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14th November 2017

black moth

Black Moth are to play a run of UK shows in February 2018 ahead of the release of their upcoming album 'Anatomical Venus'. These dates follow two recent shows in London and Leeds to celebrate their latest single, 'Moonbow'.

Vocalist Harriet Hyde tells us:

"Black Moth eagerly anticipate February' UK tour to promote our thirrd album, 'Anatomical Venus'. Some days the prospect feels like an ideal opportunity to exorcise some demons and inflate our egos a little to see us through the dark winter months. Some days it fills us with morbid anxiety and existential dread.

"Nevertheless, we will hit that road and play you our music hoping that you like it or otherwise formulating psychological defences against your hypothetical disapproval."

black moth
Federica Gialanze'

Black Moth's first two albums were released by New Heavy Sounds and 'Anatomical Venus' will be issued worldwide via Candlelight Records on February 23rd 2018, the result of an alliance between Candlelight and NHS.

'Anatomical Venus' was produced by Andy Hawkins (Hawk Eyes, Maximo Park) with Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) handling the mix. The Leeds/London band are made up of vocalist Harriet Hyde, guitarists Jim Swainston and Federica Gialanze', bassist Dave Vachon and drummer Dom McCready.

Latest single 'Moonbow' provides the first taste of things to come, successfully combining wide-eyed wonder with true Metallic weight, the whole thing supported by a clip that delivers from the off in both intensity and colour. Watch the video here:

The new album's name, 'Anatomical Venus', and central theme, was arrived at when Hyde was introduced to the 18th century wax models of the female form employed by male surgeons to learn their craft.

"The Anatomical Venus spoke volumes to me," she reflects. "She embodies the male gaze, a history of men dissecting women in an attempt to understand her, reveal her magic, snuff out her unruly flame, while all the time needing her to be beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to their taste.

"These models are not simply practical medical models for education – they are fetish objects, women stripped back as far as you can go.

"But there is a look of defiance in their eyes as if to say, 'keep looking if you like. I dare you. Peel back my skin and peep behind my ribcage, you won't find anything unless I choose to tell you'."

Black Moth have appeared at a number of high-profile UK festivals including Download, Reading & Leeds and Bloodstock Open Air and guested in the UK and Europe with artists such as L7, The Sisters Of Mercy and Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats.

Tour dates are:

7th February: Hope & Ruin, Brighton
8th February: Boston Music Rooms, London
9th February: Rebellion, Manchester
11th February: Garage Attic, Glasgow
12th February: The Cluny 2, Newcastle
13th February: Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
14th February: Fuel, Cardiff
15th February: Waterfront Studios, Norwich
16th February: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds


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