18 February 2015

Ladytron featured on TEC's Favourite 30 Favourite Gigs 2010-2014 list

Ladytron at The Forum (2011)

Korg is a four letter word… but then so is love. Ladytron pulled off that rare feat of being an electronic based act that appealed to rockers, emos, indie kids and synthpopsters alike. Their only UK gig of 2011 was drawn from all of their albums.

Mira Aroyo's distinctive Bulgarian over the mechanical buzz of "True Mathematics", a fabulously frantic cover of Death in June's "Little Black Angel" and old favourite "Discotraxx" with its repeated claptrap fill were key show highlights.

And to finish, there was the magnificent "Destroy Everything You Touch". Totally glorious and sensational, the mind blowing synchronised laser display and strobes totally complimented what has always sounded like the backing to a "cold war" rave.


14 February 2015

Reuben Wu collaborated on Tesla electric car ad

Executive Producer: Dallas Carroll
Producer: Dallas Carroll (Digital Giant), Kendra Wester (Damon Productions/Square Planet Media)
Director: Alex Pickup & Dallas Carroll with Reuben Wu
Camera Car and Studio DOP: Tim Damon
Editor: Eron Otcasek
Grading: Reuben Wu, Alex Pickup, Dallas Carroll
Sound Design: Eron Otcasek, Reuben Wu, Digital Giant
Music Score: Reuben Wu with Dallas Carroll
Motion Graphics: Chistoffer Bjerre
Camera Services : Industrial Digital
1st AC: Jeff McCoy
2nd Unit: Reuben Wu, Anthony Dias
Digital Tech: John Rinek, Anthony Dias
Camera Rigger: Keith Sherins,
Remote Control HDRI Camera Operator: Keith Sherins

13 February 2015

Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo featured on TEC's Favourite 30 Albums 2010-2014 list

Marnie's album Crystal World featured on The Electricity Club's Favourite 30 Albums 2010-2014 list. There's also mentioned Mira Aroyo's collaboration with John Foxx & The Maths on their album Interplay. Unfortunately TEC didn't include Ladytron's fifth album, Gravity the Seducer.

Marnie - Crystal World

With Ladytron in hiatus, Helen Marnie set out "to create an electronic album with more of a pop element and pristine vocals" for her first solo record. Vocally and musically expansive like an Arctic escapist fantasy, this objective was achieved with Crystal World with the classic pop of ABBA and Mama Cass obviously apparent as well as Marnie"s love of fellow weegies Chvrches.

The brilliant launch single "The Hunter" was the vibrant electropop single that Ladytron never quite got round to releasing while there were other shining jewels like "Hearts On Fire", "We Are the Sea", "High Road" and "Sugarland". Meanwhile, "The Wind Breezes On" was Marnie"s own "Love Is a Stranger" while the neo-acappella "Laura" sat as a lush centrepiece to the collection.

John Foxx & The Maths - Interplay

"Interplay" was possibly John Foxx's most complete and accessible body of work since his classic Metamatic. Together with Chief Mathematician and synth collector extraordinaire Benge aka The Maths, the use of vintage electronics with modern recording techniques captured a mechanised charm while simultaneously adding a correlative warmth.

Among the realised examples of this fresh approach were the feisty "Catwalk", the electro-folkisms of "Evergreen" and the eerie "The Running Man". One of the stand-out tracks "Watching a Building On Fire" featured Mira Aroyo of Ladytron and was perfectly dystopian, while the title track and closer "The Good Shadow" both added a subtle atmospheric quality to proceedings.


12 February 2015

Reuben Wu - The Northernmost

Music and video: Reuben Wu.

11 February 2015

"Wolves" to be released on 7" vinyl

On the Record Store Day 2015 (18 April), Helen Marnie will release the single "Wolves" on 7" vinyl through Les Disques du Crépuscule.

The vinyl is limited to 500 copies and has the catalog code TWI 1165. The B-side of the single features a driving analog remix of "Wolves" by Greek synthpop duo Marsheaux.

According to Helen: "The song reflects the sea of change that is people power. Where there is power, there is resistance".

"Wolves" is an electro ballad produced by Jonny Scott (The Kills, Strike the Colours).


10 February 2015

Marnie salutes the Peruvian fans

Helen Marnie will perform at Blue Festival (Lima, Peru) on 30 April 2015.

07 February 2015

23 January 2015

Sunday Mail interview (2008)

The Beat Goes Tron

Ladytron singer Mira Aroyo quit science to hit the stage with Helen Marnie, Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu - and reveals here why it was the best move she ever made.

Why is the album called Velocifero?

It means carrier of speed. It was the title of a track which didn't make it on the album but we liked the name so much we kept it. Scooters and pushbikes also go by the name. We Googled it and found it was also the title of a 19th-century Italian opera. We just liked it because of the speed of velocity.

What's the inspiration behind it?

To do something more diverse and better. That's all really, otherwise it's just the same inspiration for all the things we do. We want to make songs we enjoy and like playing and hopefully other people will enjoy them. We've been going for eight years and I don't think we would have if we weren't pushing forward. I'm happy with the album. I guess it's natural to think it's your favourite because it's the last one you have done.

What was it like recording in Paris?

We went straight from touring in America to recording. One of the studios we were in was underneath a big theatre where they record people like Charles Aznavour. Duran Duran recorded Rio there. It was funny doing it with people who were not English-speaking. Funny but nice.

You are originally from Bulgaria. Do you get back home much?

We've played there twice. I have to go quite often because my grandma and uncle are there. It was pretty amazing to play there because I think people appreciated it.

Do you get nervous playing at home?

My home town now is London. It's where my friends are. It's always stressful because you have to make sure everyone is OK. It's like it's your party and you never get to enjoy it much because you are pouring drinks and stuff.

How did the band meet?

Through friends. Helen was at university in Liverpool, where Danny and Reuben are from. They were on the music scene. They were DJing and we met through mutual friends.

Your fellow vocalist, Helen, is from Scotland. Do you visit here much?

I love coming to Scotland. We've played at Oran Mor in Glasgow a few times and it's one of our favourite venues in the UK. Because Helen is from Glasgow, she goes there all the time. She has a flat there as well.

You were a geneticist. How did you get into music?

We've all been very passionate about music and I was a DJ before but I never thought it would be a career. We all had jobs when we started Ladytron then little by little we ditched them. I was a geneticist doing a PhD and realising lab work wasn't for me. We were doing Ladytron at the same time and I was enjoying it more. It was easier and more fun.

Is there anyone you'd like to work with?

We are really interested in during more film soundtrack stuff. Stay at home, less touring, more soundtracks. The director who did the video for our single Ghosts is a big Ladytron fan and he has some scripts that he is hoping to start on next year. He has asked us to work on the music.

Any favourite films?

I'm obsessed by films so there are lots of favourites but I really like Watership Down, David Lynch films and lots of horror films.

What's your favourite way to spend a Sunday?

In summer, I like to go to a nice park, cycle around or have a picnic on a boat or a barge. Right now, that would be nice.