Whispering Sons – Image

Belgian post-punk outfit Whispering Sons present their long-awaited debut album ‘Image’. Comprised of ten tracks, this album is being released via Cleopatra Records in North America and Smile Records in Europe. Just ahead of this release, the band offer a preview of their track ‘Stalemate’.

Whispering Sons is Sander Hermans (synth), Fenne Kuppens (vocals), Kobe Lijnen (guitar), Sander Pelsmaekers (drums) and Tuur Vandeborne (bass). The band just wrapped up a mini-tour with The Soft Moon, but look forward to a series of shows with Gang of Four and headlining a series of European live dates in November in support of this album.

This is the first major release for this Brussels-based outfit since their ‘Endless Party’ EP in 2015. This new release represents what the band describes as a “giant leap forward”. Together with producer Micha Volders and engineer/co-producer Bert Vliegen, the band used their time in the studio as a means to broaden their sound, enriching it with acoustic drums and a whole range of synthesizers.

This album, recorded over a period of ten days at GAM Studios in Belgium, evokes an atmosphere that is ominous and urging, while capturing the band’s live intensity. Mixed by Bert Libeert (Goose, B, Raving George – Charlotte de Witte) at Jetson Studio and mastered by Frederik Dejongh (Hooverphonic) at Jerboa Mastering, this work is tinged with angst and isolation. Lyrically these songs stem from alienation, distance and inertia.

The songs on ‘Image’ were written after the band collectively moved to Brussels in 2016. Between intense touring, they channeled their new ideas into the music found on this album. Feeding on the dynamics of the city, the tracks unveil feelings of alienation and distance. ‘Image’ is a motionless state, in which observations overshadow actions. It reflects the artificiality of things, yet still desperately clings on to ideals and obsessions, something which is also strengthened by the cover artwork, created of Flor Maesen.

Whispering Sons won Belgium’s prestigious Rock Rally in 2016, the same national contest that launched the career of dEUS. Since then they released several 7 inches – ‘Performance/Strange Identities’ (2016) and ‘White Noise’ (2017), and the ‘Endless Party’ EP. Touring extensively in Europe, they’ve developed a reputation for their animated performances.

As of October 19, the ‘Image’ LP will be available everywhere, but it can also be ordered via Cleopatra Records on CD and also digitally via Bandcamp.

On Saturday, October 20 at 8pm Belgian time / 2pm Eastern time / 11am Pacific time, fans can enjoy a live stream of the band’s sold out concert at Brussels’ Ancienne Belgique via their website or watch directly on Facebook.

TRACK LIST
1. Stalemate
2. Got A Light
3. Alone
4. Skin
5. No Time
6. Fragments
7. Hollow
8. Waste
9. Dense
10. No Image

CREDITS
Music and words by Whispering Sons
Produced by Micha Volders Engineered
Co-produced by Bert Vliegen
Mixed by Bert Libeert (Safari Studios) at Jetson Studio
Mastered by Jerboa Mastering
Cover Art by Flor Maesen
Layout/Design by Anne De Boeck

TOUR DATES
Nov. 21   Paris, France – Olympic Café
Nov. 24   Turin, Italy – Padiglione 14
Nov. 25   Vignola, Italy – Circolo Arci Ribalta
Nov. 27   Budapest, Hungary – Dürer Kert
Nov. 29   Prague, Czech Republic – Meetfactory
Dec. 1    Genk, Belgium – Sinner’s Day Festival (Limburghal)
Dec. 8    Turnhout, Belgium – Kuub
Dec. 14  Gent, Belgium – De Centrale
Jan. 18   Hannover, Germany – LUX
Jan. 19   Hamburg, Germany – Das Bett
Jan. 25   Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
Jan. 26   Leipzig, Germany – Moritzbastei
Feb. 2    Hasselt, Belgium – Muziekodroom
Mar. 29  Leicester, UK – Darker Days 2019

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