1. A DEAD FOREST INDEX are Adam Sherry (voice, guitar) and Sam Sherry (drums, voice) from Auckland, New Zealand, currently living in London.

    Early on, brothers Adam and Sam Sherry developed a passion for Romanian band Taraf De Haidouks. After the death of violinist and leader Nicolai Nescu, Adam traveled across Europe to follow the band. Inspired by their emotional and esoteric music, he and Sam formed minimalist duo A Dead Forest Index during a period of living in Melbourne.

    Citing travel as a unique influence on their work, the music of A Dead Forest Index is centered around the voice : androgynous, lyrical, with a singularity between Scott Walker and Nico. Always leaving room for silence, they write possessing songs with a percussive deliberation and depth, reminiscent of Michael Gira from Swans, looking back towards a past, beautiful and lost, like the imagery of distant shores of New Zealand they left behind.

    After a series of shows supporting Savages in the UK, Europe and Australia, Pop Noire couple Jehnny Beth (lead singer of Savages) and producer Johnny Hostile fell in love with their music and decided to make ‘Cast Of Lines’ the third official release on their independent label Pop Noire records.

    Their new EP ‘Cast Of Lines’ is out June 2nd.

    “Listening to A Dead Forest Index is to hear words traversing a landscape, built on repetition and description, which is at once elusive but also so certain. The sound is beautiful and captivating, with a very human heaviness and escaping any particular genre. These are songs that are to be listened to over and over, building on themselves each time.” Gemma Thompson (Savages)

     
  2. Do you want to hear amazing new music? Discover A DEAD FOREST INDEX
    new EP ‘Cast of lines’ / out 2nd of June on POP NOIRE records
    http://popnoire.myshopify.com/collections/catalogue/products/a-dead-forest-index-cast-of-lines

     

  3. Celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Savages debut album ‘Silence Yourself’, this is the 6th episode of POP NOIRE Radio concentrating this time on the concept of Silence.

    Transcending all genres and time, Silence has a profound impact on the conception of music. Jehnny Beth goes on a journey to find out what’s so important about it.

    Featuring : Simon & Garfunkel, ESG, Einsturzende Neubauten, The xx, Nina Simone, James Blake, David Axelrod, Miles Davis, The Gun Club, PJ Harvey…

    also : extract from “24 hour party people” + interview of John Cale and Johnny Hostile

    Introduction music by Duke Garwood.
    Special thanks to Johnny Hostile for his editorial inspiration and mixing, as usual.

     
  4. If you’re having a bad day…

     
     

  5. Ahead of the 2 Pop Noire nights curated by Savages happening at the beginning of May in London, this is the new episode of Jehnny Beth’s Radio show presenting some of the bands performing on these nights and concentrating on music she has been discovering while on tour.

    Featuring: No Bra, HTRK, Mount Kimbie, Atlas Sound, ZZZ’s, A Dead Forest Index, Le Vasco and Jimmy Scott.

    POP NOIRE NIGHTS :

    5th May @ Shacklewell Arms (£6 entry)
    https://www.facebook.com/events/235706716614238/
    ZZZ’s
    A Dead Forest Index
    Bashan (Gemma Thompson - Savages)
    Savages (DJ set)

    6th May @ Birthdays (free entry)
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1473969342815859/
    Le Vasco
    Johnny Hostile & Jehnny Beth (electronic set)
    Le Vasco
    Sable Noir
    Romy xx (DJ set)

    Introduction words by Charles Bukowski on a music by Duke Garwood.
    Photo by Jonathan Pilkington www.jonathanpilkington.com

     
  6. DON’T LET THE FUCKERS GET YOU DOWN

     
  7. PHOTO BY RACHEL LIPSITZ FOR CLASH MAGAZINE.
    PHOTO BY RACHEL LIPSITZ FOR CLASH MAGAZINE.

    Hannah Marshall is a young designer who worked with Savages on creating a series of shirts for stage performance.

    (Source: hannahmarshallworld)

     

  8. SAVAGES tour manager Andy Inglis has been keeping a diary while on the road. It’s a good read and it will take you inside the European tour.
    Toulouse, Barcelona, Madrid, Porto, Milan, Roma, Bologna, Prague, Warsaw, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen…

     
  9. My favourite band HTRK are coming back with a new album.

    Read more and pre-order here : http://www.theghostlystore.com/products/htrk-psychic-9-5-club
     

  10. DEATH AND SHOWBUSINESS

    In this article, The Guardian published an extract from the book written by the former owner of the London Brixton Academy, Simon Parkes, who explains that he managed to make a profit after Kurt Covain’s death by inciting fans and collectors to pay up to £350 for a ticket of the cancelled show.

    I don’t know this man, I have never met him. I know he’s published a book about his life, his input in rock ’n’ roll history and friendship with the stars (a movie is apparently being considered). All of this is true I am sure and he must have done some good work. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me he was a nice man, a clever man certainly. But that’s not really the question here.

    What interest me in the excerpt published by The Guardian is the way Parkes explains how he managed to turn the situation around after Cobain’s suicide (thousands of tickets to refund, a quarter of a million pounds in the hole…) from financial loss to economic profit. I was surprised no-one commented on the general tone of the text and cold approach to the situation.

    Showbiz is showbiz. Death is death. Right. But when the two are suddenly holding hands, the story starts to become a little depressing, at least to my eyes.

    This story is actually a great reminder of the state of mind one needs to adopt in order to ‘make it’ in showbusiness. I can hear and read a lot of people impressed by Simon Parkes’ successful business instinct and genius to save his business. I understand. It is impressive indeed, even to me, how detached one must become in order to survive. After all, we are all animals. Parkes’ reaction doesn’t really differ from jungle survival stories you can read about at the Natural History Museum. He had to do what he had to do, to guarantee the survival of his tribe. Understandable in a country where the State doesn’t invest in its live music venues.

    I understand the need to get his money back. But did he really need to make a profit? And then boast about it in a book? Someone died; a brilliant musician who killed himself partly because he was evolving in a soulless business, surrounded by business pricks ready to capitalise and unable to understand his music. If you just listen to this wonderful interview of Steve Albini (here: http://vishkhanna.com/2013/08/16/ep-24-steve-albini/) where he explains “the mostly good but surprisingly sad and surreal” making of ‘In Utero’, you can start imagining what it was really like. They didn’t care if he died as long as they could make money off it. In 2014, we all know that was true.

    So I don’t know what kind of man Parkes truly is, but that’s not the point, I am not here to judge him. All I know is that show-business is capable of turning the most human of us into a soulless prick. That’s all I know for sure.