Best wishes for a great holiday season. We will be a taking a moment to relax until we get back to work in the studio =).
"Like the Hunted" is an editors Pick on Smother Magazine!! thanks to J-Sin
" Breathtaking. Both visually and audibly. “Like the Hunted” gives us unfortunate folks who haven’t seen Collide live in concert a chance to be there—practically on stage with the dynamic duo. Stuffed into this DVD is a slew of special features, videos, and their live performance at the El Rey in Los Angeles on April 14 of 2005. Ethereal vocals by kaRIN combined with the raw energy of Statik translates extremely well to the live stage setting. Not only is the band stunning to watch but so are the visuals with videos for their cover of the Dusty Springfield classic “Son of a Preacher Man” with a manic battle between stuffed pigs, strawberries, cowboys, cheerleaders, and more plus a couple other videos that you unfortunately won’t be seeing on MTV’s main channel. Kevin McVey helps out with the concert footage and a couple of the music videos and shows off his tremendous talent as well. Also included is an interview, photo gallery, and acoustic performances of “Modify” and “Deep”.
We have some release parties going on to celebrate the release of the DVD!!!
From Canada to Belarus in Russia, there will be lots going on :).
We are sending bunches of stuff, including signed DVDs, CDs, T-shirts, posters, necklaces, and some ballots to fill out. Everyone who wants to, will get a chance to win something for the evening, and every ballot will be turned back into us for a chance to win $100 worth of anything on the site.
Our thanks and appreciation to all of these clubs and DJs who have been super supportive over the years of our music and are having the DVD release parties. All of them have let us know they will be showing portions of the DVD. Please check the club schedule as they may be showing it early.
So if you happen to be in any of these areas and are looking for something to do...
View the article in Exotic Underground magazine written by Sonia Blue here
Here's an excerpt from the article...
"Most people are itching to stereotype a band into a particular Genre, tag it and bag it as it were. There are some bands that I can honestly say are their own genre-they've produced something uniquely bizzarre and surreally sublime. Some say it's all been done: I say not by a long shot. If your interested in hearing music that isn't easily labeled as this or that, I recommend you read on."
Like the Hunted (DVD)
We finally have an official release date for "Like The Hunted". It will be Tuesday Dec. 6th!!
Pre-sales have begun, please check the store for details and specials. Thanks to those of you who have already ordered.
Live At The El Rey (CD)
We are also releasing a live CD, as a seperate release from the DVD. It is available on the store now, and will ship on the same date as the DVD.
The tracklisting for the CD wil be the same as the live portion of the DVD, except we are adding the video edit of ""Euphoria" as a bonus track, which has been previously unavailable.
We finally have some artwork to look at! We will be going to press any moment now. As soon as we know an exact release date, we will begin pre-sales!!!
For those of you who do not know... up until now COLLIDE has been a studio band content to live within the walls of their studio creating music. After eleven years of making music and releasing CDs, the constant question of "would they ever play live?" began to haunt us. We really had no idea what it would be like to finally bring our music to life.
We gathered some very talented players to help interpret the sound from the studio to the stage. The players include Scott Landes on guitar, Kai Kurosawa on warr guitar and bass, Rogerio Silva on guitar, and Chaz Pease on drums. If you were ever wondering what it would be like to attend a COLLIDE show, this DVD will answer the question with a 14 song, 65-minute live concert.
What makes this concert even more interesting, is that although COLLIDE has been making music for many years, this was only our ninth live show ever. COLLIDE enlisted talented visionary Kevin McVey to help with the DVD shoot. This concert takes place at the historic El Rey Theater in Los Angeles and was filmed with 5 cameras and was recorded digitally into a Pro-Tools HD system. The "Live at the El Rey" part of the DVD also features a second angle (crane camera) for viewing during the entire concert. The entire concert is presented in widescreen, 16:9 format.
In addition, the DVD includes two of COLLIDE's videos also directed by Kevin McVey--"Euphoria" and "Son of a Preacherman". Like the Hunted will also include a video by newcomer Gabriel McIntyre, with his contemporary take on "Razor Sharp". The DVD also includes footage of Collide's West Coast tour for the songs "Like You Want to Believe" and "Wings of Steel", as well as a 17-minute interview and outtake piece entitled "The Modification. Like The Hunted also features COLLIDE unplugged, performing the songs "Deep" and "Modify". Finally, it includes a photo gallery of over 150 photos.
Here is the tracklisting....
We are very sad to announce that the 2006 Annual Gothic Cruise and Masquerade Ball will be cancelled this year, due to circumstances beyond our control. This is very unfortunate and we are extremely disappointed and apologize to anyone else that was also looking forward to this event.
It seems you just can't argue with Mother Nature.
Anyway, all deposits are completely refundable through Goth Travel and Zaida at Zaidab@gothtravel.com To anyone who had a confirmed booking reservation for the 2006 Cruise, and is also on our mailing list already we will be happy to send a free DVD (one per cabin).
If you are one of these people, please write to us directly at collide with your mailing address to receive a free copy of "Like the Hunted" when it is ready. So... the good news is... as soon as we finish up with the final details of the DVD, we plan to get back in the studio to work on some new material.
Maybe we'll write a dark song about drowning ourselves in the ocean...oh we already did that... off to listen to "Ocean" from Chasing the Ghost.
Cheers to Statik. That's right...tomorrow ...September 27th is Statik's birthday. Feel free to send him some well wishes. He has been working REALLY hard on finishing up the DVD. It's almost finished, and we think it's going to be pretty GREAT!!! Pre-orders will start soon...we'll keep you updated with more information very soon.
Thanks to Steven Hurst at Glasswerk.co.uk we have a new review of Vortex. " NIN’s affiliate Charlie Clauser has the honour of presenting the first remix of Euphoria that is nothing but a work of rock genius. The first couple of minutes build and build until you are thrown into a void of guitar ecstasy. And this quality is pretty much maintained throughout the first CD. There are a few covers of note as well – But the non-remix highlight has to be ‘Predator’ which is a gothic masterpiece..." Read more here.
View the 3-way interview with Virus, Skinny Puppy and Collide here
Thanks so much to Dominik at VIRUS Magazine... we love him =). For those who do not know, VIRUS has been absolutely vital to the underground music scene for some time now as an e-zine and also a very informative newsletter. VIRUS is now a printed magazine and is just about to release it's very first issue on November 9th!! In this very first issue, VIRUS asks Collide to converse with good friend cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy. This is a lengthy 5 full page discussion between VIRUS, Collide and Skinny Puppy... covering everything from dreams to death.
Show your support to this great magazine by ordering this first issue now, and be kept up to date with this great magazine and very informative newsletter. If you act quickly, there is a special offer going...please say hi to Dominik and let him know Collide sent you.
(Pre-order from the U.S. by September 29, 2005 and get VIRUS! Magazine's issue #1 for 2.50 US $ incl. postage.)
Thanks Blu and Kristina Rogers.
"It’s a rare delight to come across an independent artist who’s managed to defy the odds and put out a truly polished and professional indie release. Collide, a vastly talented California duo who has successfully released a string of remarkable albums on their very own NoisePlus label, is precisely such a band. Vortex, Collide’s latest offering, is a sleekly packaged 2-disc set, containing a variety of tracks off their last few CDs, remixed by an eclectic variety of both recognized and lesser-known artists. Impressive really doesn’t begin to describe it." Read more here
First off, we are very sad to hear of all the damage that the hurricane has caused. Our hearts go out to all of those people affected by the storm. We will be donating all proceeds from both Vortex and Some Kind of Strange purchased through CD Baby for the next two weeks. CD Baby is a great company and has always been supportive of independent artists like ourselves. So...if you are feeling like you would like to help out through a donation to the Red Cross, now is a good time to purchase a CD. You can get some new music and help those affected by the disaster at the same time.
So here we are in August....and we thought we'd say hi and give you an update about what's going on in Collide land.
As usual, time seems to be going by way too fast. We are busy finishing up the DVD, and slowly starting on new music...never enough time in a day.
We always hear from people that they are having a hard time finding our music in stores...we know that it is almost impossible. Unfortunately, as an independent band, it's really tough to get proper distribution. Thanks so much to our fabulous guitar player and computer programmer extrodinare Scott Landes, who has built a new store for us with some more whistles and bows to make it easier to order anything Collide or Saints & Sinners related. Please stop by the store and let us know what you think, we want your feedback. There is also a place to write reviews and some specials going on.
We were on the cover of Rock City Magazine. Thanks so much to Ruben for the article and to Chad Michael Ward for the photography. View the Rock City Magazine's article with Collide titled "Erotic Music to Entrance the Soul" here