Today we would like to present to you a very special Band and friends of ours for long years. We’re really happy to have them over again with a special release concert for their latest album!
THE LAST DAYS OF JESUS
THE LAST CIRCUS
Tsa tsa boom!
…here comes the band’s most diverse album up to date, full of sad hits and crazy chansons.
Open your mind because you’re about to be listening to Slovak Gothic Rock legend with very special guests like the great jazz singer Hanka G., talented young trumpetist Matej Korbelič, freaky double bass player Fabko (The Rockefellas) and French multi-instrumentalist Hellebore (known from bands like Deadchovsky or Crimson Muddle). 16 songs were composed and produced during 8 years.
Caution: this album contains dangerously contagious laughter of the Joker !
The Last Days of Jesus formed in Bratislava in May 1993. During more than 20 years of it’s existence, the band has been labelled as gothic circus, schizo-deathrock or gothic-cabaret by the fans and music journalists. However members of the band usually agree that they play fusion of classic death rock and gothic rock with contemporary sounds and compositions, enriched with elements of punk, post-punk, new wave and rock’n’roll… German music magazine Zillo once described this cocktail of music styles as „…something ingenious, bizarre but straightforward at the same time…“.
Another characteristic sign of the band is the irony and ambiguity in it’s lyrics and visuals. The world and common life have always been sufficient as the source of inspiration for words voiced out on the stage by the main Joker and frontman of the band mary0. Words about serious topics which are often infused with criticism and sarcasm.
The band started with live performances in their home town Bratislava, where they also recorded the first two demos in 1994-1995. Gigs in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic followed shortly after.
The first album „Arma Christi“ was released under German label Alice in… in 1997 and one year later, the band played at the largest European gothic-rock festival Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, followed by many smaller gigs and new destinations like Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Poland.
The band was signed by global label EMI for a short period in 2001 and the album „Songs From the Psycho TV“ was released. In the same period (around 1999-2002), the band discovered new inspirations and got engaged in interesting cooperations:
For example, they had formed very creative friendship with visual artist Martin Gerboc, who has been using band’s motives in some of his works of art, hence adding completely new dimension to the band’s concept. Martin Gerboc also directed both official The Last Days of Jesus video clips and was the author of booklets for CD single „Guns & Fun“ (2003) and subsequent album „Alien Road“ (2004). On the other hand, the band has contributed musically by performing at some of Martin Gerboc’s painting expositions and also dedicated song „Animal Boy, Mechanical Toy“ to his book“Kvapky krvi.
Štruktúry sadomasochizmu“ (Chronos, 2005). Another interesting fact is that The Last Days of Jesus‘ music was used by director Karol Vosátko in theatre GUnaGU’s play „Gotika“ in 2003. The same music later inspired and was used by director Vlado Fischer in his movie „Poločas rozpadu“ (2007) where the band even flashed in one of the movie scenes.
In 2003, The Last Days of Jesus started it’s cooperation with Austrian label Strobelight Records and new touring destinations – UK, France and Hungary were added to the band’s diary. Album „Alien Road“ was released in 2004 and it was followed by the band’s performances at new destinations – clubs in USA, Spain, Netherlands, Finland, Romania, Switzerland and Latvia.
The next album „Dead Machines‘ Revolution!“ was released 3 years later under Strobelight Records and under Shadowplay label (as a licensed release for Russian and Baltic countries). In 2009, the band did the first Russian mini-tour followed by EP „Once Upon a Time in the East“ (Strobelight Records) which was the tribute to 80’s bands from behind the Iron Curtain.
In it’s very rich live performance history, The Last Days of Jesus has been privileged to support legendary bands as The Damned, New Model Army, Visage, Young Gods, Sex Gang Children, Ausgang, Das Ich, Antiworld, Cinema Strange, Faith & the Muse…
Currently mary0, Feššy, Anjou, Bajo and dr. are preparing to promote their brand new album The Last Circus!