Body Flow - EP 2010
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Reflections of Darkness (Germany)
Visions of Modern Life - 2009
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Reflections of Darkness (Germany)
Philly Goth Industrial
Destination Focus - EP 2008
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Beyond Humanity v2.0 - CD 2006
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DJ Copper Top
Beyond Humanity (demo) - CD 2005
Body Flow - EP Blackvector
If there had to be a definitive track from the full length that had
to be made into an EP the track "body flow" is the best candidate. This
EP features remixes by recent legends and various up and coming artists,
most of the newer artists featured are from within the walls of NYC.
Each remix represents the remixers flavor on the interface sound; there
are no bad tracks . He took the time to create and give us one solid
full length, so why not do the same for the accompanying EP's . Definitely
one of the best acts to grace us within the past few years! (DJ23:9)
---DJ Twenty-Three, Side-Line Magazine
Interface has become one of the better selling futurepop / industrial
dance bands sold at A Different Drum, and now they have a new single
loaded with remixes of their edgy track, "Body Flow". It includes
remixes by Level 2.0, Aesthetic Perfection, Sebastian Komor (Icon of
Coil, etc.), and others, plus an exclusive track called "Neuromantic".
---Todd, A Different Drum
Followed from the previous releases “Destination/Focus” and “Transit”,
Interface is back in 2010 with a new EP, “Body Flow”, which is the third
and final single taken from their latest album “Visions Of Modern Life”.
“Body Flow” features a single version of the title track but also remixes
from Aesthetic Perfection, Sebastian Komor and labelmates Level 2.0
to name a few together with the unreleased track “Neuromantic” to cover
eight songs and almost 40 minutes in playtime.
The single version opens up the EP and it starts with a soft breeze,
other then that there isn’t a big difference compared to the album version
except the lenght. The pounding beats and infectious melodic structure
this track offers is amazing. If you’ve heard their latest album you
know what I’m talking about. Level 2.0, the latest signing on Nilaihah
Records, delivers a remix with their heavy futurepop sound while the
remix from Aesthetic Perfection is a bit heavier but yet very melodic
with great synthetic soundscapes. The always working Sebastian Komor
has contributed with a remix and it sounds a bit different from the
other. Starting with electric guitar sounds together with the voice
from Eric the remix is very experimental and some similarities can be
drawn with one of his other projects Zombie Girl.
“Neuromantic” is the only b-side on the single surrounded by all remixes
which is dedicated to William Gibson and his legendary Neuromancer.
It’s very different from any other Interface song and doesn’t sound
like any other. Except the samples, the song is instrumental and very
experimental. Followed is three more remixes of “Body Flow”. The Cyanide
Regime remix offers a really cool structure and the soundscapes and
atmosphere it delivers is outstanding. The Alter Der Ruine remix sounds
pretty strange, though I liked the blip-blop of this C64 sound which
kinda reminded me of the classic game Bubble Bobble. The last remix
is from Cervello Elettronico and is by far the most experimental one
with heavy noise structure and ’scrappy’ sounds.
Seven remixes of the same track can feel like a couple of remixes too
many, but more or less every remix is great and offers much variation
with each bands own unique creation. As I see it, “Body Flow” is the
best track from their latest album “Visions Of Modern Life” and is absolutely
the right choice of track to release as a single. Though I feel there
is one or two additional tracks missing since seven remixes of the same
track can be a little too much. All fans should definately get this
one and if this band is new for you and something you wanna check out,
I recommend to get the album first.---Bjorn, Blackvector
New York based INTERFACE, a creation of Eric Eldredge, has released
four albums so far. The second EP, 'Body Flow', is very danceable Future-Pop
with strong EBM, trance and Synth-Pop influences. The title track 'Body
Flow' has enormous dance floor potential. It is such a well-made and
well-produced hit that it almost comes off as calculated. The synths
in the chorus bring to mind Code 64's 'Leaving Earth' from 2005 that
still fills the dance floors, while the distorted vocals are typical
to harsher EBM.
A few of the remixes on the EP are worth mentioning: Aesthetic Perfection's
version is a bit harsher and - if possible - even more danceable take
on the 'Body Flow'. While Cervello Elettronico's metallic sounds are
simultaneously fresh and reminiscent of old-school industrial the most
original version is that of Sebastian Komor: The guitars give the track
a whole different twist that makes it stick out from the rest of the
Besides 'Body Flow' and whopping six remixes of it, there is only one
additional track, 'Neuromantic', an instrumental piece complemented
with spoken passages from William Gibson's cyberpunk classic 'Neuromancer'.
Unfortunately, this track carries a serious case of B-side syndrome:
It is weaker and less interesting than 'Body Flow' and the listener
is left with the feeling it does not really kick off during its whole
five-minute duration. Another song or two would have made the release
appealing for larger audience, but in its current form, it is interesting
mostly for hardcore fans and DJ's looking for novel dance floor fillers.
--Hemi Malkki, Reflections of Darkness
New York's Interface combines elements of darker EBM, trance, and industrial, all with a melodic, emotional edge. Body Flow is the third and final single from Interface's best-selling album 'Visions of Modern Life.' New York's Interface combines elements of darker EBM, trance, and industrial, all with a melodic, emotional edge. Body Flow is the third and final single from Interface's best-selling album 'Visions of Modern Life.' This 8-track EP focusing around the track "Body Flow" and features exclusive remixes by Aesthetic Perfection, Sebastian Komor, Alter Der Ruine and more. Despite many bands seeing dwindled physical sales of newer releases, Nilaihah Record's own Interface defies the norm! With increased CD sales for their latest full length, 'Visions of Modern Life' (since their last full length 'Beyond Humanity'), Interface proves they are becoming a more powerful force in the Industrial scene. The musical growth, technical abilities and live performances of this band are impressive to say the least! They seem to effortlessly show that hard work, dedication and excellent songs really do make a difference. Released on Nilaihah and available March 30th, 2010. --Schizev, Alternation: Altermusic Magazine
Interface releases an EP centered around the powerful futurepop EBM track 'Body Flow' taken from their latest album Visions of Modern Life. A guaranteed floorfiller for the clubs. This track is next to the single version, featured in a whole bunch of remixes on this EP. The best remixes are the danceable version of Aesthetic Perfection and the guitar version of Sebastian Komor. The bonus track this time is 'Neuromantic', an instrumental track featuring spoken word fragments that refer to the cyberpunk novel Neuromancer by William Gibson. Since there are no other extra tracks added this EP is only interesting for the real fan of Interface. --TekNoir, Gothtronic
Visions of Modern Life -
It would seem the prediction in the EP review was dead balls on! This
release is twice as good as the last and this act has definitely found
THEIR voice. Where as in the predecessor full length each song sounded
like a different influence, here they have all been smashed apart and
reconstructed into something that sounds like what Interface should.
Each track has the potential to crush any dance floor. There is a slight
drop in the middle of the release for some experimenting with more than
playing with a straight 4/4 on the floor beat all the way through. [However],
each track is a pleasant surprise! This release is destined to become
an instant classic and is a great solid release to kick off the new
year. Within all this fun, there are two remixes at the end of the disc
for the two tracks that should be spun immediately by any DJ. Dare one
say that Interface is the next band to wear the moniker of "futurepop"
with the varied moods and sounds expressed in this release, as well
as the deep meaningful lyrics that will touch anyone, because somebody
out there has felt the same way at one time or another. (DJ23:9)
A Different Drum
After the popular "Destination Focus" CDEP, the new Interface full-length album is released! It's packed with VNV Nation-esque futurepop music aimed at the dance club. Driving bass lines and thudding beats keep a steady pulse throughout. Perhaps it is not necessarily ground-breaking, but it is well executed and a solid release for those who love the blend of edgy synthpop and intense industrial dance music
After the highly successful album "Beyond Humanity" from 2005, the one-man
army of Eric Eldredge and his project Interface is back in 2009 with
his fourth album "Visions Of Modern Life". The album covering 13 new
tracks with 53 minutes of great danceable electronic music.
"Visions Of Modern Life" starts with an intro simply called "Entry"
and then drives off with the track "Voices". This track appears two
times on the album, as this first version is called Mono. Driving heavy
beats, catchy hooklines, just like the recognizable trademark of Interface.
Followed is "Destination", who also was released as an EP before the
album. With the next track I was a bit surpised... ehrm, 'a bit' would
be wrong to say about it. 'Much' would be a more fitting word. "Modern
Life" shows a new side from Interface, at least from what I've heard.
The track is dark and the heaviness is raised by 200% compared with
other tracks, and not to talk about the inescapable dance factor this
track offers. With pounding beats and in fact that the track is almost
instrumental with only a voice singing "This is a modern life" from
time to time, makes the track unescapable from the dancefloors.
"Transit" is the complete opposite. Even though the track is a danceable
track in the vein of the typical Interface-song, it includes elements
mostly recognizable with tunes from the recognizable old computer systems
like C64 or Amiga. "Pavilion" is the first slow track and I think the
atmosphere that this track comprise is refreshingly and beautiful with
its distinct and heavy beats and great soundscapes. "Body Flow" is probably
my favorite track. It breathes life into your body with its great structure
of pounding beats and infectious hooklines. It's addictive and as soon
you've heard the chorus it WILL get stuck in your head. The second version
of "Visions" is named Echo and as with "Modern Life" it has this heaviness
I talk about with a powerful strike right to your chest with the bass.
But that is not what catches your attention in this version. Instead
of Eric on vocals it features the voice of female singer Dawn Mitchell
and this together with its beat structure, it gives the song a completely
different approach and does not sound like the Mono-version.
The album is great in every way and a must-have for all fans of modern
electronic music. It offers a great experience with dancefloor fillers
like "Modern Life" or "Body Flow", slower tracks like "Paranoia's Lullaby"
and experimental pieces like "Corridor V.2" or "Antarctica".
"Visions Of Modern Life" is a respectable and very enjoyable electro
album with great production work making this Interface' best work to
date. ---Björn, Blackvector.se
Reflections of Darknesss
INTERFACE combines elements of darker EBM, trance, and industrial, all
with a melodic, emotional edge. And now, New York's INTERFACE is back
and stronger than ever! Founded by Eric Eldredge in 1993, INTERFACE
has created a strong, diverse sound on its releases: 'The Artemis Complex'
(1999), 'Angels in Disguise' (2002), 'Beyond Humanity' (2006), 'Destination
Focus' (2008) and 'Visions of Modern Life' (2009). It has developed
from hard industrial to dance floor compatible songs, soft ballads and
even ambient. Eric is also acting in the remix market, lending INTERFACE's
name to well known artists, and has been commended by the scene-press
for its work.
The fourth full-length album reflects yet another positive turn in its
career. This album only serves to continue the growth and evolution
of INTERFACE. Thirteen songs of mature and introspective lyrics, lush
Synth textures, and club-ready beats make for the next evolution in
the band's sound. Already previewed on its own EP, 'Destination' appears
at full length here, alongside more standout tracks like the hard-hitting
'Body Flow' or 'Modern Life', and slower works like 'Pavilion'. It even
includes an updated version of 'Corridor', a track that was written
onstage in 1999 and recorded in 2000. Transit EP follows also in 2009
- the second single from 'Visions of Modern Life', 'Transit' appears
here in 3 new forms - a 'Radio Mix', then club mixes by INTERFACE itself
and by XP8. Rounding out the single is the driving instrumental 'Control'.
In 2010, the Body Flow EP appears - 'Body Flow' is the third and final
single from INTERFACE's best-selling album 'Visions of Modern Life'.
It is available on CD - limited to 500 copies - and in download outlets
stores. The B-side of the single is 'Neuromantic', a mostly instrumental
song which is a musical tribute to the novel Neuromancer by William
Gibson. --Janine Szakacs, Reflections of Darkness
Philly Goth Industrial
Don’t push “shuffle,” and don’t push “pause.”
This album is best when listened from start to finish.
The new album from the New York based band Interface is a terrific
example of good industrial music coming out of the US. When you can
listen to an album in its entirety and not feel the urge to skip a track,
you know you’ve got a clear winner. I could imagine “Visions
of Modern Life,” as a soundtrack for a movie. Unlike a lot of
albums that seem to have no thought given to the order of the tracks,
this album has a definite beginning, middle and end.
It begins with an atmospheric intro track called “Entry”
to set the mood, and then takes you on an action-filled excursion for
the next several tracks. I could close my eyes and almost see the characters,
the scenes and the intense action-thriller style plot forming as I immersed
my ears into the depths of each track. A certain theme develops, as
the album title indicates, I felt I was “seeing life” from
Halfway through the album, there is what appears to be an intermission;
a short, soundscape track called “Antarctica,” followed
by a slower, moody track called “Pavilion,” which interestingly
contains a small sample from "Voyager" by the Alan Parsons
Project. Thereafter we’re thrown back into the fast-paced action.
I take note of the lyrics in, “Indecision,” which further
enforces my inclination to imagine a story, as if the character is in
some kind of turmoil, “To take the next step or to weather the
storm, to doubt if your choices are truly informed..” Also worth
mentioning is the track I predict will be a club hit, “Body Flow,”
with its perfect dance rhythm and shout-able chorus.
Not unlike a movie, we end our story in calm… with one of the
more beautiful ballads I’ve heard lately, “Paranoia’s
Lullaby,” with its deep and interesting lyrics, tender symphonic
keyboards and melodic vocals. While each track takes on a personality
and “plot” of its own, you’re left with the feeling
of unity and continuity, a finished piece.
Q and A with Interface’s Eric Eldredge (Vocals, Programming,
What is your earliest memory of playing music?
I’ve been playing music my whole life! I came from a musical household
– both my brothers are also musicians.
Name your top 5 influences:
This is pretty tough as I’m influenced by an awful lot of different
artists and genres. I’d have to sat my largest ones are Depeche
Mode, New Order, Kraftwerk, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242… I think I could
go on all day!
What band would you like to tour with?
I’m not picky – someone in our genre will do!
How did the members of Interface meet?
My live lineup has been a little fluid lately, but it’s most often
been Jon, Joe, and Justin. Jon’s been playing with the band since
1999 – he tried out after another band I had hooked him up with
hadn’t worked out. Joe did a lot of work on my songs going back
to Beyond Humanity, and has been playing onstage since 2006. I knew
Justin from college and he came on in 2007.
From your new album “Visions Of Modern Life”, what is your
favorite track and why?
Wow, to choose just one… Each of these songs has had a lot more
personal meaning to me than previous ones. Maybe the way that “Destination”
came together – I had that one written and ready to be recorded
in just over an hour. It always thrills me when I create something so
fast that is pretty much finished. “Wasted Time” was pretty
much the same way years ago.
What are your touring plans?
We have a few things in the works that I can’t jump the gun over,
but soon enough I should have an announcement!
What does your family and friends think of your music?
I’d like to think they’re pretty supportive.
These tracks have interesting lyrics, can you tell us the meanings
behind any of them?
Well, each song on this album, as the title says, has some sort of “snapshot”
of living life in today’s world. I can give you the meanings of
a few of them. “Voices” deals with following your own path
versus the path set by others. “Transit” is about the routine
of everyday life killing your dreams and aspirations. “Pavilion”
deals with meeting someone, clicking with them, sharing a brief experience
with them, and never seeing them again after that night. “Paranoia’s
Lullaby” is what difficulty I imagine parents have at telling
their children that things will work out for the future in these times.
What has been the band’s proudest moment?
I think it’s the chances I’ve gotten to work with some of
the larger names in the industry, as when I remixed Lacuna Coil recently,
or having some of the big name remixes I’ve gotten of my own stuff.
Overall, I think the opening slot for the Human League on 2003 was pretty
special – they were an enormous influence on me when I was young.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to eventually tour the US and Europe in full, and finally reach
the fans I’ve made in everywhere possible. I’d also like
to get more towards different musical challenges, like scoring for example.
The EBM thing can’t last forever, I’m sure!
The full-length album “Visions of Modern Life” is available
now. The first 200 copies sold on www.nilaihah.com will also include
a bonus; the band’s Transit EP. The band were recently commissioned
to work on a remix of the Lacuna Coil track “I Like It”
for an upcoming release.(4 of 5) ---DJ Candy Durant - Philly
Destination Focus - EP
One of the many bands to come speeding out of NYC within the past few
years has finally released a new EP. From the very intro of the title
track of this EP you can tell this band is finding their voice. This
release has a more leveled off sound the preceding full length instead
of being reminiscent of it's possible influence this represents what
the Interface sound now is and what it is becoming. A great EP for any
DJ to have to pack a floor and will leave your mouth watering in anticipation
for the full length. -9/10 rating- --Review by DJ23 for www.sideline.com
A Different Drum
This is a new CD single featuring four versions of the new futurepop anthem "Destination", including mixes by Code 64, State of the Union, and Mindless Faith, plus three other bonus songs. For people who love the pumped sounds of bands like Icon of Coil, VNV Nation, etc. then this fits right in.
Interface's sound climbs to previously uncharted heights with this engrossing
and highly dance-driven EP. Much as its name implies, this release goes
well beyond what listeners have come to expect from Interface. This
act's material has always been technically brilliant, but the emotional
element frequently seemed to be somewhat lacking. In contrast, Destination
Focus does not hesitate to bring its audience along for a wild ride
through sounds and beats that pay close attention to creating the buildup
and the corresponding catharsis that marks truly great music, whatever
the genre. The electronic wizardry is much more advanced in this EP,
with layers that are not only more carefully crafted, but are blended
together in a way that is thoroughly absorbing and entrancing.
The four different versions of "Destination" are all excellent, each
evoking the epic intensity that makes a song memorable and fills a dance
floor time and time again. The single version revives the smooth, streamlined
electronic sound that fans of Interface have come to expect, but with
an edgy drive that really does have the touch of adventure and excitement
implied by the name of the song. The State of the Union remix is incredible,
with long breaks that add pomp and drama to the already impressive formula.
The Code 64 remix takes things in a more playful synthpop direction,
while the Mindless Faith remix is hard and heavy. The additional new
songs are equally if not more memorable than the title track. With "Northstar,"
the beat comes in hard and strong and is soon accompanied by vocals
that have a slightly electric lilt, causing them to come across as more
subdued while the fierce and many-layered electronics take center stage.
"Inferno" may be the most aggressive track that Interface has ever put
out, with a crushing introduction of long, descending synths that dive
into an unstoppable progression of beats. "After Hours" creates yet
another mood that is uncharacteristic of Interface, this time a slightly
playful vocal delivery matched by synths that seem to be divided between
enigmatic and wistful, though the two feelings increasingly come together
and flow with mutual conviction as the end comes nearer in sight.
Interface has noticeably moved to the next level with Destination Focus.
Those familiar with previous material will be impressed and newcomers
will be blown away. Anyone into electronic dance music that refuses
to be dismissed as background noise and cannot help but steal center
stage should check this out! --Review by Dillon Carlyon for www.regen.com
Two years after their last full length release, Interface return with the Destination Focus EP. “Destination” is a very strong song vocally. Eric’s delivery is solid and the chorus hooks into your brain and keeps going long after the song is over. There are three remixes of “Destination” and are all worth inclusion on this disc. The State of the Union remix is the strongest in my opinion, it’s got a thicker sonic feel to it without being too muddy. Mindless Faith puts their spin on the title track as well adding their signature sound from their Momentum CD, listening to this remix it’s evident as to the artist responsible. The Code 64 remix is a bit quicker in tempo than the original and has a brighter, crisper and more synthetic feel to it with the instrumentation coming off very video-game like especially in the lead line between verse and chorus.
“Inferno“, an instrumental track, has strong elements of early techno and trance and feels like it would fit well in a warehouse party with thousands of people moving to an endless beat. It definitely carries the energy found in early Icon of Coil dancefloor hits.
“North Star” sounds reminiscent of early Neuroticfish and could easily be a strong single on it’s own. “After Hours” begins with a bubbling synth line and a sparse vocal line. I’m slightly reminded of the opening for Stromkern’s cover of “Anthrax”, though “After Hours” is much more chill and lacks any aggressive qualities.
The “Destination Focus” EP is hopefully an indication of the quality we can expect from the next full length. If this proves to be the case it’s been well worth the wait.
Review by DJ Rift for
The American futurepop electro band Interface is back in the frontlines
with a new MCD named Destination Focus. The first sounds of ‘Destination’
immediately remind of the sound of the Dutch futurepop electro band
Angels & Agony from some years ago and this impression doesn’t disappear
with the other tracks on this EP, ‘North Star’, ‘Inferno’ and ‘After
Hours’. Not bad, well done but it does sound somewhat dated in 2008
when you can trace back the sounds of another band from a couple of
years ago. A bit of a letdown thus, moreover since Interface has delivered
better material in the past, like the ingenious track ‘Age of Computers’
from the album Beyond Humanity from 2006. Of the ‘Destination’ track
this MCD contains remixes by State of the Union , Code 64 and Mindless
Faith. A nice collection of subtop names from the electro world, but
unfortunately these remixes are not that surprising or anything special
either. State of the Union draws the song even more towards futurepop
territory whilst using some excellent sounds and making the song even
more danceable. Code 64 tries to give the song a twist of their own
sound but doesn’t achieve in that which makes the song a bit too synthetic
in sound. Mindless Faith does manage to add an extra dimension and this
is also the most accomplished remix of the ‘Destination’ track. The
song ‘North Star’ is like you see more often actually a much better
song than the title track of this MCD, and it is also sung with much
more emotion. ‘Inferno’ is nothing special and ‘After Hourts’ is a nice
experiment with its minimal techno touch and again strong vocals. Interface
doesn’t completely deliver with this MCD, despite some nice moments
and this is a bit disappointing since the band has delivered more consistent
work than this in their past. www.gothtronic.com
Interface- Long Island, New York Synthpop/Futurepop band that’s
been around for quite a long time, since 1993 in fact. They sound kind
of like Information Society, De/Vision, Psyche, Seabound, Neuropa, The
Echoing Green, Underwater Pilots and a host of others in the genre.
They’ve been on a number of comps (Cryonica, A Different Drum,
Alfa Matrix, etc.), have half a dozen releases including this one to
their credit, and an upcoming full album release in 2009. In 2005 they
hooked up with Nilaihah Records, probably a good move for them. TTo
their credit, hey seem to maintain a pretty active profile in spite
of about 20 other bands having the same name.
On this 7 track EP, there are 5 versions of the title track- “Destination”.
First is the single version, then the “State of the Union Remix”,
the “Code 64 Remix”, the “Mindless Faith Remix”
and “North Star”. The song is basically straight-ahead futurepop
with a generically memorable hook- (“I will be your destination,
I am the promised land, You will be my inspiration, you make me understand”)
and a strong dance beat. Vocals done in a clean, minimally processed
fashion (a bit of chorusing). Typical elements in the single version-
futurepop synths, sequencing, a dash of vocoder for accents. The “State
of the Union Remix” is a bit heavier than the single version,
eliminates the synth excepting the bass on the verses, and pumps up
the synth hook on the chorus, and the vocoder. The “Code 64 Remix”
begins with a strong synth bass, rearranges the synth parts on the verses
(from none on the first verse, to a fuller sequenced pad on the second)
before the first chorus, which is handed off to female vocalist Rachel
Feder. She gets only minimal string and a hyperactive bass backing for
her solo vocal. This is quickly followed by a Casio-like sequenced melody
carrying back into the refrain with vocals handed back off to Interface’s
Eric Elredge. Another Casio-ish synth counter-melody emerges briefly.
This is probably the weakest track on the CD. The “Mindless Faith
Remix” might be the heaviest remix but it’s so junked up
with sonic effluvia that it sounds distorted. Call it industrial, whatever.
It does offer more open spaces which might be a good thing for the dancefloor
but (DJs be warned) shaky soundsystems are gonna cry uncle over this
“North Star” is nothing more than “Destination”
without any chorus hook in it all and a lot of busy sequencing. “Inferno”
reminds me a bit of Covenant in the beat and synth departments, and
might have been pretty good if there was a song in there somewhere,
but I couldn’t find one. Still, it might make good dancefloor
fodder. “After Hours” is the final and quirkiest track on
the EP, and offers something a little different than the 6 dance oriented
tracks that precede it- mid tempo with a repeated vocal refrain about
drifting away, swathed in a cloud of ‘verb and echo and an off-kilter
So what’s the final verdict? First, if you’ve never read
my reviews before, don’t get the impression that I don’t
like Synthpop and Futurepop because I do, when it’s original and
engaging. The problem is here, that the featured song here sounds a
bit genre-generic and the remixes aren’t all that compelling.
Passable dancefloor fodder, but unless you’re a DJ (and they usually
get copies gratis) what’s the point? Yes, it’s competent
and well-produced, but for 8 bucks (or more!) I’d pass. Maybe
if it was half-price it might be worth it for the “Inferno”
Covenant-style instrumental track. You could add in your own vocal track
and send it back to the band. They might even be amused. Hopefully their
upcoming 2009 full album will have a lot more to offer than what I’ve
heard here. www.chainDLK.com - Steve Mecca
Beyond Humanity v2.0 - CD
...this CD will definitely find favor with club patrons and
those who like to move their booty.
The long-awaited follow-up to their 2002 breakthrough "Angels in
Disguise" was recorded entirely in the computer environment, and
reflects a more focused and aggressive sound than its predecessor
while retaining founder Eric Eldredge's melody and songwriting
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Beyond Humanity, the third album from New York-based Interface,
offers a refreshing earful of forward-thinking, futuristic
electro-pop. This highly-charged melodic escapade expands outward
from its understated opening track, “Gravity,” accelerating from
zero to sixty in the blink of an eye. Staccato beats and fluid
arpeggios sizzle around the vocoded articulations of singer Eric
Eldredge as “Age of Computers” kicks into high gear. “Mind Killer”
shows off the programming and arrangement skills of Eldredge and
band mate Jon Billian, as this highly infectious dance track
palpitates like a heart on the verge of infarction! The place slows
a bit on “Wonderland,” but cranks back up again on “Despair,” a
repetitious but energetic instrumental. “Stranger in a Strange Land”
incorporates samples and some nicely executed vocal melodies in a
very palatable fashion. The vocoder returns on the title track,
“Beyond Human,” along with some very familiar, euphonic retro beats
and effects – musically and thematically, one must believe there’s a
nod to techno godfathers Kraftwerk in here somewhere! “Insomniac”
slams on the breaks, its slow, flowing beat giving it a much darker
sheen than the rest of the album. “Nobody’s Hero” is definitely a
cut above, and should emerge as a dance floor favorite for club
goers this summer. “Faith in Nothing” closes out the album nicely,
though I had to laugh while listening to the chorus, as I was
reminded of the nihilists from “The Big Lebowski” – we believe in
nothing! As this is an Expanded Edition, six additional remix tracks
(some from deleted releases on the now-dormant Tinman record label)
have been included on the disc. Contributors to this effort include
Assemblage 23, Stromkern, Combichrist, Imperative Reaction, and DJ
Sean Tyas. “Clear Night,” remixed here by Sean Tyas, originally
appeared on 2002’s “Angels in Disguise.” “Doubts and Fears,” an 80’s
new-wave influenced track originally available via the internet, was
previously only available in CD format on the “State of Synthpop
2005” 5-disc set. The other remixes feature songs from this album
that sound significantly different from the originals, making for a
really nice mixture of styles. Jump on this!
Review by Ian Hall for
Hailing from the brighter parts of NYC comes interface . This act
has elements of EBM from bands of past and present , from vocal
effects like KRAFTWERK to the thumping kicks like RETROSIC , and the
funkier percussions of a Daniel Myer project . Their influences can
be heard throughout the album (if one were to listen carefully)
mixed with their own style . Random movie clips are inserted in
various tracks but don't obstruct or take away from the songs . The
cd comes right into your face with the song "Age Of Computers" and
makes you want to dance right away. The track "Despair" an
instrumental has elements of all good things EBM and trance mixed in
. a great darker track "Mind killer" is made for the dance floor ,
with great synth lines , harsh vocals followed with the angry kick
so you can make your expansive personal space on the dance floor .
"Beyond Human" has many elements of a good KRAFTWERK song mixed with
new EBM flavor . "Nobody's Hero" storms at you with all the things
that make up a great FUNKER VOGT dance track . Also on the cd are
remixes by bands such as ASSEMBLAGE 23 , COMBICHRIST , IMPERATIVE
REACTION and STROMKERN . All the songs bring something a little
different to the table from hard ebm to synthpop elements and anyone
should enjoy this album .
Interface "Beyond Humanity" -- This new album by Interface presents
a collection of pounding electro-dance tracks that cross over from
the electro-industrial dance audience to the hard-edged synthpop
fans. Some of the vocals are covered with fuzzy effects, but quite
often the voice is left clear, though still rough around the edges.
This is a cool release for future pop fans as well. Plus, after the
10 regular album tracks, you get another 6 bonus remix tracks to
keep the beat pumping even longer, including mixes by similar bands
like Assemblage 23, Stromkern, Imperative Reaction, etc.
A Different Drum
Even though this is the first time many of us have heard of the band Interface,
this is actually their third full-length album. On Nilaihah Records it comes
presented as the "Expanded Edition" which contains ten solid original tracks
and six bonus tracks that would have probably been released as a separate single
in other circumstances. I always think this is a nice approach to have them
bundled onto one disc since the days of buying a "single" in the store is a
thing of the past with the digital music revolution and being able to buy single
tracks at a music download site. However I still think the best albums and
bands are those that can package an entire disc in such a way that it's good
enough that it's best to listen to in it's entirety. And with this album
they manage to pull it together well in that sense.
The album starts with a short, spatial ambient intro with some sci-fi
post-apocalyptic spoken word samples and then jumps right into the pounding
beats and futuristic theme with "Age of Computers". The vocoded vocals are a
nice touch on this track giving it that mechanical and over-the-top digital
feeling (or lack of feeling). However, the melodic vocals interspersed between
the mechanical gives the track a human touch and should really please synthpop
fans. This theme of Beyond Humanity remains strong throughout the album providing
a cohesive theme and smooth transition between tracks making the entire album
nice to listen to. A few tracks have various samples included which add some
nice accents to each piece. "Mind Killer" builds on this feature and some
harsher vocals and heavy bass and beats for another excellent dance track that
has quickly become a favorite on this disc. This heavier, more aggressive tone
and harsh vocals is actually more of the exception, which is nice in today's
onslaught of vocals that sound like the vocalist has gargled gasoline.
Adding some nice variety to the album are the mid-tempo pieces "Wonderland"
and "Insomniac" with a heavy, but smooth trip-hop beat and non-distorted
vocals. "Stranger in a Strange Land" also moves away from the industrial
edge with some smooth, melodic synth loops and clear vocals. We're also
treated with a moving instrumental piece "Despair" which builds on some solid
synth loops and dance-friendly beats. And really moving into another realm
is "Beyond Human" which takes the name to a new level with all computerized
vocals while the music creates a moving, dance-friendly atmosphere. And to
wrap up the original tracks on the album is the track "Faith in Nothing" which
jumps back into the harder edged industrial rhythms and slight distortion.
This powerful piece provides a nice ending to the regular album tracks ending
on a strong note.
The bonus material presented include two mixes of "Age of Computers" by
Assemblage 23 and Imperative Reaction. Stromkern lends their unique flavor
to "Wasted Time" and Combichrist pumps up the intensity with a remix of
"Faith in Nothing". "Clear Night" appears as a bonus piece, this version a
remix by Sean Tyas. The original versions of both "Clear Night" and "Wasted
Time" originally appear on the band's 2002 album Angels in Disguise. The
2004 internet-only track appears here as the finale to the album presenting
the heavy 80's new wave influence that is so catchy and makes a great way to
wrap up the album. All of these bonus pieces are really great. I'm not
always a huge fan of remixes, or singles with tons of remixed tracks, but
each of these are done really well, so I have to say that this album comes
highly recommended for electronic music fans.
This is Interface's third full-length album, here released in a expanded edition that
includes 6 bonus tracks taken from previous limited EP's and singles. The album was
released in 2006 on Nilaihah Records, more than ten years after the inception of the
band in 1993. Interface is made up of Eric Eldridge (everything) and Jon Billian,
keyboardist, and is based in New York. The musical style presented on this album is
dark EBM and Industrial, with enough pop elements blended in to make the music accessible.
The opening track, "Genesis", begins with a eerily desolate musical landscape, which is
then joined by a disturbing sample from the movie Equilibrium. "Age Of Computers"
follows, and this track seems tailor made to be a anthem for those involved in the
technical profession. Not only that, it's a excellent dance track as well, and the
remixes by Assemblage23 and Imperative Reaction only serve to emphasize that fact.
Thankfully, that's not the sole highlight of the disc. The hard-edged EBM of "Mindkiller"
immediately follows "Age Of Computers", and shortly thereafter is the excellent club
track "Despair". "Stranger In A Strange Land" is probably the most synthpop-oriented
track on the disc, but that isn't a negative comment at all - more of a reflection of
how many styles this disc successfully incorporates along the way. "Beyond Human" has
very Kraftwerkian vocal effect used throughout, but the modern EBM music style keeps
the track feeling very fresh. The non-remix portion of the disc closes with "Nobody's
Hero" and "Faith In Nothing", both excellent EBM tracks.
Just about all the remixes are also outstanding. The "Faith In Nothing" remix seemed
to tip the scales just a bit too far in regard to the original song versus new elements.
Other than that one issue, this is a great crop of remixes, and add a lot of value to
the album. I think that if you enjoy bands such as Endanger or Namnambulu, but prefer
a more EBM slanted approach, you'll love this disc. I know I do.
Jason Baker @ Synthpop.net
Unbelievable that this band is currently not signed! After the demise of their label Tinman which quits
its business in the last year, this band is looking until today for a new and professional label. And
with music like on this new full length CD "Beyond Humanity", I would like to advise the management of
this band to contact the best and biggest labels of the scene. This release is currently self-produced,
but it needs to be heard in all corners of this world! I am normally not to much into music somewhere
placed in genres like Synth-, Future- or Electropop, but here I have received an unbelievable exception.
They have also supported ASSEMBLAGE 23 on parts of his "Storm" tour, and I am sure that a lot of you out
there saw on stage. "Beyond Humanity" is simply the best album out of this genres I have heard for a
long time. People like mostly comparisons, so I would say that INTERFACE produce a fine mixture between
A23 and CUT.RATE.BOX ("The Age Of Computers", "Faith in Nothing" ) with the tendency on the harder tracks
(like "Mind Killer", or the dark "Insomniac") to get compared with the Australian ANGEL THEORY. The
vocals are of course mostly clear and smooth and luckily not to much placed in the foreground. On some
tracks they also integrate some cool KRAFTWERKian vocoder effects, especially on "Beyond Human". There
is also an outstanding instrumental piece here with "Despair", and the band can enjoy with some well
worked out melodic synth pads. My favorite next to the harder "Mind Killer" is the dancefloor smasher
"Nobody’s Hero" with an unbeatable refrain and outstanding melodic synth play. If music done by the
mentioned acts is your style you should hurry up now and start to purchase this one. Again - this band
is currently not signed - labels, wake up and make your contacts!
Marc Tater @ Chain DLK
The third album from Interface arrives finally after a long 3 year wait since Angels In Disguise in July 2002.
The album begins with a moody sample taken from the film Equilibrium, setting the futuristic and somewhat
dystopian theme of the album as seen from the full opening track The Age of Computers, its a strong dancey
number that should be popular on the dancefloors. The next track is the first display of the harder Funker
Vogt-ish feeling of some of the tracks here. Wonderland is a slower paced tune that really displays the
bands song writing skills, it would work well in acoustic form with just guitar and vocal. Track 5 - Despair,
is an instrumental ending in a nice uplifting almost euphoric trance style. The albums title track Beyond
Human continues the futuristic theme with heavily vocoded Kraftwerkian voice accompanyied by electro beeps
and moving again into a straighforward almost euphoric trance for the second half. It can appear to be an
odd mix if you arent famililar with the genre, with some loving the first half but not the final half
because of the change into openly trance influenced coming into effect so sharply. More science fiction
theming in Stranger In A Strange Land, another slower paced track about change, the fear of it and its
necessity. Track 8 - Insomniac is the albums weakest track for me with just not alot happening in it.
Nobody"s Hero could be a long lost Funker Vogt track as it follows that bands style and construction pretty
much perfectly but here thankfully the band didnt remake this track 10 times for the album. The similarity
is apparently accidental including the name having no relation to FV"s Tragic Hero or Fallen Hero. Faith
In nothing, the penultimate track should again have the dancefloors filled everywhere without too much
trouble. Finally Darkness Prevails closes things with more Kraftwerkian electronica and serious vocoding.
Despite the pessimistic name this mostly instrumental seems to speak with some hope to me for a bright
future if we want it.
Overall its a more harder edged album than the previous but unfortunately theres no Wasted Time or
Angels In Disguise tracks on this one although to be honest those were standout excellent tracks,
Angels being my favourite by some way.
Its a strong listenable album and one worth trying out. Lets hope this one isnt deleted before it
even gets released!
Shrike @ RemixWars
DJ Copper Top
INTERFACE: Beyond Humanity - I am SO GLAD these guys got
signed!! I have some of their original stuff from way back in 2000
and 2001. Drive and determination got these guys there, and true
talent. This is a true album, mixing it up with trancey
instrumentals, synthpop, electro, intelligent experimental, and a
splash of EBM. Eat it up.
Review by DJ Copper Top
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