Triggered by Texan expat, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Leopold Oakes, Luzern, Switzerland-based, Indie Post Punkers Laddermen, took shape in 2019 with the addition of local musicians Simon Schurtenberger (Drums), and Sebastian Meyer (Keys, Baritone Guitar, Percussions). The band have just dropped the soul-stirring single “Welcome to the 20s”, the second preview from the upcoming debut album “Special Kind of Violence” to be released over the year on Waterfall of Colours, accompanied by an evocative video created by Matt Freund, featuring Patricia Gracia Pekas.
Harsh, nostalgic strings scrape reverbed friction into the sentimental longings of vigorous, inflamed male vocals underpinned by sinuously rubbery, wistful bass pulses and syncopated clanking drum beats, while distant distorted recordings instil paranoid fear into the intoxicating layers of ringing chords and bleeding guitar riffs, waxing and waning narcotically amid the numb frosty blows of keyboard notes.
Bleak and hostile textures weave a vintage house fire footage with a smoky lounge performance to elicit subconscious fear and latent melancholy. Windblown blazes ignite possessed obsessions from a young family, as charred remains, cyclones of smoke swirls, and destructive tendencies reveal Fate’s twisted hand. Obscure stage performance swept in sexy, brooding dark passions draws a rare hypnotic intensity, while stylish fashion and up-close camera angles capture a retro-futuristic charm from the set to form an emotional and turbulent surreality of gripping depth.
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