Background message from Joakim (Covenant):
An overwhelmingly intense week in the studio has passed. In glorious pain and love not given lightly, metaphorically speaking, the masters for the first release of the “Leaving Babylon” epic just arrived. I’m right now enjoying the honour of being the first person on the planet to hear the “Last Dance EP” in its entirety. Sometimes it’s pretty kool to be a member of Covenant.
It’s a 6-track EP with 4 songs and 2 remixes on it. One track written by each of us, including our new live member Andreas Catjar, so it’s a rather complex beast, this one. Majestic synths, quirky noises, unexpected harmonies, scary singing machines, fog horns, massive beats and of course Eskil’s incomparable vocals. I for one really look forward to see where this road is going to take us.
The exact release date is still in the shadows but we aim for June. Do keep tuned to keep track of that. We hope you’ll like it. Or find it interesting enough to react to it.
I’ll leave you with a little snippet from the title track “Last Dance” together with the evocative picture Eskil captured, from the ferry, of the castle Kronborg across the sound in Helsingör where Hamlet and his homies made such mayhem in Shakespeare’s classic. It’s like a mirage. Mist is common here, but I’ve never seen the castle like that. One can almost hear Horatio exclaim:
“And then it started like a guilty thing, upon a fearful summons”
With that paraphrase I bid you adieu. Peace, love and robot laws unto you all.
Swedish electro pop duo Jode are in the production process with Christoffer Berg (Depeche Mode, The Knife, Moby etc) finishing their debut single “Untold”. Berg will be mixing and producing. Christoffer Berg just came home from New York and Santa Barbara after spending 6 months with Depeche producing their forthcoming album.
Directed, shot and edited by Chris Corner and Danny Drysdale
An Orphic production
Assistance and production – Janine Gezang
Light – Valquire Veljcovic
Helping hands – Linda Duffield, James Cook, Brett Leitch
Coat worn by Chris – “Stone Jacket” by Anne-Mari Pahkala
Green hooded top by Dana Mikelson
Thanks to Dana Mikelson and Veruschka Bohn aka Spite & Malice
“Quiet The Mind” written by Chris Corner, produced by Jim Abbiss and Chris Corner
In a FB post Covenant have announced that Daniel Myer has left the band, which was also confirmed directly to Steelberry Clones when we met up with Eskil Simonsson back stage at ElectriXmas
Says Covenant: “On the other end of things Daniel Myer has announced that he’s leaving the Covenant setup to focus on his own projects. He will be sorely missed but we wish him the best and we hope he’ll achieve every ambitious goal he aims for. His last performance with Covenant will take place on Christmas Day (Dec 25) next week at the Dark Storm Festival in Chemnitz. We hope you’ll show up and join us as we show him all our love.”
Visitors of Covenant’s 2007 tour saw Myer first at work when he was replacing Clas Nachmanson who had decided to focus on other things than Covenant for a while.
Right before Christmas a new and extremely rare electronic music album has hit the shelves.
It is a secret group on Facebook called Electronically Yours that has released an album featuring classic 70′s songs and remixed to fit an electronic audience of the 21st century. And it is not an anonymous bunch of musicians on this album – among the secret members you will find Joakim Montelius (Covenant) under his alter ego Tectonic Knights, Eddie Bengtsson with PAGE, Diskodiktator, compute and Steelberry Clones, to name but a few.
Now you can watch them live – this is Electronically Yours as they made their first performance at ElectriXmas in Malmoe, Sweden on December 15th 2012.
On stage in the video: PAGE, independent state, compute and yours truly Steelberry Clones
More info here:
Electronically Yours, featuring Joakim Montelius (Covenant), PAGE, Diskodiktator and more, in the media
As reported on earlier, the electronica project ‘Electronically Yours’, is now being covered across several leading electronic music magazines, below are a couple of links, and if you are in Sweden on Dec 15th make sure to watch their live performance at ElectriXmas
It is a secret group on Facebook called Electronically Yours that has released an album featuring classic 70′s songs and remixed to fit an electronic audience of the 21st century. And it is not an anonymous bunch of musicians on this album – among the secret members you will find Joakim Montelius (Covenant) under his alter ego Tectonic Knights, Eddie Bengtsson with PAGE, Diskodiktator, computer and Steelberry Clones, to name but a few.
You might know, or might not know that Joakim Montelius (Covenant) is a member of a secret society called Electronically Yours, a bunch of (mostly) Swedish geeks and electronic music aficionados. Some are famous, some are merely notorious. A few of them are both.
Joakim Montelius (Covenant) and others featured on charity compilation ‘Friends of Electronically Yours – The Seventies Revisited’
And for those of you who know Swedish there are two more in depth articles at HD and Zero Music Magazine:
Page, Diskodiktator, Compute, Covenant-Joakim och ett flertal andra kreativa artister på en och samma skiva? Elektroniska nytolkningar av sjuttiotalshits från bland andra Deep Purple, Sweet, Neil Young och Curtis Mayfield? Ett välgörenhetsprojekt som stöder världens barn? Samlingen Friends of Electronically Yours – The Seventies Revisited sprudlar av nytänkande och värmer frusna hjärtan i vinterkylan. Zero har pratat med Facebookgruppen bakom verket.
Listen to snippets of the full length album by clicking the album cover in the right hand column >>>>>>>
Right before Christmas a new and extremely rare electronic music album has hit the shelves.
It is a secret group on Facebook called Electronically Yours that has released an album featuring classic 70′s songs and remixed to fit an electronic audience of the 21st century. And it is not an anonymous bunch of musicians on this album – among the secret members you will find Joakim Montelius (Covenant) under his alter ego Tectonic Knights, Eddie Bengtsson with PAGE, Diskodiktator, computer and Steelberry Clones, to name but a few. To provide you with the right feeling of the album we give you Joakim’s post on the official Covenant Facebook page below, and if you are in Sweden on December 15th you can see Electronically Yours live on stage at ElectriXmas
Message from Joakim from Covenant:
So. X-mas is saved. See, I’m a member of a secret society called Electronically Yours. We are a bunch of (mostly) Swedish geeks and electronic music aficionados. Some are famous, some are merely notorious. A few of us are both. A while back the Chairman of this obscure virtual tribe had an idea. A whim, actually, but through the means of great secrecy, clever masterminding, as well as gullible people willing to accept an unknown, non-negotiable missio
n from which there was no way to back out, the whim has now turned into the fulfilment of a rather daring project.
The idea was to turn a bunch of great ’70s hits by artists as diverse as Sweet, Slade, Hot Chocolate, Tom Jones, Curtis Mayfield and Deep Purple into modern, electronic interpretations. The results baffled us all. So we decided to make an album out of it and release it as a non-profit project and all proceeds will be given away to the Swedish charity “Musikhjälpen”.
And that’s why X-mas is saved: you get a great album (and I do not say that just because I’m on it as my alter ego Tectonic Knights, it really is an amazing collection of songs) PLUS a very large part of the money you pay for it goes to help people in dire need of it. That’s what I call a win-win arrangement.
You can hear snippets of the tracks and also a link to the webshop where you can pick up one of the remaining copies of the strictly limited CDs here:
MrDoonut – “If You Want Me To Stay”
Diskodiktator – “You Could’ve Been A Lady”
alphaKenny-1 – “Silver Machine”
Independent State – “Strange Kind Of Woman”
Counterfeit – “He’s Gonna Step On You Again”
Arachnophobias – “16 Tons”
compute – “Goodbye”
DJ Man-Machine – “Do You Wanna Dance”
Den där killen – “Heart Of Gold”
Clark Gable – “Action”
Dvala – “Metal Guru”
Steelberry Clones – “Superfly”
Page – “Coz I Luv You”
Tectonic Knights – “She’s A Lady”
Angaudlinn – “If You Want Me To Stay”
As also has been somewhat leaked on Facebook we can expect a new album from Covenant soon, more details below:
1.5 years have passed since their last album “Modern Ruin” was released and now the band is working on the next one. The title is “Leaving Babylon” and scheduled for early 2013.
The band also welcomes a new live member in form of Daniel Jonasson on keyboards, replacing Joakim Montelius. Joakim has decided to stop touring but will remain as a member in the studio. Daniel Jonasson is also a member of the Swedish EBM band Dupont.
The band are currently touring the States and later in September they will perform a special set of shows on their “Dreams Of A Cryotank 2012 Debut Album Tour”, a full-length show with early material, rarities and a handful of hits.Photo credit: P.Duvander, 2010
The Swedish synthie/electro act Covenant returns to North America this August as they embark on a 20 date tour, including a special extended/rarities set performance at one of their California shows. The band comes with a newly revised line-up which now includes Daniel Jonasson from Dupont. Jonasson will replace Joakim Montelius live.
The tour kicks off August 20 in Chicago and ends off with dates in South America which will be confirmed pretty soon.
Tour dates below:
- Aug 20 – Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
- Aug 21 – Detroit, MI – Smalls
- Aug 22 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
- Aug 23 – Montreal, QC – Le Belmont
- Aug 24 – Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
- Aug 25 – New York City, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
- Aug 26 – Richmond, VA – Fallout
- Aug 27 – Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
- Aug 28 – Atlanta GA – The Shelter
- Aug 30 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
- Aug 31 – Houston, TX – Numbers
- Sep 1 – Austin, TX – Elysium
- Sep 2 – Dallas, TX – Trees
- Sep 4 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
- Sep 5 – Los Angles CA (Glendale) – The Complex
- Sep 7 – Los Angles, CA – Das Bunker
- Sep 9 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
- Sep 11 – Portland, OR – The Fez Ballroom
- Sep 12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Neuweltmusic talked to Eskil Simonsson from Covenant in a taxi, Dublin. September 3rd, 2011.
Shot & cut by Dani Kammler (http://www.neuweltmusic.com)
Special thanks to Fiona (Ministry of Agroculture Promotions Ireland)
Out now on Sleepless Records is the new Absolute Body Control MCD “Surrender no resistance”. The MCD holds a collection of remixes by Covenant, Millimetric etc from their “Shattered Illusion” album. The MCD also features unreleased material such as a cover version of Luc Van Acker’s “Feels like love”. The 6-track MCD is the follow-up to the “Sorrow” which was the first single taken from the album.
Formed in early 1980 by Dirk Ivens (voice/synths), Mark De Jonghe (synths) and Veerle De Schepper (backing vocals), Absolute Body Control released a first 7″ single “Is There An Exit?” in 1981. Soon after, Eric Van Wonterghem joined the band.
- Surrender, No Resistance (Crash Course In Science Mix)
- Feels Like Love (exclusive Cover Version)
- Surrender, No Resistance (Covenant Mix)
- Tears (exclusive)
- Surrender, No Resistance (Millimetric Mix)
- Talking To The Men (Amictric Mix)
Well I must say that 2011 seems to be a very promising year from a synthpop and electronic music perspective, I almost feel tempted to opening my wallet
Here are a couple of must haves:
Covenant – Modern Ruin
Mirrors – Lights and Offerings
OMD – History of Modern
System – Circle of Infinite Radius
Daft Punk – Tron Legacy
And there’s more coming your way; Mr Jones Machine, Depeche Mode remix album…..so stay tuned