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was a point when I believed I would never make another record,"
explains Chris Corner, concerning his band IAMX's
sudden break from recording a few years ago due to chronic insomnia.
"I associated my career with everything that was hurting me,
but slowly I managed to filter out the poison and get back to what
I really love." Preparing for the release of his first new
material since 2013's The Unified Field,
his new single "Happiness" (Metropolis
Records) will be made available on June 19, 2015 via
iTunes and other digital outlets. The song will also available
that day as a free download on the band's website
when you join their mailing list. A video for the song will be revealed
on June 29, 2015.
A gorgeous intersection of electronics and Corner's fragile yet
commanding voice, "Happiness" is trademark
IAMX but jacked up with a fresh sense of urgency. "It feels
purer in concept and execution. My intention was to go back to one
man, one machine- all electronic and self-contained," He explains.
"I limited my sound to drum machines, a few synthesizers and
piano samples. It helped me get back to the essence of IAMX and
made the recording process much easier, giving me room to focus
on the vocal performance and the message."
Like most IAMX songs, "Happiness" thematically
struggles with purity amidst corruption. "Corruption and hypocrisy
is everywhere. It tears our world apart," he continues. "I
can't look at the news anymore. It makes my blood boil and my soul
weep to see so much horror and disgusting abuse, so much ignorance
and mind control. What a bizarre contradiction we are. All we want
is to be loved… the burning irony of our existence."
Included with the single is a minimal and powerful remix by icon
Gary Numan. "I love the remix and I love him,"
he says of his friend and peer. "It takes balls to strip a
song down to the bare bones and ride with it. This brooding minimal
approach is a great contrast to the original - fully complimentary
and wonderful remix."
artwork for "Happiness"
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released track from the upcoming album Metanoia which
will be released this Fall (more info soon), "Happiness"
also marks a geographical shift for Corner, who left the dark and
oppressive streets of Berlin for the sunnier, temperate climes of
Los Angeles to seek inspiration and escape. "Berlin was a playground
that gave me room and confidence to pursue IAMX fearlessly,"
he says. "In some ways, it made me self-indulgent, which I
don't regret, but I also fell into a dark hole in Berlin. I found
myself always making music in the deep winter. I felt totally alone
in my work - burnt out and afraid of the future.” Thankfully,
Los Angeles provided an antidote… a change of environment
that afforded him the ability to continue with IAMX. "Being
in LA gives me a wider, more adult perspective on my life and my
work. I feel more grown-up here."
With the Fall release of Metanoia comes
the announcement of a full-fledged US tour – his first in
several years (tour dates below). Tickets go on sale on
Friday, June 19th, concurrent with release of the
single. "I want to tour," he says excitedly for the prospect
of reconnecting with his rabid legion of fans he hasn’t seen
in quite some time. "I want to see those beautiful passionate,
sweat-soaked faces in the crowd. I want this music to be heard and
I want to feel the ecstasy of performing and sharing. One thing
I've learnt is that fear is the killer. I hit rock bottom two years
ago. I've been as bad as I can be and I am still here. That gives
me so much strength and positivity. I am not afraid anymore."
"Happiness" is the first single from
IAMX's sixth album Metanoia and will be
released on June 19, 2015 via Metropolis
Records and the album can be preordered at the band's PledgeMusic
IAMX will be touring the US with a full band this
METANOIA TOUR 2015
6 - Constellation Room, Costa Mesa, CA
Oct. 7 - The Casbah, San Diego, CA
Oct. 9 - Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 10 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco,
Oct. 12 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
Oct. 13 - Neumo’s, Seattle, WA
Oct. 16 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 17 - Marquis Theater, Denver, CO
Oct. 19 - Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 20 - Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
Oct. 22 - The Shelter, Detroit, MI
Oct. 23 - Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct. 24 - Virgin Mobile Corona Theater, Montreal, QC,
Oct. 26 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
Oct. 27 - Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 28 - U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
Oct. 30 - Webster Hall, New York, NY
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