Hangman’s Chair will have their latest / fifth studio album, ‘Banlieue Triste’, released digitally and on CD through Spinefarm Records on July 27 in all territories outside of France; a special double vinyl version of the album will follow. This comes as the result of a deal that will see the Paris outfit working with Spinefarm worldwide for future recordings.
Says founding member and guitarist Julien Chanut: “We are delighted and excited to work with Spinefarm Records. It’s an honour for us to be represented worldwide by such a respected label. They are going to help us to grow and to achieve our goals – we know that something great is coming over the next few years…”
Over the past decade or so, Hangman’s Chair – Cedric Toufouti (vocals/guitars), Julien Chanut (guitars), Clement Hanvic (bass) & Mehdi Birouk Thepegnier (drums) – have released a steady flow of singles, EPs, albums and split releases, all of it housed in signature, stylish artwork, and all of it showcasing the band’s trademark ablity to blend emotional and musical weight with fragile interludes and atmospheric swathes of sound.
Today, Hangman’s Chair stand as France’s foremost name in the world of ‘stoner/doom’, yet their music is in no way bound by style, as the 10 new tracks on ‘Banlieue Triste’ clearly show; from the epic riff-surge of video track ‘Naïve’ through to the shimmering, slow-burn instrumental that is ‘Sidi Bel Abbes’ (featuring guitarist Marc De Backer from Wolvennest) and the soaring melody of ‘Tired Eyes’ (a collaboration with French ‘synthwave’ master Perturbator), this is a body of work where brute force and beauty are never too far apart.
Continues Julien Chanut: “We feel that ‘Banlieue Triste’has something special, a taste of relief. With these songs, we believe that we’ve trulyfound our identity; we’ve never been this personal before in terms of the influences, the lyrics, the sound and the artwork. ‘Banlieue Triste’ is what we are now and what we used to be as kids – it’s full of nostalgia, the broken French dream.”