Buy Album: https://cloneculturelfr.bandcamp.com/album/clone-culture
Band website: https://www.facebook.com/cloneculture/
Stefano Castelli – vocals/synth
Marco Tafuri – guitars/synth
Andrea Galmanini – bass
Moreno Ussi – drums
1. I Wonder If You Lie
2. Wide Awake
3. The Number Ones
4. The Bleeding Wonder
5. Does Anybody Know
6. Love Is The Fear Of What I Do
7. Every Nothing
8. What If?
9. To Call Your Name Again
Listening to Italy’s Clone Culture made me feel like they were a long lost band straight from the 1980s. They capture a genuine Post-Punk and Dark Wave sound that would easily bring the goths to the dance floor. It is always a joy to discover new bands in this scene where clubs nights are dominated heavily by the same old same old. While I do love The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Joy Division and all the first greats that shaped the sound of the Goth scene we do desperately need new blood. Not since She Past Away have I heard a newer generation band that makes me want sway the night away.
Clone Culture is signed with Life Force Records from Leipzig Germany. With their self titled debut album they offer 10 solid songs that transport me to that magical era that many of us Gruftis (german slang for goths) cling on to and seem perpetually stuck in. They even had Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Wre, Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and more) mix ‘Love Is The Fear Of What I Do’. I can hear the passion poured into this album and it sounds very genuine. Each song has its poppy synth style but with a healthy dose of melancholy.
The vocals of Stefano Castellli are clean, clear and well balanced with the instruments and has a very acoustic and nearly live sound. The tone and smoothness of his voice and singing style work perfectly and set the mood for each song. Love Is The Fear Of What I Do has a great post punk and rock sound with a little bit of a reggae sound in the mix. I really enjoyed every song on the record and the ones that I really enjoyed the most were, I Wonder If You Lie, The Number Ones, To Call Your Name Again and C8h11n. I enjoyed the darker atmosphere of these tracks. The whole album is pretty solid for me and I think if you enjoy Dark Wave, gothic rock, new wave and synth music then you will find this band and their debut album worth repeated listening as well as attending live shows. I know I would definitely like to see them live and hopefully hear them played at our local goth clubs and events. So I give them a 4.5 out of 5 rating. I look forward to seeing more from these guys in the future.