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Yesterday Is Forever

by WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW

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1.
Forever 1985 04:08
Forever 1985 Behold! This is no drill This is the real thing For this is the craving against your own true will This is the turnaround A door into the ocean wide A last stand for those of you Who are willing to fight Up the hill of worms And into the woods of fright No need to argue against the dying The dying of the light Raise your hands in the air and pray Throw it all away Yesterday’s a glory nation A Fatherland of your own creation A better scene A better sound A truer, a darker underground You are Forever lost in never Forever 1985 Forever lost in never Have you ever felt more alive? Forever lost in never Forever 1985 Hammer nostalgia hits you hard Driving your senses apart Back to basics Back to school Denying the nightmare Living by the rule The past is forever Significant other A treasured possession The one true lesson Tomorrow is gone Yesterday is forever Happily ever after All together now Forever lost in never Forever 1985 Forever lost in never Have you ever felt more alive? Forever lost in never Forever 1985 Hammer nostalgia hits you hard Driving your senses apart Forever 1985
2.
Adrift 03:21
Adrift Through darkness of future past Forever lost Keep laughing at your peril Beating the drum of mundane madness Ringing the bell at the Grand Hotel Abyss Ego, Ego let me in I’m here by own free will Adrift Where you stumble, lies the treasure Adrift The benefit of doubt What’s your pleasure? It’s so easy to get turned around By that familiar noise and a different sound The very cave you’re afraid to enter Turns out to be the very centre Of what you’re looking for A luminous, a different shore Ego, Ego let me in I’m here by own free will Adrift Where you stumble, lies the treasure Adrift The benefit of doubt What’s your pleasure? Ego, Ego let me in I’m here by own free will
3.
Walk On The Mirror When eyes start to wander And the colours scream Behold! The melting dream Molly’s forever talking “What’s in the rose dear?” There in the corner, the box of fear Should we stop Pretending it is real Pretending it is real Take a walk on the mirror Take a trip inside In the perfume garden Everything’s alright May we see the sun go down And never rise again Damn the morning light Such a devil in disguise “What’s with the Lilly dear?” “You don’t wanna know” Hitting the low Should we stop Pretending it is real Pretending it is real Take a walk on the mirror Take a trip inside In the perfume garden Everything’s alright Should we stop Pretending it is real Pretending it is real
4.
Passion Project The more we fear the future The more we recycle the past Anniversary obsession I know you want it to last Time is up I hate to spoil all the fun Time is up You better take the money and Run, run, run Give me a passion project Another old-school song Another reason to make you listen To the same tune On and on On and on A not so splendid isolation For our drama generation We won the war but lost the peace In an echo bunker nightmare All at ease Such great disco dancers Such a conversational dream Oh my cynical obsession Two steps ahead and One, two, three back again Give me a passion project Another old-school song Another reason to make you listen To the same tune On and on On and on Two steps ahead and One, two, three back again
5.
The Horror 04:15
The Horror It goes without saying The will for reason is gone They rather beat the iron drum Everyone’s running But no one knows where Double or nothing Come on! Don’t you dare? This is Horror A scarlet letter Have you eaten from the insane root? A bite from the forbidden fruit Cut We must be dreaming Cut This is the Horror Cut
6.
The Futurist 03:57
The Futurist Are we hitting rock bottom now? Have we arrived at the last scene? He smells a plot hole He knows the theme Don’t worry your life vest is under your seat And the economy is thriving And no pigs were harmed in this song He’s a futurist He believes in tomorrow’s land He’s a futurist He believes in “Vorsprung durch Technik” You can become a hero When you learn to count down to zero All the people back in Dora-Camp May they haunt you to the very end Haven’t you learned by now The enemy of progress is perfection Haven’t you learned by now Your need for control Determines your lack of love He’s a futurist He believes in tomorrow’s land He’s a futurist He believes in “Vorsprung durch Technik” You can become a hero When you learn to count down to zero All the people back in Dora-Camp May they haunt you to the very end A futurist
7.
Toxic Express Full steam ahead All engines up and running It’s my way or the highway Full steam ahead I’m asking for trouble I’m just here to pick up a fight All aboard, aboard, aboard, aboard This is the Toxic Express On our way to excess The air is sick with drama It’s a delirious quest An assault on reason I’m an expert in anything A Mr. knows-it-all for everything A true believer in the age of complaint All aboard, aboard, aboard, aboard This is the Toxic Express On our way to excess
8.
A War That Never Was Two armies assembled in the mists of fall Marching proud and tall The flags and banners raised up high Still children to the core Marching for a Fatherland Built on castles made of sand They said a storm was coming But is was barely a breeze And the scales fell from their eyes? Incendiary lies And in the end they never fought In a war that never was They buried their arms And burned all the flags And in the end they never fought In a war that never was Welcome to Motherland Without castles made of sand They shall never march again They shall never march again
9.
Straight & Narrow Don’t need to read the book Rather judge it by its cover A professional anorak On the path of straight and narrow Here comes the roll call Stand still when spoken to Here comes the roll call Doesn’t it even bother you? So straight and narrow High on fear and sorrow Nutopia Nutopia Under perfectious control The twilight of the gods The ultimate goal The kings of faith Are riding again Victorious day for all of them The negation of the golden rule A tribulation for another fool Evil buildings And red painted cars They are going to eat us Was für ein Spaß! So straight and narrow High on fear and sorrow Nutopia Nutopia Under perfectious control The twilight of the gods The ultimate goal Evil buildings And red painted cars They are going to eat us Was für ein Spaß!
10.
The I In The Void I remember me from tomorrow From revolution to revelation In a heartbeat, in less than a day Turn of the tide has come And tyrants reign supreme Everything Will melt away Everything One day Finding there ain't no answer to find Detached from what I thought I would be Tell me, are you not tired of being so angry? So angry Into the void Stripped to the bone Into the void I’m coming home Into the void Stripped to the bone Into the void I’m coming home Everything Will melt away Everything One day
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about

For the 10th time, WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW step out of the shadows into the public eye with a new studio album. Their fourth on the renown Berlin based Label SOLAR LODGE. Even in the chaos year of 2020, the Viennese band is not slowing down but instead walking the path they’ve always walked.
Their answer is the same as for all crises of the last 24 years of the band's existence: good music and a good sense of humour. Standstill and repetitions are foreign words in the ever-evolving band cosmos. With the inclusion of a 12-string acoustic guitar, a new dark folk sound mixes with the classic WHISPERS Goth Rock tunes, held together by the unmistakable voice of singer Ashley Dayour.

FOREVER 1985, a powerful rock anthem opens the album, which can be described as a classic WHISPERS track. Afterwards, the five-piece band proves that they are not afraid to face a three-minute pop number, but with that typical twist that always lurks around the corner. WALK ON THE MIRROR leads into a black-psychedelic wonderland, which in THE FUTURIST turns into a cosy, dystopian nightmare before the TOXIC EXPRESS takes full steam "on our way to excess" and leads back to rock heaven. The ensuing rhythmic drum craze from A WAR THAT NEVER WAS finally destroys any illusion of having figured out this band and album. And finally, THE I IN THE VOID takes one deep into the darkness of one’s personal shadows.

YESTERDAY IS FOREVER is full of surprises, a black kaleidoscope that chases bright flashes across the retina as one listens. Each song an independent planet, together they make up a larger universe in which the catchy melodies don't let go so quickly. Despite all the diversity, there is never any doubt as to which band this is, not only because of the singing and voice, but also thanks to the detailed, transparent and powerful production by Ashley Dayour and Martin Gutmann aka MASH Productions.

When it comes to the lyrical aspects of the album, this time Ashley Dayour has not submitted to any overarching concept, but has given his unconsciousness more freedom in the form of chain of thoughts and associations. The result are succinct lyrics, some of which follow the path of the previous album THE URGENCY OF NOW.

“Behold! This is no drill!” Ashley warns us in the opening line of the album. The warning is directed against any form of unhealthy love for the past and nostalgia out of hand in general. You can literally see his eyes rolling when “Yesterday is forever” blasts out from the speakers. A line like “The more we fear the future, the more we recycle the past” from PASSION PROJECT, makes it obvious and clear for even the most irony free folks out there how all of this is meant to be understood.



Past (PASSION PROJECT), present (TOXIC EXPRESS) and future (THE HORROR), they all get caught in the crossfire of criticism, but without allowing themselves to drift into a hopeless Weltschmerz and self-pity. Your own personality is not a victim of the tides, but a self-chosen, versatile construction that you can develop at any time, even if you sometimes have to leave your ego behind. "Detached from what I thought I would be", WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW rear their heads and fearlessly face the future.

Booklet and cover, which were created by the artist Billy Phobia, make use of past, iconographic elements, only to immediately turn them into subjects of critical consideration. The audience is left behind with somewhat ambivalent feelings. In the end, the question of what time you want to live in can only be answered by yourself. WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW are just the catalysts of the mind. The rest is left to the listener.

credits

released November 6, 2020

All songs by WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW:
Ashley Dayour: Voice, Guitars, Keyboards, Programming, Production
Martin “Acid” Gutmann: Keyboards, Piano, Mixing, Production
Alexander Kühmayer: Drums, Percussions
Zebo Adam: Bass Guitars, Strategies
Lazy Schulz: Guitars, Bass VI

Except digital bonus track "I'm Afraid Of Americans" written by
David Bowie & Brian Eno

Recorded in Vienna, Pink Basement Studios Spring/Summer 2020
Mastered by Friedemann Kootz, Berlin

Artwork by Billy Phobia
Band Pictures by Werner Novak / stills.eraserhead.at
Videos directed by Edie Calie

Released via SOLAR LODGE Records

FEAR NOT FOR THE FUTURE, WEEP NOT FOR THE PAST
- Percy Byshee Shelley

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