VNV Nation pull out of the Alliance of Sound Tour


VNV Nation posted earlier this morning that due to unspecified reasong (later clarified that it was not health realated), they’ve dropped out of the tour.

VNV Nation

For those unfamiliar with the Alliance of Sound, it was a North American tour uniting top acts in the various sub-genres of electro industrial music.  Skinny Puppy, VNV Nation, Haujobb, & Youth Code. I was already undecided about going to this show when it came to my town.  I do love seeing Skinny Puppy live, but without VNV Nation, I’m now less inclined to go.

Here is the full text of the announcement from the VNV facebook page, link at the bottom.

With great regret, we have to let you know that, VNV Nation have pulled out of the Alliance of Sound Tour.

Due to a problematic situation, that had unexpectedly worsened in recent weeks, and which was likely to continue doing so, the band and crew deliberated over how to proceed before unanimously coming to the very reluctant decision that the appropriate course of action would be to pull out of the tour.

To all the VNV Nation fans who have bought tickets for this tour, we sincerely apologise for this news, which we know will upset many people. A decision like this is never lightly made and it has pained us greatly to have had to do this. We had been very much looking forward to doing this tour and had planned a great set and show but the situation that had caused us to make this decision had made matters too problematic to continue.

Ronan and Mark

[Added later] P.S. To answer the large number of people who have expressed concern about whether the situation is related to anyone’s wellbeing – we can assure you that it is most definitely not health related.


Bandcamp and the Birthday Massacre


I’m trying to rebuild my primary computer after the C drive died.  (Thank the Maker that I keep most of my files on external drives and back them all up.)  I still don’t have my music library up and running on it yet, so while restoring files, I went over to Bandcamp to find something to listen to.  I saw The Birthday Massacre have a new album, Superstition, coming out on 11/11/14.  You can pre-order it now on the Metropolis Records Bandcamp page.

If you’re not familiar with Bandcamp and you’re lover of the less than mainstream music, you should go check them out.  I’ve found it to be a great place to discover bands I didn’t know I was missing out on.  It offers free streaming of the full tracks on most songs so you can try before you buy.  When you do buy, you have your choice of file format.  They offer MP3 VBR & MP3 320 on the low end up to FLAC & ALAC on the high end.  All files are DRM free.  And if streaming is your thing, once purchased, they offer unlimited streaming to your device through their app.  But what I especially like is that the musicians get 90% of the sale.  From what I’ve read, that’s well above what they get from Amazon, Google & iTunes sales.  I’ve also read that musicians get practically nothing from streaming services like Spotify & Pandora.

I also saw that they’re re-releasing Mythmaker by Skinny Puppy in a Deluxe Edition that adds a few remixes.  Mythmaker also come out on 11/11/14.