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When Did it All Turn Grey? — Danish Post-Punk Outfit Violence Debut “Colour Decay” Featuring T A K E R

“When did it all turn grey?”

Violence is a post-punk band hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark. With their roots firmly planted in the fertile soil of the European punk and hardcore scene, they’ve played over 100 shows in the underground circuit. The band decided it was time for a bit of a metamorphosis, swapping out their harsh punk sounds for a modern twist on the late ’80s post-punk vibe.

Their music, now steeped in melancholy and airy atmospheres, is a bit like if The Cure’s Disintegration took a holiday in contemporary times, picked up some synths, and decided to plant a few roots. Violence has managed to create a world that nods respectfully to the introspective charm of the past while adding their own fresh, moody spin; a bit like finding a vintage leather jacket that fits just right—nostalgic yet perfectly in tune with today.

Their new single Colour Decay, out today, weaves the brooding intensity of late ’80s post-punk with the pulsing undercurrents of ’90s European dance music, all set atop a foundation of UK garage drumbeats and trance synths. This unorthodox fusion results in a sound that’s both melancholic and unexpectedly enthralling. Joined by Saskia Karlholm of the Danish shoegaze band T A K E R, Colour Decay transitions from a stark post-punk tune into an experimental dance track that practically dares you to stand still.

Colour Decay is a lament for a world drained of its vibrancy, leaving behind the grey desolation of a life devoid of meaningful emotions and experiences. Think of it as the musical equivalent of discovering your favorite black-and-white film was actually shot in colour—there’s a certain charm to the gloom, but you can’t help but wonder what you’ve been missing.

Listen to “Colour Decay, featuring T A K E R” below:

In 2022, Violence’s debut album, Area Sub Rosa, earned its fair share of applause and perhaps a few puzzled head tilts. As they continue their musical evolution (or perhaps revolution), Violence is teasing us with promises of new music this year.

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Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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