14 Stockholm, SE @ Kraken with Skinny Puppy
JUNE 15 Copenhagen, DK @ Underwerket
JUNE 16 Düsseldorf, DE @ TBA
JUNE 17 Bochum, DE @ Bahnhof Langendreer [via Lost Sounds]
JUNE 21 Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree [via Death#Disco]
JUNE 22 Vienna, AT @ AU [via Bloodbeat]
JUNE 23 Augsburg, DE @ Ballonfabrik [via DecaDance]
JUNE 24 Darmstadt, DE @ Secret Location
JUNE 25 Freiburg, DE @ Basement11
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