After dropping their third video single “Forever Wrong” a couple of weeks ago, electrifying duo The Designs released their debut album today.
“[IN]VENT” is a fusion of electronic and metal elements, an emotional collection of hard-hitting guitar riffs and melancholic synth work. Produced by Italy’s esteemed Eddy Cavazza (Paramore, Machine Head) it underlines contrasts and elevates melodies.
“We were going for something straightforward, yet chaotic. Disturbing but polished…” says Billy T. Cooper, the male half of the duo and primary author: “It’s definitely an emotional purge. Very psychological, as any honest music is, I think. All about contradictions, obsessions, flashes of confusion and clarity. By ‘venting’ inwards, you create something new in the process. So, we named the album [IN]VENT.”
The album artwork, relevantly obscure, was done Snovonne ‘Sno’ Drake, the female voice and force behind the band’s graphic and video work. Sno says: “Catharsis is a crucial element for us, which is why we like to portray a complete work of art, from music to design and video. A world people can spend some time in… connect to the deeper parts of their human nature and maybe awaken a different idea of themselves. Get away from interpreting the world rationally all the time.”
Listen to [IN]VENT on Spotify
In a few days, fans will be able to enjoy the [IN]VENT show live. The Designs are hitting the road supporting horror-rock icons Christian Death on their European tour:
22/8 - Ljubjana, SV - Channel Zero
23/8 - Budapest, HU - Analog Music Club
28/8 - Helmond, NL - Cacaofabriek
29/8 - Paris, FR - Glazart
31/8 - London, UK - Underworld
1/9 - Lille, FR - The Back Lab
2/9 - Bilzen, BE - South Of Heaven
4/9 - Copenhagen, DK - Hotel Cecil
5/9 - Stockholm, SE - Slaktkyrkan
7/9 - Helsinki, FI - Tavastia
You can order [IN]VENT on CD here.
Watch the latest video single “Forever Wrong” here:
Previous video singles:
“More Than This”
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