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“Downhill from Here” EP available as digital download and luxury digipack!

Live dates

New single ‘Towers so Tall’ out on October 23rd!

Having spent some time writing the first full-length Heliophile album in relative silence, it’s time to reveal some of the new material. The new single ‘Towers so Tall’ will have a B-side called ‘Satellite’ and the two tracks will be available on digital distribution channels from October 23rd.

New live bass player

Following the departure of Jos from the live line-up, Bernard will take on bass guitar duties from now on. We’re very happy to have him on board! Unfortunately, Bernard’s participation in the upcoming three shows in April is still unsure, because he’s still recovering from an injury to the hand. The gigs will take place as planned, however.

New single ‘Echo Chamber’ out on November 24th

We hope you’ll enjoy ‘Echo Chamber’, a brand new track released digitally on November 24th. It’s an energetic song about how the media can get the facts wrong in their rush to feed the public with quick answers and easy scapegoats. Its exclusive radio debut will be on the evening of November 23rd on the Dave Charles Show. Have a listen to this great show with synthpop, rock, dance and metal between 8pm and 11pm CET at Harborough FM.

Heliophile to play i-Synth III in Lille, France

We’ll make two appearances at the i-Synth III festival in Lille, France, on April 24th and 25th 2015. Our ‘normal’ show takes place on Friday evening and we’ll play an in-store showcase gig at the Cultura record and book store on the Saturday afternoon. We’re very excited to meet some of the biggest synthpop fans in Europe and be part of the amazing line-up with Vile Electrodes, Shiny Darkness, Analog Angel, Dancing with Ruby, Pulse, Eurasianeyes and People Theatre. See you there!

Background of ‘Econocide’ lyrics

The lyrics of the song  ‘Econocide’, the first track on the “Downhill from Here” EP, were inspired by the work of the Dutch journalist Joris Luyendijk. Joris spent a lot of time researching the culture of London’s financial sector and kept a blog about it for The Guardian. In trying to explain how the financial crisis could have happened, he looked into the minds of the people (bankers, traders, etc.) working in the City and drew surprising conclusions. His findings and quotes from other people in the TV documentary “Het Brein van de Bankier” (“The mind of the banker”) helped me to create the fictional, but realistic, character that the song is about.

The Joris Luyendijk Banking Blog

The TV documentary (in Dutch)

And of course, the song ‘Econocide’ with lyrics

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