NEW ALBUM RELEASE – 14 JULY 2017
SPRING TOUR BEGINS IN SOUTH KOREA – 1 MAY
“Silence is worse; all truths that are kept silent become poisonous.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
LAIBACH announce the release of a brand new album, Also Sprach Zarathustra, the follow up to 2014’s SPECTRE, out on Mute on 14 July 2017.
The music for the album was originally created for a theatrical production of Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Also Sprach Zarathustra) based on Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical novel of the same name, which premiered in March 2016. Also Sprach Zarathustra is an update of the music Laibach created for the play, directed by Matjaž Berger for the Anton Podbevšek Theatre (APT) in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.
On 1 May Laibach open their tour with a performance in Jeonju South Korea, making them the first rock band to perform in both North and South Korea. The dates also include a performance in Zagreb with the RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra, who feature on the new album, full details below.
Laibach’s infamous North Korean tour (in 2015, on the anniversary of the DPRK’s liberation from Japan) is documented in Liberation Day, a film directed by Morten Traavik and described by MOJO as “a humorous, disturbing, illuminating and sometimes moving immersion into an anomalous communist mirror-world …” Liberation Day is currently screening at film festivals worldwide, for the latest details go to http://www.liberationday.film/
35 years on from their genesis in the then-Yugoslavian industrial town Trbovlje, Laibach are still the most internationally acclaimed band to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Founded in the death year of the country’s founding father Tito, and rising to fame as Yugoslavia steered towards self-destruction, Laibach can make you think, dance and march to the same music.
LAIBACH TOUR DATES & DETAILS
1 May – Jeonju, KR – Jeonju Dome – performance at the Jeonju International Film Festival, presenting the Liberation Day film
9 May – Zagreb, HR – KD Vatroslav Lisinski – with the RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra
12 May – Tel Aviv, IL – Reading 3 – performance at the Docaviv Film Festival, presenting the Liberation Day film
27 May – Lendava, SI – Speedway stadion Petišovci – Petroleum Beat festival
24 June – Poznan, PL – Henryk Wieniawski Park – Laibach at Malta festival, performing with Poznan L’Autunno Chamber Orchestra
19 July – Cividale del Friuli/Udine, IT – Piazza del Duomo – Mittelfest Festival 2017
RECENT PRAISE FOR LAIBACH
“Laibach at their best blur art and confrontation”. (The Guardian SPECTRE review)
‘Compelling electro assault on the disintegration of modern society.’ (The Times SPECTRE review)
“It seems this most fascinating, assiduous, entertaining collective still have plenty to say about our past – and our present and future.” (The Quietus live review)
“…no one does it better” (The Wire SPECTRE review)