Now, for this "More Fans Monday," straight from my personal favorites playlist, And One.
And One is a German Futurepop and EBM band founded by Steve Naghavi and Chris Ruiz in '89. I stumbled upon them in the delirium-filled hours between late night and early morning a couple of years ago and I've been mildly obsessed ever since.
|Okay, I've been totally obsessed.|
Not only are their songs completely catchy, but they fit in nicely with both the Futurepop and Minimalist Techno subcultures - both of which are amazing and addictive. And One's music is simplistic in the very best way. The best Futurepop comes from Germany (where we all know this type of music is pretty much religion), and as the inventors, they understand that it's best when kept simple and traditional with real talent involved - no laptops.
The song here is one of my all-time favorite And One songs. I listen to it when I work, when I am sleeping, and when I am doing anything creative.
The Great Commandment comes from their album, Bodypop 1½ (2009) and is a cover of the original song by Camouflage - another amazing German band I have a "mild" obsession with. I suppose they get the credit for the original score but, in my humble opinion, And One does it greater justice.
|If you want to catch them live and you live in Germany, you're in luck! Here are their tour dates. Yes, you read that right; that is 2013!|
Saturday, 5 October 2013 at 19:00 in UTC+02
Saturday, 19 October 2013 at 19:00 in UTC+02
Sunday, 27 October 2013 at 19:00 in UTC+01
Saturday, 9 November 2013 at 19:00 in UTC+01
Saturday, 16 November 2013 at 19:00 in UTC+01
Saturday, 30 November 2013 at 19:00 in UTC+01
AND ONE - ABSCHIEDSTOUR 2013 (Set B) - Berlin
Friday, 13 December 2013
Eventually - after their first single came out - Komor became a permanent fixture, and the two were later joined by Christian Lund in 2000, filling out the last spot in this group.
The song featured here, Access and Amplify, gives a nice, deep look into the type of Futurepop/EBM they put out there - mostly upbeat industrial cyberpunk with familiar rave beats and synth. It the first song of theirs that I've heard when I discovered them in 2010. At first, I didn't like them very much, but the disorienting early hour of the morning and the fact that they'd been playing in the background for two straight hours kind of made them grow on me. Since then, I've heard them at multiple raves all across the Southeastern US.
Icon of Coil Discography
|Icon of Coil is also currently on tour in North America. Below are the tour dates. Don't miss them if you have the chance!|
Sep 07 Philadelphia, PA @ I Love Industrial
Sep 08 New York, NY @ Cybertron
Sep 09 Ann Arbor, MI @ Necto
Sep 10 Columbus, OH @ Skully's
Sep 11 Milwaukee, WI @ Club Anything
Sep 12 Minneapolis, MN @ Ground Zero
Sep 14 Denver, CO @ Deathwish
Sep 15 Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
Sep 17 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sep 18 Portland, OR @ The Fez Ballroom
Sep 19 San Francisco, CA @ The DNA Lounge
Sep 20 Special Event TBA
Sep 21 Los Angeles, CA @ Das Bunker
Sep 22 Phoenix AZ
Sep 24 Austin, TX @ Elysium
Sep 26 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
Sep 27 Indianapolis, IN
Sep 28 Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 30 The Gothic Cruise (with VNV Nation, Aesthetic Perfection & :SITD:)