Many thanks to everyone who supported Disjecta Membra and The Infancy Gospels EP in 2016, and a Happy New Year to all for 2017.
In 2016, The Infancy Gospels made End of Year lists from Gothic Rock Magazine (Finland), Semana Gótica de Madrid and Virus G Zine (Spain), Sound In The Attic (Bahrain), DJ Nightmare 666 (RadioActive.fm, New Zealand), and was named ‘Album of the Week’ by German music site/label Another Cold World. We hit the Hot 100 on 4ZZZ FM (Brisbane, Australia), and were thrilled to top the Six Noises EOY list for New Zealand offbeat, alternative and experimental releases.
In musical circles, the endorsement of some of our favourite artists has been especially gratifying. Simon Hinkler (The Mission) and Joshua Strawn (Azar Swan) both identified the "gothic folk"/"sea-shanty" of 'Cernunnos' as their favourite track; Josh describing the EP as "very courageous... every song keeps me on my toes!". Andee Blacksugar (Black Sugar Transmission/Peter Murphy), said we'd "hit the ball out of the park with the new EP - fucking well done!". Chris McCarter told IKON's followers, "They've really covered all bases with this one here. Something for everyone and more. Great work indeed!", and Marc Jones of Strap On Halo reminded us that Disjecta Membra were "without a doubt, my favourite band".
Songs from The Infancy Gospels received (and continue to receive) airplay throughout New Zealand, Australia, North and South America, the UK, Europe, Russia and further afield. The “spiky post-punk” immediacy of ‘Lilītu’ has proven the hands-down favourite with broadcasters – Mick Mercer (UK) calling it simply “Fantastic!”; while the synth-driven ‘Madeleine! Madelaine!’ has been cutting a path through club dancefloors of the US, UK and Europe. At the time of writing, we look forward to revealing more about inroads the EP has made for us lately in the NYC scene in particular.
Among reviewers, the EP garnered frequent praise for the level of musicianship and diverse stylistic range on display. Many thanks to those who took the time to listen closely and share their insights. Here are some short extracts:
“The Infancy Gospels is DM’s culmination of a continual evolution that has seen the band stretch out across a range of stylistic tangents, always anchored by the commanding baritone of vocalist/guitarist Michel Rowland. This range is wholly evident and on display in this EP, with the band exploring a remarkable amount of territory for such a truncated set.” – Collide Art and Culture, Australia
“I’m a little reluctant to call it goth, or even stick the ubiquitous “deathrock” tag on it, because neither of those labels do the music of Disjecta Membra any justice whatsoever… the Wellington-based masters of the dark arts are keen to expand the band’s palette, and this EP appears to represent a genuine cross-pollination of ideas and genres.” – Everythingsgonegreen, NZ
“The evidently correct cross of New Zealand post-Xpressway noise and the excessively musicianly variety of goth… They have and try to have some stylistic range. This succeeds.” – Rocknerd, UK
“The Infancy Gospels reveals a band in motion, with Disjecta Membra expanding their sound and taking risks on their most diverse recording yet... Twenty-three years and innumerable hurdles later, Disjecta Membra are seeking out fresh artistic challenges, while still creating haunting, original music.” – Six Noises, NZ
Many, many thanks are of course also due to everyone who supported us by coming to our shows and/or buying the EP. We were pleasantly surprised to see the bulk of orders shipping out to the US, Germany and the UK, and equally delighted to receive orders from places as far-flung as Hong Kong, Russia and Romania.
There were plenty of other highlights for 2016, of course. These included long-time bassist Jaz Murphy rejoining us onstage in July for the first time since 2007; getting to support The Mission on the New Zealand leg of their 30th Anniversary World Tour in November; playing with some of our favourite local artists like AMY_cin and HEX; a number of productive recording sessions and collaborations on new, still-to-be-released material; and making a ton of new friends and followers both at home and far away.
Physical CD copies of The Infancy Gospels EP are currently out of stock, having sold out just one week from the official launch date (17 November). A Second Edition pressing will be available for advance ordering later this month (January 2017), and a digital download-only version is available from bandcamp in the interim.
Our first release for 2017 is a split-CD with our friends IKON (Melbourne) and Sounds Like Winter (Sydney), commemorating our two New Zealand shows together this coming February. The new nine-track album features three new, exclusive/previously unreleased tracks apiece from each of the three bands. Copies of the CD along with tickets to the Auckland and Wellington shows can be ordered now, exclusively from Undertheradar.co.nz
Many thanks again to all who supported Disjecta Membra in 2016, and here’s to a Happy 2017.
– Michel, Jaz and Kane