THE GUARDIAN “It’s high time to start catching up with this most unusual and frequently misunderstood group.”
Laibach have completed their Liberation Day Tour – two dates in Pyongyang, North Korea – and become the first band of their kind to perform in the reclusive garrison state as well known for its military marches, mass gymnastics and hymns to the Great Leader, as for its defiant resistance to Western popular culture.
“I didn’t know that such music existed in the World and now I know” (Choe Jong Hwan, visitor to the Laibach’s Pyongyang concert)
To celebrate this historic event, Laibach have released a brand new video for ‘We Are Millions And Millions Are One’, taken from their latest album, SPECTRE. The video was directed by RÁTNEEK (http://ratneek.com) and features animations taken from Vuk Jevremovic’s “La Isla De Los Muertos”.
Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/hYv4FhL5bdU
The recent tour in North Korea coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonisation and subsequent division into two states and the concerts will be subject of a documentary film scheduled for premiere in 2016.
The Liberation Day Tour was directed by Norwegian artist Morten Traavik, who created the video for the band’s recent single, The Whistleblowers:
The North Korean dates were part of a worldwide tour which included sold out shows across North America plus a very special 35th anniversary performance in their home-town of Trbovlje and a rooftop concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.
35 years on from their genesis in the then-Yugoslavian industrial town Trbovlje, Laibach are 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 then-Yugoslavia’s leader Tito, and rising to fame as Yugoslavia steered towards self-destruction, Laibach have consistently opposed labels of any kind, be they “rock”, “pop”, “techno” or “industrial”. Self-styled engineers of human souls, Laibach can make you think, dance and march to the same music.
Recent coverage of The Liberation Day Tour:
ROLLING STONE, http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/cannabis-and-the-sound-of-music-what-laibach-learned-in-north-korea-20150825?page=3
BBC WORLD SERVICE, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02yxbtb
BBC RADIO 4 TODAY PROGRAMME,
NEW YORK TIMES, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/21/world/asia/laibach-concert-in-pyongyang-north-korea.html?_r=0
THE GUARDIAN, http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/aug/20/avant-garde-laibach-first-western-band-play-north-korea-video
BBC NEWS, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33995268
Watch the video for The Whistleblowers: http://youtu.be/c6Mx2mxpaCY
Watch the video for Eurovision: http://youtu.be/GOffk1G6OX8
Watch the video for No History: http://youtu.be/jO5BfxwVzgM
Watch the video for See That My Grave Is Kept Clean:
Watch the video for iTurk’s remix of Koran: https://youtu.be/fD0-Ke1gHNE
Listen to Marcel Dettman’s remix of Eurovision: http://youtu.be/kS8nBmW7BXs
Listen to Resistance Is Futile: http://bit.ly/K5IUMZ
PRAISE FOR SPECTRE
THE WIRE “…no one does it better”
THE GUARDIAN “With the release of new album Spectre… they openly comment on Snowden, WikiLeaks, protest movements, the wobbling Euro and the Arab spring. It’s high time to start catching up with this most unusual and frequently misunderstood group.”
THE QUIETUS, “Laibach’s endlessly provocative pop-art has made the average Turner Prize winner seem like a child getting a little bit transgressive with its Lego”
For future tour dates and the latest information, please go to http://spectre.laibach.org/tour-dates/
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The Liberation Day Concerts have been supported by Arts Council Norway