INVSN’s latest album, The Beautiful Stories, is affecting people in ways that the band hoped for, but could not have fully anticipated. The world that this collection of music is being released into has been shaken, but itis not yet fully shattered. Itis wounded, but hopeful for recovery. It has been taken down a notch or two by grief, and strife, and discord, but as with many other grim points in history - new lows often lead to greater highs. The Beautiful Storiesis the soundtrack toall of this, and it’s exactly what music lovers need right now as they attempt to make sense ofanincreasingly maddening world. Set tobe released on June 9 via Dine Alone Records, this is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled 2013 album. While it’s their second album under the name INVSN, the members (Dennis Lyxzen - Vocals, Sara Almgren - Bass & Vocals, Anders Stenberg - Guitar & Keyboards, Andre Sandström - Drums & Percussion, Christina Karlsson - Keyboards & Vocals) have a his-tory that dates back as far as 1999 when they recorded and performed under the name Lost Patrol Band. “Me, Andre, and Anders have been playing together for many years now,” Dennis Lyxzen said during a call from his home in Sweden to discuss the new release. “Wereleased two albums, He-la Världen Brinner (2010), Saker Som Jag Sagt Till Natten (2011), under the name Invasionen, and then changed itto INVSN in 2013. This one (The Beautiful Stories) is the first one we’ve done only in English.”Prior to forming INVSN Dennis spent many years as the lead vocalist for Refused, and was also a key member of The (International) Noise Conspiracy. Sara Almgren, who joined the band in2011, was also a member of The (International) Noise Conspiracy aside from being in The Doughnuts - the first all-female straight-edge band in Sweden. Anders Stenberg is best known for being a touring member of Lykke Li’s band. Christina Karlsson has performed with Frida Selander, Tiger Forest Cat and Honungsvägen, and Andre Sandström bookends the overall hard-core discography of the group with his experience touring withDS-13, The Vicious, and UxVileheads. Coming from the backgrounds that they do you would expect the music of INVSN tobe harder than nails, but here they choose a more subtle path, wrapping difficult themes in beautiful melo-dies and songwriting, such as with the album’s first single, “Immer Zu,” which is used as an out-let for the women in the band to directly address the patriarchal society we’re all (regardless ofgender) living in and struggling against. Recorded with Adam “Atom” Greenspan, The Beautiful Storiesis what Dennis refers toas the band’s “first real attempt” and it touches upon many im-portant themes ranging from politics, to feminism. “The world is a really fucked up place right now so there is loads of stuff to make right,” Sara Almgren said via email when asked about the album’s themes. “Music has always been a way offighting back for me.”
Christina Karlsson Lundström (AKA, Kicki) added “What I think and what the songs stand for isnot that important, it's what you hear as a listener and how you reflect on yourself that matters. No matter what the issue is about, the important thing is that you can receive a message and make something good out of it.”Getting something transformative and emotionally repairing out ofThe Beautiful Storiesis a sure thing. Each listen reveals layers of hopefulness that canbe pulled from as needed. In times ofcrisis, music has always served as a healing balm and, as addressed in the second single, “I Dreamt Music,” this world may be devoid of meaning, but music will always mean something.


American Primitive are proud to announce the sophomore release from Winkie, titled “Come To My Party”, on February 19th. it was mixed by Joe Cardamone of The Icarus Line and mastered at Valley Recording Company. It’s available digitally as well as on 150 gram black vinyl (limited to 300, silk screened jacket, hand numbered & with download code) via the bands bandcamp page and at Norman records in the UK.

WINKIE is not here to bring you rainbows. That is a promise. Their sound and live performances have been repeatedly likened to a strobe light induced club meltdown and, to paraphrase a previous review, there are moments that make you feel a bit like you’re simultaneously experiencing a catastrophic hangover while lying in a pool of that stuff you roll on your forehead to relieve headaches.

What began as a film scoring project and alias used by Peter Santiago and Gina Spiteri, WINKIE (the name lifted straight out of a scene in a David Lynch movie) evolved into an actual ‘band’ when the two realized that they were still writing songs after the credits rolled. And those songs became the band's first album “One Day We Pretended to Be Ghosts” which was mastered by Oliver Ackermann of A Place To Bury Strangers and released in 2013. The sold out limited release was a best seller at Norman Records and received support from KXLU’s Part Time Punks, DKFM, WFKU and WFMU. They’ve shared stages with Xeno & Oaklander, Vaniish, Pill, LODRO, Vowws, Parlor Walls and DOOMSQUAD. In March 2015, Winkie contributed a track to the well-received “Leave Them All Behind — A Tribute To Ride” which also included covers by Oliver Ackermann and Ceremony.

And now this New York based duo are back to follow up their remarkable debut with a new album that assure us the best road traveled is always the bleakest one. For their second ride they’ve enlisted the help of The Icarus Line’s Joe Cardamone who knows a thing or two about driving straight into the eye of a storm. The band’s sound brings about comparisons to Christian Death, early-era Swans, Malaria!, X-Mal Deutschland, Cranes, Killing Joke, Curve, My Bloody Valentine by way of soft, sullenly sweet vocals weaving in and out of a minefield of fuzz drenched drone. All brought to you with no guitars. It’s a cheerless desolate soundtrack for the desperate.



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