LP / Manneqin Records / 2013
lim. edition 300
It’s quite unusual for an Italian band to get attention before its
first full-length even comes to life. Ancien Régime from Rome might
just be the exception to this rule. In fact, the band sole release
before 2012 had been the quickly sold out limited edition Split Ep
(Mannequin), released together with Brooklyn-based cold wave heroes Led
Since then, Ancien Régime have been playing all over Italy
along with outstanding bands such as Two Door Cinema Club, Is Tropical,
The Soft Moon, Clan of Xymox, A Place to Bury Strangers and many others.
first album “The Position” evokes new wave and synth-pop memories,
delivering epic vintage sounds and wrapping them all with catchy riffs
and melodies. Still, despite this fascination with the past, the band's
work stands out as a distinctive, highly personal take on the genre.
album is opened by the single “Negative”, with its dark gloomy vocals
and war-like drumming. “Negative” is, in fact, the quintessential
Ancien Régime composition: wave, biting snare, interweaving synths and
guitars, reverbs, delays.
“The Position” was recorded and
mixed by Alessandro Gavazzi of “Hell Smell” – Rome, and co-produced by
Alessandro Adriani from Mannequin Records and Ancien Régime.