Following the announcement of a new single ‘Keep Your Darkness’, and the double album ‘The Anthology – 20 Years of Antiseptic Poetry’ Glasgow trio bis have confirmed three dates for January 2015. The releases come via Cargo who are also releasing deluxe editions of the band’s first three albums on 1stDecember.
The single is released as a 7″ vinyl/download of ‘Keep Your Darkness’ backed with a cover of Susan Fassbender’s 1981 minor hit, ‘Twilight Café’. Recorded with the full live band, ‘Keep Your Darkness’ carries some familiar bis influences, sounding like early Human League as played by Adam And The Ants with the signature triple-headed vocal assault. Fans will recognise the song from recent live shows, indeed it was widely considered the highlight of the band’s set at the closing ceremonies of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. On the flip is a raucous take on Susan Fassbender’s classic ‘Twilight Café’. Susan was an underrated and tragic figure, as evidenced by a recent Top Of The Pops 2 episode featuring the song. The caption read, “No-one seems to know anything about Susan….except Glasgow Indie-Pop stars, bis”. It’s a song the band have always loved, and finally their version sees the light of day.
The single shows the hard-hitting side of bis and will feature on forthcoming live shows, new material suggests a return to the guitar/synth/drum machine model of the early days, with the sonic element dialled back to POP with a twist. In other words, bis promise to keep their darkness.
Single ‘Keep Your Darkness’ 3 November
Album ‘The Anthology – 20 Years of Antiseptic Poetry’ 10 November
Deluxe Re-issues 1 December
‘The New Transistor Heroes’ / ‘Social Dancing’ / ‘Return To Central’
9 January – 2015 GLASGOW, Stereo
Tickets £9: www.seetickets.com/Event/bis/belgrave-music-hall/822181
Support from Cowtown: www.facebook.com/pages/COWTOWN/7567080935
and Ghosts of Dead Airplanes: www.facebook.com/GhostsOfDeadAirplanes
11 January – LONDON, Lexington