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Break Out the Champagne! Out Now NEW JACOBIN CLUB’s New Album ‘Soldiers of The Mark’
September 5 – Sept 27 Across Western Canada
(Clockwise starting from the top right)
The Horde – vocals/guitar , Mistress Nagini – backing vocals/keyboard, The Ruin – bass, The Luminous – cello, Rat King – drums, Poison Candi – Vocals/theremin/percussion
Photo credit: Kathryn Trembach
Saskatoon’s six piece punk rock cabaret The New Jacobin Club, a staple for nearly 20 years on the Canadian music scene as a must see bucket list band for their unbelievable gothic freak show performances, theatrical storylines, and multi-instrumentals (cello, theremien, keyboard, etc.) return with their latest creation ‘Soldiers of The Mark’ out today, September 2nd. Featuring ten hard hitting freak show tracks offered digitally on Amazon, HMV, iTunes, Bandcamp, plus exclusively available via the band’s web store http://www.newjacobinclub.com/webstore, the band is offering a 15 track deluxe edition of the album, vinyl and a hard cover companion book with a collection of the band’s lyrics, translations, concert posters, live photos, concept art plus contributions from Canadian artists Jess Thamnos, Kathyrn Trembach and Candiac Grosenick.
Horde (guitar/vocals) comments:
“This album is most collaborative thing we’ve ever done, and I think it’s the first time every member of this group has had their own musical voice shine through on a studio recording. Sharing lead vocals with Candi and working much more closely with Luminous on the string arrangements made the whole writing and recording process as exciting as if it was the first album we ever did.”
RatKing (drums) comments:
“As chaotic and unique as this band and its members are, when we play together we all somehow end up on the same page. I feel as though that really shows on this record.”
Soldiers of the Mark – 2014 – Track listing:
- The Mark (4:02)
- Parade of Innocents (4:41)
- Champagne Ivy(4:00)
- Angel MMXIV (2:48)
- A Grey Day to Die (3:53)
- Into the Fire (5:26)
- Garthim (3:58)
- My Smile (2:47)
- Seal of Metatron (3:50)
- Return to Eden (2:46)
Album Length: 38:15
‘Champagne Ivy’ (single) is now streaming on Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8blkV_xMdI
NJC will also embarking across Western Canada including their hometown of Saskatoon for a CD Release at Amigos with Lavagoat and Hell Hounds on September 12, 2014 in promotion of their release.
September 5, 2014 – Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB – Event Link
September 12, 2014 – Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK – Event Link
*September 27, 2014 –Broadway Theatre – Saskatoon, SK – Event Link (*Special note about Sept 27, 2014 – New Jacobin Club will be the feature performer for the 2014 Saskatoon Zombie Walk and Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival.)
October 25, 2014 – German Club Main Stage – Regina, SK
For more information, please visit the following links:
Outcasts among wise men and fools alike, the New Jacobin Club is a fiendish group of musicians, poets, painters and performance artists who have been entertaining and provoking since the mid 1990’s. Combining seedy bohemian stage theatrics with bombastic art rock anthems has given the long lived ensemble a shocking and original edge that has attracted as much heated controversy as it has fiercely loyal fans.
Beginning as a power trio based in the Western Canadian city of Saskatoon, the New Jacobin Club signed to U.S. indie label Transparent Records in 1998 and released “A Lesson in Mortality”. In 2003 “Retake the Throne,” their second full length album, became a minor Canadian college radio hit, creeping on to the national top 100 chart by the year’s end. By 2009, the NJC had become infamous for their provocative live show featuring unsettling freakshow stunts and what would become signature pyro tricks such as “exploding” cymbals and lighting microphone stands on fire. They released the epic gothic rock-opera “This Treason” the following year accompanied with “Inside the Cannibal Circus,” a DVD complete with concept video, live concert and candid documentary style footage. The double disc set was met with even more college radio success and sparked strong opinions from critics in Canada and worldwide.
The group is led by founding father and roaring frontman Xerxes Praetorius Horde (“The Horde” to his allies), singing opposite Poison Candi (theremin, percussion, vocals) and backed by The Luminous (electric cello),The Ruin (bass), The Rat King (drums) and Mistress Nagini (backing vocals, synth) . On stage the band is often joined by a colorful cast of collaboraters including performance artists Firecrotch Jones, Raunchy Rabies, Rima the Birdgirl, and drummer/programmer Eclipse.
Described as “Fiery and imposing while still retaining a degree of intelligence and fore-thought” (Exclaim! Canada’s independent music authority), “Energizing and engaging” (PureGrain Audio, USA) and “a gloriously black exercise in dark psychedelia” (BCFM Sunday Rock Show Review, UK), the New Jacobin Club never tire of dancing on genre boundaries with nods to classic goth, 70’s rock, power metal, blues, somber folk and even a hint of danceable industrial funk. The NJC has shared the stage with KMFDM, Voltaire, the Groovie Ghoulies, Nashville Pussy, the Nekromantix and countless others. Their signature vocal hooks and riffs have propelled them onto local and national Canadian independant radio charts, several movie soundtracks and even their own cable televised acoustic special.
Now in 2014, the band returns with their next shocker ‘Soldiers of The Mark’ due out on September 2nd as a self-release sure to make your ears cringe with its ten tracks of insanity. Along with this release, NJC are offering fans a very special and limited edition “Soldiers of the Mark” hardcover coffee-table format lyric book. It will be a joint effort with Calgary, AB based RunRabbit Entertainment. RunRabbit is notable for their independent short films (“Lilith” premiered at the 2013 Calgary Horrorcon and featured music by the New Jacobin Club prominently in the soundtrack) as well as their dark and provocatively themed photography. The book will contain not only the complete lyrics to the album, but an introduction, brief commentary written by band members and entourage, and full album credits. Contributing visual artists include Jess Thamnos (responsible for the iconic and menacing album cover ), Kathryn Trembach (band photographer) and Candice Grosenick (graphic artist behind the band’s concert posters and merchandise).
First editions of the book will be available by pre-order only and will include a special digital album download featuring the regular 10 song album plus 8 more bonus tracks. The deluxe 18 track version of the album will only be available directly from newjacobinclub.com and with the limited edition book.
“Their newest album, Soldiers of the Mark, is chock full of complex arrangements that utilize all of these instruments along with a headbanging rhythm section of guitar, bass and drums that often lead in to a chorus of both male and female vocals singing in harmony. Just as your mother always told you, never judge a book by it’s cover. Before you realize it, you’ll be headbanging along as you progress through Soldiers of the Mark. ” – Damnation Mag
“The band hits hard and heavy, giving you a kick to the forehead and making you notice them and the great talent that is on display here. This is an album that brings different sounds and genres together to make a glorious racket.” – Altered Frequencies
“Fiery and imposing while still retaining a degree of intelligence and fore-thought.” – Exclaim!
“Energizing and engaging!” – Pure Grain Audio
“a gloriously black exercise in dark psychedelia” – The BCFM Sunday Rock Show Review (UK)
“Worthy of a listen, if only to fuel your desire to see their amazing live show, which may change the way you see music forever.” BC Musician
“…a patchwork of Frankenstein of diverse influences, dueling guitars, enormous synths, pounding drums and bass, and most important, what really sets it apart – incredible musicianship.” – Planet S Mag
“…staright out of the Glenn Danzig (Misfits era) tradition – though much more engaging than Danzig ever was… If you ever wondered what Gwar’s interpretation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show might be like, The New Jacobin Club has your answer.” – Harvest Moon Music
“Romps with a breath that is vibrant and refreshing…wonderfully flamboyant, theatrical and wicked.” – Ring Master Review