Vancouver cinematic new wavers Gang Signs released the first single “Mate” and accompanying video from their upcoming debut full-length Geist today via Stereogum.Geist arrives October 2, 2015 via File Under: Music. “There’s something about this kind of music that’s inherently appealing; it has a tendency to steal you away to a different headspace. It’s all about evoking a certain mood, and the Vancouver trio seem particularly adept at it,” Stereogum said of the track, which features rapper Tommy Genesis’ dancing in the video.
With Geist, their first release, Gang Signs are ready to show the world the best way to exercise the demons is on the dance floor. The album is an exercise in cinematic new wave, taken as a whole each song builds and flows into the next, carried along by strong percussion, punctuated by melodies and almost spoken narration. Separated, the songs stand tall on their own, the sampled hand claps of “Mate” hold sway over guitar lines that build steady lines of subtle tension throughout.
Gang Signs is the latest project of creative workaholic Peter Ricq, also of the electronic music duo HUMANS. Together with drummer Adam Fink and keyboardist/vocalist Matea Sarenac, the trio creates music that dances between self-control and defiance, winning over fans in their hometown of Vancouver since their very first gigs. Gang Signs songs are musically conceived on guitar, written and demoed within four hours,” says Ricq. “They are purposefully written in a traditional verse, chorus, verse format, and to really make the cut they must make you want to move.”
North American tour dates will be announced soon. Album art and tracklisting are below.
04) LA On Monday
06) Back Up
07) So Long
10) Stay Awake
08/22 – Vancouver, BC @ The Wise Hall & Lounge w /Fucked Up, Doomsquad