French Cold Wave Crew to Release New Album, ‘Apollo’, September 15
Paris-based Soror Dolorosa creates raw and hungry gothic rock inspired by post-punk, death rock and cold wave. French for “Sister Pain”, Soror Dolorosa was formed in 2001 by vocalist Andy Julia. Now signed to Prophecy Productions(Alcest, Valborg), the group will release its new album, ‘Apollo’ on September 15. In advance of the record’s release, Soror Dolorosa unveils the new track, “Everyway“, which Julia calls, “a gloomy pop song”. Hear “Everyway” now, at THIS location (via Last Rites). Taking its name from the novel “Bruges-la-morte“ by Flemish symbolist writer Georges Rodenbach, Soror Dolorosa (English: Sister Pain) channels its inspiration’s strong undercurrents of passion, nostalgia and mourning, transferring those powerful emotional states into its music and live performances. These signature elements of the group’s sonic formula are heard in its muscular songs, jangling guitars, overdriven bass lines, driving rhythms and Julia‘s distinctive, dramatic vocal style.
Invisible Oranges also premiered the new Soror Dolorosa song, “The End“, saying, “Holding up against genre greats like Closed Session and Asylum Party, Soror Dolorosa’s fourth album shows the band ascending into the upper echelons of emotive, cold, urban post-punk.” Hear Soror Dolorosa‘s “The End” at THIS location.
Four years in the making, ‘Apollo’ is Soror Dolorosa’s crowning achievement; a bombastic dystopian world view encapsulated in dark popcraft. Melodic and memorable, the album shines a light on both stunning beauty and haunting sadness with Julia‘s foreboding, prophet of doom baritone soaring on down a long and lonesome highway full of baroque, exquisite anguish. The four sides of the double LP are presented like the passing of the four seasons, creating an audio life cycle. With Soror Dolorosa, everything starts and ends within this ancestral conception.
“Travels were the key inspiration for the songs on ‘Apollo’,” Julia says. A renowned editorial photographer in Paris’ elite fashion industry, the frontman is also an exhibited artist and published author who travels the globe. “Passing through plains, mountains, cities, forests and deserts; all of these sensations, all of these smells are remembered and represented within the songs simple melodies and die hard grooves.”
Long associated with acts such as Alcest, Les Discrets and Lantlôs, it makes perfect sense for Prophecy to welcome Julia and Soror Dolorosa to its family of artists. Long compared to standard-bearers such as Fields of the Nephilim, The Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division and Bauhaus, it too makes sense that Soror Dolorosa continues to grow its sound and vision; and with ‘Apollo’, they have taken that very next step. For the band, ‘Apollo’ isn’t just a new album, it’s a spiritual quest.
2.) Locksley Hall
3.) That Run
4.) Everyway (Last Rites premiere)
5.) Night is our Hollow
6.) Another Life
7.) Breezed & Blue
9.) The End (Invisible Oranges premiere)
10.) A Long Way Home
11.) A Meeting
12.) Deposit Material
13.) Golden Snake
Apollowill be released as a digipak CD, gatefold 2xLP (on 180g vinyl, including special vinyl mastering) and as a deluxe 3xCD/DVD artbook (measuring 28×28 cm, including 72 pages) including the ‘Rive Gauche’ live album on 2xCD and DVD featuring 110 minutes of concert footage. Pre-order Apollo at this location.
In tandem with Apollo’ Prophecy will also reissue Soror Dolorosa’s entire back catalog which includes ‘Severance’ (2009, with unreleased bonus track), ‘Blind Scenes’ (2011) and ‘No More Heroes’ (2013).
In addition to Andy Julia, Soror Dolorosa features Hervé Carles (bass), Nicolas Mons(guitar), David-Alexandre Parquier (guitar) and Frank Ligabue (drums).Follow the band on Facebook.
Soror Dolorosa is available to speak with interested media. To chat with the band or request a review copy of Apollo, simply contact Carl Schultz at ACTION! PR.
“It’s no doubt that Apollo is the best, most complete, work to date for Soror Dolorosa. And, contrary to rational opinion, the fact that Apollo is more than an hour long, it’s a gift from the dark gods. So laugh, love, romance, die and consume soft red wines. Let Soror Dolorosa play you softly and groovily into the fall season.” –LAST RITES
“Their cold, gothic sound is one we’ve all heard before, albeit some twenty or thirty years ago, but this quartet are taking 70s rock and 80s goth back and injecting it with some twenty-first century class and gorgeous French beauty.” – SCENE POINT BLANK