This year has been a huge one for lovers of post-punk, giving every indication that post-punk is on a major comeback wave. While this phenomenon has expanded from its original birth country to become international, today we give you a glimpse of a noteworthy local buzz band churning out dark goodness in this genre.
Hailing from Leeds, the quartet known as Klammer present their new single Spiral Girl. This is the second single from their new album You Have Been Processed. This follows the first single Modern God. The album is scheduled to release via Under Dogz Records later in mid-August.
Klammer should very much appeal to fans of The Damned, Gang of Four, New Model Army, The Mission, The Chameleons, and The Cure. It would be no stretch whatsoever to say that Spiral Girl is definitely on par, both in terms of composition and production, with anything The Damned has put out, though style-wise they are leaning closer to their Phantasmagoria album. This pair of singles are definitely among the finest specimens of post-punk collectables released since that era. The videos for both tracks, produced by Steve Dutton, are intriguing to say the least.
And it is no surprise that Klammer should be connected to this sound. Formed by UK Producer Steve Whitfield (The Cure, The Mission, Terrorvision, Jane Weaver) in 2014, this project draws from the members’ shared love for all things angular, dark, loud and melodic. To date, they’ve released two albums via Under Dogz Records.
Previously described as the love child of XTC and Gang Of Four, Klammer offer an enticing twist on the post-punk attitude, blending in elements of goth rock, punk rock and dark wave, all with dark pop sensibilities. Here you’ll find plenty of hooks and a dark and edgy broodiness coursing through their sound.
You Have Been Processed will be the bands third album, following up Auslane and Klammer and their debut 7” single Everything Depends Upon The King. Championed by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, Klammer’s music continues to excite with their dark themes allied to catchy riffs and anthemic choruses.
Klammer have been consolidating their position as one of the country’s finest live post-punk acts, having played up and down the country consistently, both as a headline act and in support of other notable artists, including The Skids, The Undertones, Richie Ramone, Penetration and The Membranes, as well as Rebellion and The Great British Alternative festivals.
While Modern God is already available across online stores and streaming platforms, as well as from Klammers own website, Spiral Girl will be released on July 13. Their album You Have Been Processed will be available on vinyl and CD as of August 10, but can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp at https://klammerband.bandcamp.com/album/you-have-been-processed. The band’s album launch gig will be held at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club on August 18.
Poss – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Steve Whitfield – Guitar/Vocals
Bruno Almeida – Drums
Mike Addy – Bass
Composed by Steve Whitfield & Paul ‘Poss’ Strickland
Video by Steve Dutton. 2nd Camera by Josh Tully
JUL 14 Saltburn By The Sea – Saltburn Calling Festival
JUL 15 Middlesbrough – Westgarth Social Club
AUG 18 Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
OCT 28 London – London Punk Sessions @ The Windmill Brixton
Catch their previous single Modern God here
All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop and you can follow him on Twitter as @hiapop, and on Facebook here.