The Bellwether Syndicate
– Golden Age

Released: 31 March 2023

The Bellwether Syndicate – Golden Age
simply remarkable
The Bellwether Syndicate have dropped their latest single, “Golden Age,” and this one is simply remarkable.

From the get-go, you’re met with an exceptionally catchy and captivating guitar riff that ebbs into a poignant, smooth male vocal line intertwined with lovely female backing vocal harmonies – the sheer musicality of it is awe-inspiring.

The chorus is a magnificent tapestry of sounds and influences from the band’s illustrious past as well as outside sources, all blending together in perfect harmony.

In a word, this new single is sensational, and its official video is spectacular. I’m often eager for upcoming albums, but I’ve been lucky enough to hear it ahead of its launch and am confident that my forthcoming review will back up these claims.

Golden Age promises to be yet another classic hit from the fantastic Bellwether Syndicate.
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FANTASTIC

Alternative post-punk outfit The Bellwether Syndicate have released 'Golden Age', the final single from their 'Vestige & Vigil' album, out on April 28 via Sett Records in North America and elsewhere via Nexilis Records /  Schubert Music Europe.

With its ethereal atmosphere and haunted vocals, 'Golden Age' warns of getting lost in nostalgia at the cost of the remaining time, yielding an unforgettable shimmering chorus that stays with you. Directed by William Faith, the accompanying video was created by Sarah Rose Faith, Kristen Chiacchia, Hani von Gehenna and William Faith with still images by Bobby Talamine, Kristen Chiacchia and James Currie.

Based in Chicago, The Bellwether Syndicate is William Faith (vox, guitars), Sarah Rose Faith (vox, guitars), Philly Peroxide(keyboards, percussion), Stevyn Grey (drums) and Corey Gorey (guitars). Formerly of seminal goth acts Christian Death, Mephisto Walz and Shadow Project and co-founder of Faith & The Muse, William Faith moved from his native LA to Chicago in 2010, forming The Bellwether Syndicate with Sarah Rose Faith a.k.a. Scary Lady Sarah, one of the scene’s most eminent DJs and club promoters and host of Nocturna, the longest-running goth event in North America.

Six years in the making, the 'Vestige & Vigil' LP was produced by William Faith, whose credits include Jarboe, Clan of Xymox, Bootblacks and Autumn, and Chad Blinman (Face To Face, Faith and The Muse, Jarboe). It was recorded by William Faith at 13 Studio in Chicago and mixed by Blinman at The Eye Socket. This album comes 9 years after debuting with 'The Night Watch' EP and four years since their latest single, 'Republik'.

"Golden Age' is a rare gift in that I received nearly the entire song in a dream… The beat, the guitar and bass melody, and the chorus lyric were all just there in my head when I woke up and, without saying a word to Sarah, I ran down to the studio to capture it before I lost it," explains William Faith.

"It has a haunting quality which felt very nostalgic to me, so the lyric is really about the danger of getting lost in nostalgia and losing the present as a result. This is a conversation we have a lot, as so many people seem to stop looking ahead, content to rummage through the past. I’ve always said that tomorrow is way more interesting to me than yesterday, so this song warns about getting stuck there. As for the chorus, it’s anyone’s guess what it means, as it’s all a dream!"

This single follows singles 'We All Rise' (a tale of hope and struggle, of inner courage and rage for what could be), 'Beacons' (its ‘set adrift’ narrative supported by liquid, chorused guitars and distress-signal bass and synth) and the glam-noir lead track 'Dystopian Mirror'.

As of March 31, 'Golden Age' is will be available from all fine digital outlets, including Apple MusicSpotify and Bandcamp, where the other singles can also be found. The full 'Vestige & Vigil' album will be released on April 28.

Das alternative Post-Punk-Outfit The Bellwether Syndicate hat "Golden Age", die letzte Single aus ihrem "Vestige & Vigil"-Album, veröffentlicht, das am 28. April über Sett Records in Nordamerika und anderswo über Nexilis Records / Schubert Music Europe veröffentlicht wurde.

Mit seiner ätherischen Atmosphäre und seinem Spukgesang warnt "Golden Age" davor, sich auf Kosten der verbleibenden Zeit in Nostalgie zu verlieren, und liefert einen unvergesslichen schimmernden Refrain, der bei Ihnen bleibt. Unter der Regie von William Faith wurde das begleitende Video von Sarah Rose Faith, Kristen Chiacchia, Hani von Gehenna und William Faith mit Standbildern von Bobby Talamine, Kristen Chiacchia und James Currie erstellt.

Das in Chicago ansässige Bellwether Syndicate ist William Faith (Vox, Gitarren), Sarah Rose Faith (Vox, Gitarren), Philly Peroxide (Keyboards, Percussion), Stevyn Grey (Schlagzeug) und Corey Gorey (Gitarren). Als ehemaliger bahnbrechender Gothic-Acts Christian Death, Mephisto Walz und Shadow Project und Mitbegründer von Faith & The Muse zog William Faith 2010 von seiner Heimat LA nach Chicago und gründete The Bellwether Syndicate mit Sarah Rose Faith alias Scary Lady Sarah, eine der bedeutendsten DJs und Clubveranstalter der Szene und Gastgeberin von Nocturna, dem am längsten laufenden Goth-Event in Nordamerika.

Sechs Jahre in der Herstellung wurde die LP "Vestige & Vigil" von William Faith produziert, zu dessen Credits Jarboe, Clan of Xymox, Bootblacks and Autumn und Chad Blinman (Face To Face, Faith and The Muse, Jarboe) gehören. Es wurde von William Faith im 13 Studio in Chicago aufgenommen und von Blinman im The Eye Socket gemischt. Dieses Album kommt 9 Jahre nach dem Debüt mit der EP "The Night Watch" und vier Jahre seit ihrer neuesten Single "Republik".

"Golden Age" ist ein seltenes Geschenk, da ich fast den gesamten Song in einem Traum erhalten habe... Der Beat, die Gitarren- und Bassmelodie und der Refrain waren alle in meinem Kopf, als ich aufwachte, und ohne ein Wort zu Sarah zu sagen, rannte ich ins Studio, um es einzufangen, bevor ich es verlor", erklärt William Faith.

"Es hat eine eindringliche Qualität, die sich für mich sehr nostalgisch anfühlte, so dass es in der Lyrik wirklich um die Gefahr geht, sich in Nostalgie zu verlieren und dadurch die Gegenwart zu verlieren. Dies ist ein Gespräch, das wir viel führen, da so viele Menschen anscheinend aufhören, nach vorne zu schauen und sich damit zufrieden geben, die Vergangenheit zu durchwühlen. Ich habe immer gesagt, dass morgen für mich viel interessanter ist als gestern, also warnt dieses Lied davor, dort festzustecken. Was den Refrain betrifft, so ist es jedermanns Vermutung, was es bedeutet, da es alles ein Traum ist!"

Diese Single folgt den Singles "We All Rise" (eine Geschichte von Hoffnung und Kampf, von innerem Mut und Wut für das, was sein könnte), "Beacons" (seine "set adrift"-Erzählung, die von flüssigen, chorierten Gitarren und Distress-Signal-Bass und Synthesizer unterstützt wird) und dem Glam-Noir-Le

Ab dem 31. März wird "Golden Age" in allen feinen digitalen Outlets erhältlich sein, darunter Apple Music, Spotify und Bandcamp, wo auch die anderen Singles zu finden sind. Das vollständige Album "Vestige & Vigil" wird am 28. April veröffentlicht.

Written and performed by The Bellwether Syndicate
Produced by William Faith & Chad Blinman
Recorded by William Faith at 13 Studio in Chicago
Mixed by Chad Blinman at The Eye Socket
Additional programming and treatments by Chad Blinman
Mastered by Josh Sebek
William Faith - Vox and guitars
Sarah Rose Faith - Vox and guitars
Corey Gorey - Guitars (live)
Philly Peroxide - Keyboards and percussion (live)
Stevyn Grey - Drums (live)
'Dystopian Mirror' video filmed by William Faith & David Staudacher
'Beacons' video filmed by William Faith & Sarah Rose Faith
'We All Rise' video filmed by Sidney Strong
All videos directed by William Faith

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