New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Alternative electronic act SINE releases their first video single of the year from their forthcoming album, Mantis, with the track Desolate District. The song is highlighted by a compelling vocal and lyrical contribution from Chris Connelly (ex-Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface), marking one of Connelly's first appearances since announcing his departure from the previous 2020 Ministry tour. The song was written in December of 2019, before the pandemic drastically changed our lives. Chris' lyrical content and song title seemed to predict our future, which makes this song so relevant to the current times. Wrought with a heavy, mid-tempo synthetic pulse and foreboding seductiveness, Desolate District marks a distinct and impressive advancement in SINE's high-fashion/dark aesthetic approach.
Rona Rougeheart, founder and principal songwriter of SINE, musical creativity is on high alert here and Connelly's lyrical prose and signature croon, sang in duet with Rougeheart, resonates immediately with the current times
Connelly discusses why he sang on Desolate District:
I felt a really strong connection to SINE's music so it was an honour to be asked to collaborate. The music is compelling, intelligent and that always pushes me in a very inspired direction, as far as my words, vision, and voice goes. Can't wait to do another some time
Rougeheart talks about how the collaboration came about:
I met Chris Connelly about 2 years ago through my partner, Curse
Mackey, who is his bandmate in Pigface. I never really got to talk to Chris much until November 2019 when Pigface played their last show of the tour at Thalia
Hall in Chicago, IL. We were all backstage chatting and he commented to me that he liked my music. I was so happy he said that, to which I asked if he was ever into collaborating and he said, "Yes!". At the time, I had just completed music for a SINE song along with Curse, but had no vocals on it, nor did it have a title. I decided to send it to Chris and let his creativity flow!"
Desolate District was co-produced by Curse
Mackey, known for his solo work as well as in Pigface, Evil Mothers and My life with the Thrill Kill Kult. This marks the third SINE track that Mackey has contributed to. The video was produced and edited by Rona Rougeheart in the early months of 2020 and was filmed in Austin, TX, Chicago, IL and Singapore. The idea was to compile footage from herself, Chris Connelly and performer, Sher Chew. She met Sher Chew through another performer she worked with previously last year, Vangeline.
SINE is an alternative rock/electronic band created and led by singer and drummer, Rona Rougeheart. She has stepped from behind the kit to create her own strong, sexy female fronted project that weaves dance beats with industrial noise and layers of booming bass, synths and guitars into a mix of jagged textures and dark, lush fusions. Rona was born in New York, the youngest daughter of a Taiwanese mother and Irish father. She grew up as a military child, living all over the U.S. and in Okinawa, Japan. Her father was a musician who taught her how to play keys and guitar. It wasn't until later, she decided to take up drums on her own. Early in her musical career, she played drums for multiple bands in Austin, TX, catching the eye of Gretsch Drums
who, in 2012, gave her her first endorsement. Gibraltar hardware also added her to their roster. In April, 2019, she landed a direct support slot for Peter
Murphy in Orlando, FL for the 40th Anniversary of Bauhaus Ruby Tour with David
J. The night seemed ill-fated when Peter
was unable to perform, but was revitalized when she joined David
Mackey, Mark Gemini-Thwaite and Marc Slutsky for an impromptu performance of Bauhaus tunes. From that night, a new project emerged between David
Mackey and herself, to be released in 20/21. She continues to write new music and work on future collaborations.
Chris Connelly was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1964, after growing tired of singing Montiverdi in the school choir, he formed THE FINI TRIBE, with whom he persevered for several years, releasing a number of singles and signing to the WAXTRAX! Label, where very quickly he became fast friends with MINISTRY and it's rather precocious sibling THE REVOLTING COCKS...all of a sudden his world exploded with collaborations, from CABARET VOLTAIRE to KILLING JOKE and all manner of post-punk degenerates along the way.
Since then, over a period of 30 years, around 22 solo albums have been birthed, jumping blithely from label to label, Chris has not listened to anyone's advice but his own stretching from minimalist folk to intense experimental noise. He continues his brutal addiction to pulverizing rhythms and unsavory dinner conversation lyrics with his industrial band COCKSURE, the periodic stint with PIGFACE & various MINISTRY alumni. More recently, Chris continues to collaborate, with Black
Needle Noise, Frontline
Assembly, SINE and many others. He has authored 4 books, the most recent being the just published, The Heart
Has to Ache Before It Learns to Beat.