Today, German nihilistic rock upstarts Rumours stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut mini-album, Neither Innocent Nor Wavering, at heavily trafficked web-portal GrizzlyButts.com. Set for international release on September 25th via Lupercalia Records, a new division of Sepulchral Voice, on 12″ vinyl and cassette tape formats, hear Rumours‘ Neither Innocent Nor Wavering in its entirety exclusively HERE.
A new promising light-dome of grand heavy rock and the sharpshooter of dirty nihilistic energy, Neither Innocent Nor Wavering marks the first sign of life of this emerging German band, containing the first four songs ever written & recorded by them. Rumours consists of young and experienced members, a band that has the guts and might to start a career. Their sound hits the target without any forced extras or any bullshit.
All tracks here follow the simple rules and formulas of the Devil’s beloved music. On Neither Innocent Nor Wavering, you get bitter disillusion and cynical bleakness packed into four grandly blistering smashers. A colorful blackness in savage major and blood minor: pumping, driving, and focused rock music with a point-blank hatred and sometimes even an apathy for this world. Far away from proggy meandering, tense vintage nostalgia, and today’s “occult” razzle-dazzle, Rumours just walk the path of simple-but-urgent ROCK history. They deliver a perfect symbiosis between classic and fully straight-ahead heaviness, a somehow punkish rawness combined with an urban street poetry.
Lyric-wise, they destroy every glimpse of hope for a better world without hailing a dystopia for the sake of being “anti,” a weltanschauung seen through glasses of pure disappointment and cynicism. Rumours reflect a mindset somewhere in between resignation, lust, and vomit. Because really, optimism and pessimism only differ in the date of Armageddon.
Thus, Rumours succeed in finding an electrifying tension between permanent temptation music-wise and imminent depression lyric-wise. Brilliant musical skills and performance plus a top-notch production bolster airy and catchy verses and choruses, which all effectively screw into your mind and definitely kick ass.
For all those who ran dry since the rawness of Climax, the darkness of Sister, and the magick of Come Reap and yearn for something special…Rumours bring sour rain and fuel the fire. In the end, just grab this record, turn up the volume, let loose, take the diamonds for glass splinters, and break your spine! Over & OUT.
Tracklisting for Rumours (Germany)’s Neither Innocent Nor Wavering
3. Black Milk
4. Sunny Days, Dark Souls