Published May 08, 2014Darkened Vancouver post-punk twosome Koban have announced a few more gloomy tunes are on the way, to be released on a new EP called VIDE. The record will be their first for Weyrd Son Records, and it arrives on vinyl and digitally June 20.
The six-song effort, which follows the group's 2013 LP Null, was recorded by Josh Stevenson at Vancouver's Otic Sound. Like their last LP, it was later mastered by Jordan Koop at his Noise Floor Studios. For the physical edition, VIDE will be pressed as a limited run of 200 copies on "pink bubblegum and black splatter vinyl" and 300 on straight-up black wax.
In a statement to Exclaim!, the group's Brittany West hinted that making the record was a curative experience, with the song cycle weighing in on both personal situations and larger, world-reflecting issues.
"VIDE was very therapeutic to produce, even though I didn't realize it until now," she said. "In one way, it is about loss and how that can contribute to various kinds of insanity, some of which I have experienced in my own life. In another respect, it is a reflection of our frustration toward global systems that are no longer functioning, which fuel other kinds of madness."
West gave up more specifics by stating that closer "Standing on the Edge" is "a plea to someone who is contemplating the end to recognize their greatness and come down from their proverbial 'edge.'"
You'll find the tracklisting info for the EP down below while up above you'll find the stark, black and white cover art, which is a portrait of West and bandmate Samuel Buss taken by Zoo member Ashlee Luk.
A release party will be held in Vancouver on June 28. Dépasser and Weird Candle will open, but a venue has not yet been confirmed. Koban are also in the midst of booking an European tour.
3. Détacher et Déguiser
4. Cool Wind
6. Standing on the Edge