The Bellwether Syndicate w/ Autumn / The Siren Project / DJ Bloodline

The Bellwether Syndicate

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." – George Orwell

Released in 2013, The Night Watch is the debut EP from The Bellwether Syndicate, a group of Chicago-based operatives of the sonic avant-garde, intent on speaking truth to power with a sharp tongue.

Fronted by veteran artist William Faith (of Faith and the Muse) and Sarah Rose (aka DJ Scary Lady Sarah), The Bellwether Syndicate are, as illustrated by their debut, coloring outside of prescribed genre lines, choosing here to push the boundaries of style and substance into something relevant and vital.

Kicking it all off is "All Fire," casting the band as prophets of the descent, with a vocal call to arms for the disaffected and downtrodden, all set to a combustible blend of sharp synths, droning dark-indie guitars and a glam-slam beat. The EP's title track, "The Night Watch," takes it up a notch, moving on from stoking dissenting fires to documenting and outing the corruption of our modern institutions, heeding the call to "become the media," broadcasting seeds of hope and change on the late-night wind, over a dynamic and driving blast of post-punk sound and fury. "101: Go" is a hedonistic romp through the glory of live rock and roll as we all know and love it -- hard, fast and visceral; this is the soundtrack to getting ready to go out for the night, doing your hair in the mirror with a wry grin, knowing that you'll be coming home spent, sore, and infinitely richer for the experience, all wailing riffs and pulsing beats to make the point, with Faith's voice moving from a sexy croon to commanding scream just in case you didn't get it. "Translucent" eases the tempo via a lush landscape of cascading shoegaze guitars, slinky bass lines and shuffling drums, with an introspective lyrical turn by William on love and the human condition, never quite sure of what someone else sees in us, and striving to be deserving of such gifts. The EP closes with "You Can See Through Me," a shimmering slice of pure dream-pop featuring the haunting vocals of Sarah Rose, evoking an atmosphere of love letters written on perfumed paper, while bright, crystalline melodies chime away en route to the big finish of this fragile but beautiful moment.

The Night Watch boasts rich production and pristine sonics, produced by The Bellwether Syndicate, recorded by William Faith at his Zone ø Studio, mixed by Chicago's New Canyons and mastered by Adam Stilson at the duo's Undertone facility in the Windy City.

While the music is written and recorded by William and Sarah, the live show features collaborators Philly Peroxide (keyboards/percussion), Paul Sin (bass) and Faith's long-time drummer Stevyn Grey. The Bellwether Syndicate present a powerful and commanding live performance, where the sound and substance of the recorded work truly comes to life; where the art is made whole by the audience -- and this is a band that knows how to connect with its audience: not a typical fan base, but an engaged and invested network of family and familiars spanning the globe.

With a handful of well-received live shows in their wake, The Bellwether Syndicate are currently beginning production on the video for the song "The Night Watch," which will be followed by more touring, and a new recording project on its' heels.

Are you on The Night Watch?

"autumn’s music sounds as fresh as ever... underlin(ing) the dark emotional underbelly of alternative music, finding a sweet spot between post-punk, ethereal wave, and shimmery goth rock." - Big Takeover Magazine

Between the lost promises of summer and the bitter austerity of winter lives the time between; the shorter, pallid days, the dying leaves, the melancholic reflection of time as it passes… This pensive time between has been evoked and pondered in the words of poets ranging from Yeats to Keats, and once again it finds sublime expression in the lush, passionate, melodic, dark pop of autumn.

Autumn is Julie Plante (vocals), Jeff Leyda (bass), and Neil McKay (guitars). Forming in Minneapolis in 1994, autumn has always sought to create melodies that get the listener to feel something deeply, that have the ability to haunt you in some way after the fact. The band released two albums on Tess Records - "the hating tree" (1996) and "return to the breath" (1999), with accompanying tours in support of each album before taking an extended hiatus.

"the fall" is the band's brand-new 3-song single, produced by William Faith and released on Sett Records. Leading off with the track “the fall” the band inhabit the onerous tension between ire and loss, with vocalist Julie Plante spitting “I saw the light, and it was not where I needed it to be” over the haunting guitar refrains of Neil McKay and Jeff Leyda’s serpentine bass work, driving the beat onward.

The single will soon follow up with a video for lead track “the fall” and a new full length album, titled "chandelier", slated for release on February 14, 2018. Touring should follow, both in the USA and abroad.

The Siren Project

The Siren Project surrounds the lush and sensuously edgy vocals of the lead singer, Malgorzata Wacht who together with keyboardist Alex Seminara bring a fresh approach to songwriting. Their style is strong and different from most of what is offered today. The haunting melodies intertwine through simple rhythms and subtle riffs bringing appeal to a wide range of music lovers. Malgorzatas voice richly paints a portrait within each song and conveys her emotions with amazing aptitude, piercing your heart as she moves effortlessly from deep darkness to a solid soprano sunshine. They lead the listener on a journey wrought with aural pleasures.

The Siren Project has opened for national acts such as: Faith and Muse and Rasputina. They have also performed before 20,000 people for the Colorado A.I.D.S. walk and donated their time to fundraise for the Diabetes Foundation at Heavenly Daze Brewery. The Siren Project preformed in several Denver Dark Arts Festivals while promoting Denver scene. As a result, the band released the track Shelter on the Denver Dark Arts Festival Compilation. This track again was released shortly after on another compilation titled, A Family Affair.

Malgorzata and Alex contributed their music to a double disk project titled, Education in Infestation. This collaborative effort features notable visual artists and musicians such as H.R. Giger, Clive Barker, Joe Coleman, Jello Biafra, Johnette Napolitano and Gwar. The proceeds raised benefit A.I.D.S. awareness organizations across the U.S. Malgorzata has also lent her vocal abilities to bands like Fiction 8 and The Witching Hour. Alex’s background includes bands such as Contingence, Gibraultur and Rorschach Test.

2014 – Malgorzata sang, “Grey”, on Velvet Acid Christ’s record “Subconscious Landscapes” released on Metropolis. As a result Bryan Erickson asked Wacht to join his European tour. With Velvet Acid Christ she performed live the following songs: Grey, Slut, Dilaudid, Taste the Sin, and Barbed Wired Garden.

October 2015 – The Siren Project released their first full length Record, “Denouement” produced and mixed by Bryan Erickson and The Siren Project then mastered by Todd Loomis of The Twilight Garden. The band was asked to join Velvet Acid Christ as an opening act in various cities to support the release of their record.

February 2016 – The Siren Project was chosen to compose an all original score for the motion picture, “A Song for The Living”, by producer Emanuel Isler who was recently involved with Fear Clinic and the Charnel House. Currently The Siren Project is working on their second album, Foreshadow, and is expected to be released by the end of 2016.

DJ Bloodline

Old Skool Goth, Industrial, EBM, Synth, 80s



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