RELEASE SHOW JUNE 4 AT WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN 2022, LEIPZIG
Silent Runners (Amsterdam, NL) will release their second studio album Statues & Ornaments on Friday June 3rd 2022 on Cold Transmission Music. The album features 11 tracks and will be available on a special edition vinyl, CD, digital downloads and streaming. Each purchase of the album on Bandcamp also includes two exclusive bonus tracks, for a total of thirteen songs.
The following day, on Saturday June 4, the band will perform a release show at Haus Leipzig during Wave Gotik Treffen 2022, Leipzig. It will be the first opportunity to purchase the physical album on vinyl or CD.
Statues & Ornaments shows a 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 that also lead us to rising inequality, climate crisis and mass extinction. It speaks of our inability to explore hopeful new alternatives, while revering the nostalgic embrace of the old ways.
The title, Statues & Ornaments, also asks the question: what is fundamental and what is distraction? Who or what deserves a pedestal in our opinion? The biblical figure Samson, as seen on the album cover illustration by Gustave Doré, further symbolizes these questions. In his rage, Samson destroyed the temple of the Philistines, but at the cost of his own life. Do the institutions and traditions of our modern times also deserve to collapse? And if so, at what cost?
Statues & Ornaments was recorded in Volver Studio (NL), mixed by Ben Greenberg (USA – Black Marble, Second Still, Soft Kill) and mastered by Pete Maher (UK – U2, The Killers, Maximo Park)
Statues & Ornaments is available on the Silent Runners Bandcamp and all streaming platforms.
SILENT RUNNERS BIOGRAPHY
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, going 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.