Recorded at Haldern Pop Festival earlier this year, the video for ‘Kingdom’ shows HOPE at their vibrant core. Returning from a wild year of touring with the likes of ALGIERS, IDLES and METZ and slots at Pop-Kultur Berlin, Haldern Pop and Reeperbahn Festival, the band have been in the studio with Jim Barr (Portishead) working on an upcoming 2019 EP release.
In 2017, producer Olaf Opal (The Notwist) built a studio in the remains of an abandoned lung sanatorium on the outskirts of Berlin, where the band recorded their debut LP. This space captured a cold ambience that colours the recording in a unique way. The album’s artwork is minimal and their information sparse, which allows the audience to experience their heavy sounds in the purest possible way.
To help conjure an image of their sonic reaction simply imagine Portishead formed in Berlin today: Sculptor Josef Beuys then shreds the band with a coarse wire brush, and exhibits them in a dark, 100-foot high silo to produce artificial icebergs. The resulting ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ may well be a close approximation.