Post-punk four-piece HOPE have revealed a striking live video for track ‘Kingdom’, played at this year’s Haldern Pop Festival.
To help conjure an image of their sonic reaction simply imagine Portishead formed in Berlin today: Sculptor Josef Beuys then shreds the band with a coarse wire brush, and exhibits them in a dark, 100-foot high silo to produce artificial icebergs. The resulting ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ may well be a close approximation.
‘Kingdom’ is all about refusal and anger, encountering desire and love. Speaking about the artistic direction of the band, singer Christine Börsch-Supan explains: “The black aesthetic is not the same “black” of Wave or Gothic bands, but the unpretentious black of Talk Talk. A black which lets you forget the Jazz, the academics, and the provinces that we come from.”
In 2017, producer Olaf Opal (The Notwist) built a studio in the remains of an abandoned lung sanatorium on the outskirts of Berlin, where the band recorded their debut LP. This space captured a cold ambience that colours the recording in a unique way. The album’s artwork is minimal and their information sparse, which allows the audience to experience their heavy sounds in the purest possible way.
The relentless quartet have impressed all who have witnessed their mesmeric live show. Throughout November, HOPE will be taking their deliciously dark sound to London, Nottingham, Manchester and Southampton. Make sure you catch them at the following dates.