PRAISE FOR CALL SIGNS“In a nutshell, this is a winner.”– Jane Rocca, The West Australian, 13th Aug 2009, 4.5 stars
“It’s a powerful work of post-punk atmospherics – play it back-to-back with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s film ‘The Lives of Others’.”– Craig Matheson, Sydney Morning Herald, 15th Aug 2009
“Pitched between M83’s gasping synth soundscapes and Mogwai’s inky instrumental workouts, these songs mine shoegaze, psych and post-rock earmarks while maintaining, at times, the drive of a pop single.”– Doug Wallen, Mess and Noise, August 2009
“Call Signs isn’t a tool of myopic nostalgia – the bleakness of the industrial, political and cultural landscape constructed across the album is as obvious as the corruption of the Olympic ideals by the East German sporting machine – but it is a salient reminder that beneath the suffocating discourse and bland architecture lies heart, soul and artistic quality. And Black Cab know where to find it.”– Patrick Emery, Beat Magazine, September 2009
For the first time, Call Signs, the critically acclaimed 2009 third album from Melbourne group Black Cabhas been reissued on vinyl via Interstate 40 / Remote Control.
Catch the band celebrate the reissue and their newly released single ‘Take It‘ on Friday 11 May at theCorner Hotel in Melbourne. Tickets selling fast.
Call Signs incorporates an original blend of ’70s rock, 80s post-punk and proto electronic dance beats. With shades of Cold War tension and undertones of political intrigue, the album possesses an anxious and exciting energy that holds you captive from start to finish. Shortlisted for the 2009 Australian Music Prize,Call Signsalso features a guest vocal on the track ‘Ghost Anthems’ by legendary Died Pretty front-man Ron Peno. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its release, Call Signs has been remastered and pressed on limited edition ‘stasi filing cabinet gray’ 180gms vinyl.
Formed in 2004, Black Cab’s sound has shifted from psychedelic kraut rock to electronic, often drawing inspiration from Europe and America in the 1960’s and 70’s. Their debut album, Altamont Diary was released to rave reviews in Australia in late 2004, in the UK in 2005 and in Europe via Stickman Records in 2006. Between 2006 and 2009 the band released the albums Jesus East and Call Signs, the latter of which was shortlisted for the 2009 Australian Music Prize.
Black Cab‘s fourth album, Games of the XXI Olympiad was released in November 2014 to critical acclaim and sold out shows in Melbourne.
In January 2017, the band performed an alternative soundtrack to the 1988 manga classic, Akira at Melbourne’s Astor Theatre with live taiko drums by Toshi Sakamoto. An album, 明 (Akira) inspired by classic Japanese sci-fi anime was released later that year.
Keep your eyes peeled for more Cab news including a new record later this year.