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Very pleased to announce that PLACEBO will be playing OpenAir Festival, St. Gallen, Switzerland on Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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B3 of Placebo released on October 15,2012 and some fans were astonished that such a big band known for their LPs went back to an EP usually reserved for new artists.Surprising?Actually no.For established bands,it can be a creative pose or a way to get an idea of the future. "Our new record company asked us for a single and we thought it would be nice to offer five tracks rather than one or two.So we released the EP B3 in 2012,with our new producer, Adam Noble." Brian Molko,Le Soir 2013
Let's put this EP in context. It's been 16 years since Placebo released their first album before winning with records like Without You I'm Nothing, Sleeping With Ghosts and Meds,which ended with the departure of Steve Hewitt.Placebo had to renew themself to make a new start, embodied by Steve Forrest.Battle For the Sun is rather a great album but we are far from the romanticism of previous albums.Announcing a new album,B3 showed Placebo's willingness to set out again on a new basis and to do as they did at the beginning,in order to better apprehend the future. "At the time we got in the studio to record one and only single, just one song.Then we thought fans would like to hear more, that's where the idea of the EP came from.While we were in the studio recording "B3",the idea of working on a full album insidiously came in our minds.Spontaneously,we were already writing Loud Like Love." Brian Molko,My Rock 2013
Having several genres,rock,electro,pop,without ever really decide in favor of one of them,B3 and its 5 tracks was far from disappointing.The opening is done with the eponymous track B3,which reminds me Special Needs.This track thus strongly looks like a return to the beginnings of the band.The cover of Minxus,I Want You To Stop,dating back to 1994,when Placebo began their career,is fairly faithful and well executed.The tempo then slows down with the acoustic The Extra.Powerful guitars then return with I Know Where You Live.Finally, the hypnotic Time Is Money spans more than seven minutes. ● katy ● 📸 Brian Molko, Sundance London April 2012 by Gareth Cattermole
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You're slipping slowly from my reach
You grow me like an evergreen
You've never seen the lonely me at all... without you I’m nothing... #placebo2020 #placebo20 #placebofans #placeboworld #brianmolko #davidbowie
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In BFTS, there are tracks which oscillate between the correct and the very great, even the excellent,a kind of rock with powerful guitars and also pop sounds.The musical direction was very original on BFTS.Very effective,inspired and melodic at the same time,this sixth studio album has some innovations and symphonic contributions scattered but relevant as the presence of strings,brass or dancing rhythms.This showed Placebo's willingness to evolve.
The production of David Bottrill and the mixing of Alan Moulder was a marvel.Them work changed on each song.The sound is dense, the guitars powerfuls,and there is an important place left to the bass of Stefan Olsdal. "We felt real relief when we finished Battle Of The Sun,we surprised ourselves, getting rid of our inhibitions...We needed to challenge ourselves.We are coming back from far away." Brian Molko,Les Inrockuptibles 2009
The initial song Kitty Litter,effective and powerful,showed us the new musical direction of Placebo and the quality of the album.This track greeted the listener almost by surprise,with its heavy American sounds and its powerful and swift rhythm.Spontaneous,Kitty Litter seduced by its nagging heaviness which reminds me almost Nancy Boy,the song has this sound a little 'punk' of the first albums.Brian's singing is amazing,i love whe he sighed : "I need a change".The break with the clapping also on " I need a change of skin " is bright,as unexpected as it is effective. "We took part in a symphony for 101 electric guitars composed by Rhys Chatham in London.We had guitars with strange tunings, and hanging out backstage we started to jam on what eventually became Kitty Litter.It’s curious how some songs take 5 minutes to write and some 14 years! That song definitely has a bit of a raw edge to it." Stefan Osdal,The Korea Times 2009 ● katy ● 📸 Brian Molko,The Leeds Festival, August 2009 by Shirlaine Forrest
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Corinne Day was the photographer who designed and developed,with Blue Source,the artwork for the album Without You I'M Nothing and so most of the singles which came from it (Pure Morning,Every You Every Me ...) We all know the beautiful Without You I'M Nothing cover photo,this cult image with the two twins facing each other.Like many i was fascinated by this photo and its very mysterious side. "We have always thought that clips, album covers are something which are necessary but if it's necessary,if it must be done it must be art and it must communicate emotion.It must say something about the human being [...] It was important to us to have an image which represents a relationship between two people but nothing sexual,something greater than that.And, I think the relationship between two twin brothers or sisters,we can't understand that unless we are, so it's something mysterious." Brian Molko, Radio21 1999
The other photos of the booklet are also those of Corinne Day.She did also other photoshoots of Placebo. Later, Brian particularly talked about the twins and who they are. "Sally and Sarah are working in the music business for record labels and promo agencies.They are well known in the London musical scene. We used their twinning to represent the most intense relationship, so mysterious that few can grasp it." Brian Molko,VOXPOP 2009
Corinne Day's work was influenced by grunge culture, the style of "dirty realism".It came from the eponymous American literary movement of the 70s and 80s.After, we found it in advertising and fashion,in particular, thanks to the supermodel Kate Moss,which the photographer introduced to the world.
Corinne died on August 27,2010 because of a brain tumor at the age of 48.Placebo payed tribute to her memory singing Song To Say Goodbye during a gig in Italy on September 1, 2010.
For the 20 years of Without You I'M Nothing,Stefan, Sarah and Sally Edwards had an interview about the album but also about the picture itself.
Corinne Day and her art will remain forever in our minds. ● Katy ● 📸 Corinne Day
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