Silent Runners will release their new album “Statues & Ornaments” on June 3rd, 2022 on Cold Transmission Music. Pre-orders for CD, vinyl, and digital downloads are available on Bandcamp, starting April 22. The news is celebrated with a new single video: ‘Perfect Place to Hide’.
‘Perfect Place to Hide’ is a song about hiding from reality in the things we buy and consume: it’s about yet another hype and the small burst of joy we get from buying and owning stuff we don’t necessarily need.
The new single combines a deceptively cheerful first impression with a darker underlying theme, about advertising and an over-commercialized world where human interaction is reduced to monetary transactions and where some of us have turned into personified ads in influencer marketing.
The accompanying music video is a clear parody of the modern shopping channel, but there’s one catch: every item on sale is pitch black, reflecting the dark side of consumerism.
“Statues & Ornaments” shows a slight shift in direction for Silent Runners. Featuring a heavier emphasis on post-punk influences and more drum-driven songs, without compromising the iconic mix of synths, guitars, and deep vocals the band became known for.
The album title refers to the ideas and ideologies we as a society put on a pedestal. The same ones also lead us to rising inequality, climate crisis, and mass extinction. It speaks of our inability to explore hopeful new alternatives while revering to the nostalgic embrace of the old ways.
“Statues & Ornaments” was recorded in Volver Studio (NL), mixed by Ben Greenberg (USA – Black Marble, Second Still, Soft Kill, et al.), and mastered by Pete Maher (UK – U2, The Killers, Maximo Park, et al.).
Mixing dark synths with post-punk influences, Silent Runners (Amsterdam, NL) made a name for themselves on stage with energetic shows that are both compelling and strangely hypnotizing.
Minimalist guitars, deep bass riffs, and steady drum beats go from an almost krautrock-like drive to all-out bombastic. All topped with classic synths and a powerful voice, soaked in reverb.
In 2017, Silent Runners released their debut album “The Directory”, which reached underground audiences all around the globe. The release was followed by a series of very well-received shows on festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen, Grey Days, and Wavefest. Shows that cemented the band’s energetic live reputation in the underground post-punk scene.
After their 2019 re-release of “The Directory (Remixes)” on Cold Transmission Music, the band announced the production of a new album, set to release on the Germany-based label on June 3, 2022.
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