The Government Center
Sun June 26 7:30 pm all ages/byob $8 advance/$10 door Government Center, 715 East St., North Side
tickets on sale at Brown Paper Tickets online, Jerry's Records (Sq Hill), Government Center (N Side), and Caliban Books (Oakland)
New Romantic dark postpunk from Los Angeles on Synthicide Reords
Formed in the spring of 2020 during quarantine, the Los Angeles-based duo Brian DaMert and Brian Tarney explore the vastness of heart-wrenching, anthemic pop music under the name Sacred Skin. Their first single, “Colder,” was released in March of 2021 and stole the hearts of dark souls everywhere with their melancholic undertones and perfectly produced songwriting. “Colder” and subsequent singles released in 2021—”Eyes Closed” and “Far Away”—landed them live shows at LA’s Substance Festival and at famed venues the Casbah in San Diego and Saint Vitus in Brooklyn.
The succession of singles and live dates have led to the announcement of their first LP, The Decline of Pleasure, out this spring on SYNTHICIDE. With its dreamy new wave structures and DaMert’s vocals induced with loss and longing, the album is unlike any other released so far in 2022. Their use of vintage gear, namely the Sequential Prophet VS and the EMU Emulator II, retains a vintage, yet polished, studio feel that is unique to their style alone.
Coined the “goth rock INXS” Sacred Skin balances between new wave heartthrob royalty—akin to Talk Talk or The Fixx—and glittering, emotional post-punk. The Decline of Pleasure brims with hope and brings the listener back to a more innocent and carefree experience, as we boldly move forward from the era of isolation.