We are proud to declare that on June 21, 2011 (the Summer Solstice) our second album Natural Causes will finally be officially released!
We had spent most of 2010 communicating and negotiating with different record labels and distribution companies from around the world. After considering all of our options, we decided to work with Orlando, Fl’s Melodic Revolution Records on distributing and promoting the album.
Natural Causes was recorded in part, mixed and mastered at Bardo Studios, one of the most renowned recording studios in Israel. In this album we are joined by a rhythm section comprised of master musicians Yaniv Shalev and Yatziv Caspi (Yuval Ron and Residents of the Future) as well as a string quartet featured in two songs.
The physical album insert features a poster of magnificent artwork created by digital artist Vitaly S. Alexius, with design by our own Opher Vishnia. The highly-detailed artwork includes imagery and symbols from the lyrics of different songs on Natural Causes, creating a giant multi-conceptual collage.
Natural Causes will be distributed in all of the popular digital media outlets such as iTunes, AmazonMP3 and Rhapsody and in selected stores around the world.
For more information please visit: http://solstice.co.il/ and http://www.melodicrevolution.com/
If you’d like to pre-order a copy of Natural Causes or request a copy for a review, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Folks, since MySpace is getting worse by the day, we've decided not to put much effort into this wretched site anymore. I simply don't have the time, the energy or the will to manage this pathetic excuse for a social network, and after they've completely ruined our page's design and the user interface, it's time to call it quits.
The page will still be around, we're not removing it (I've put in WAY too many hours into it to just do that), but we will not be visiting it ourselves that often, and I will no longer be monitoring our friend requests, messages, and comments since none of them come from real people anyway. I've set the preferences to auto-accept requests, and turned all e-mail notifications off. Hopefully that will have the desired effect, because in the past this type of actions produced results that were the exact opposite of what they were supposed to do.
So - if you want to find out more about us, we have this, a real website where you can catch up with everything that's going on with us. Also, you can follow us on Facebook and on Twitter if you're really hardcore fans.
Hopefully MySpace will receive it's well deserved funeral soon. In the meantime, don't waste your time adding us as friends because we will not longer be paying attention to that.
Once again the most celebrated holiday of all is here, and we are obligated to mention it under our contract with the person who has the rights to this thousands year old pagan ritual.
Some of you know it as Christmas, others call it Hanukkah (although Hanukkah is celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar, which this year landed on December 1), I just call it my dad’s birthday (who is turning 60 on the 24th).
Random Facts About this Year's Winter Solstice
As it turns out, this year’s Winter Solstice will be accompanied by a lunar eclipse, which is something very rare and I guess we should all be very impressed.
The problem with naming your band after a natural phenomenon and consequently an ancient pagan ritual, is that odds are, you’re not the first to have thought of that. That led to our decision to change the band’s name from simply Solstice to Solstice Coil – figured we were safe from duplicity, right?
Wrong. When you Google Solstice Coil, which I have done once or twice in the course of my lifetime, you’ll occasionally hit some unwanted results, like a site that sell ignition coils for the Pontiac Solstice.
Or you could make an unexpected musical discovery. In our early years, even when searching Google for Solstice Coil using brackets, we’d still get this result in the first pages. It’s a “band” called Coil, which released a series of albums revolving around the concept of the Winter and Summer Solstices.
Now, I warn you – this is not a good band. As a matter of fact, it’s a horrible, horrible band. It’s one of those bands that use the “experimental” tag to hide the fact that they really, really suck. So if you stumble upon them when searching for Solstice Coil, as I’m sure most of you do on a daily basis, just do yourselves a favor and don’t be tempted to listen to them, not even out of sheer curiosity. Seriously, just stay away. Don’t. I said don’t! Oh man, you just had to…
For those of you who still don’t know what the Winter Solstice is, I guess you haven’t been following this blog on a yearly basis, so click the link and educate yourselves!
I just got one of the best mails I've received of late and I wanted to share it with you: So while whacking my brains out trying to invent a Hebrew letter (*sigh*... Bezalel homework assignments in Typography) I got this nice email from Will at Pongid. Apparently we've been selected as Artist of the Month for December 2010. Cool, eh? Other than that, we'll be played in the featured artist shows from now on and will remain in 24/7 play for a while! Yeah! We will also get own page on the site after December is over in our featured artist section... What more could we ask for?
But wait, while that is definitely cool, that is not what makes this correspondence so great, for you see, attached the the mail itself in all its simian glory was this picture:
They frakking sent us a picture of a monkey! You simply cannot be unhappy when you get a picture of monkey in your email. Seriously.
I tried to convey my joy to the rest of my bandmates:
ok. what.they sent us a picture of a monkey.
i'm so going to post this on the blog.
On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 8:04 AM, Shir Deutch <email@example.com> wrote:
That's their logo, it seems.
and Shai, always with a party to poop on:
On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 09:25, Shai Yallin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
"pongid", from "pongo", the latin name for orangutans
pffft... fine. I'll keep the monkey to myself.
(Check us out and our monkey over at pongid!)