We have now set up a Bandcamp page so you can download our remastered records in the absolute best quality possible. Also by buying our records via Bandcamp we earn much more than we do via streaming services.
If you are a real Cassandra Complex “superfan” we have something very special for you: we have also just set up a “backstage” area on Bandcamp that is only accessible to subscribers. All you have to do to get backstage access is to subscribe to our Bandcamp page for 5 bucks a month. If you do that you will immediately get a free download of one of our records, plus free access to all new releases, and special tracks that won’t be available to the general public! And you’ll get some other special stuff that we aren’t announcing yet 😉
Subscribing to our Backstage area also really helps us – so if you love The Cassandra Complex and want to have more music from us, please subscribe now!
Join Rodney as
he shares stories from his distinguished music career – his fascination with
spirituality, cyberpunk innovation, forming The Cassandra Complex band in the
80’s to his ever-evolving industrial, goth rock and synth-pop style. He will
also discuss the inspiration behind critically acclaimed voudou inspired album
The legendary solo album by The Cassandra Complex singer, recorded in 1995 in Hamburg, Germany, and also featuring Patricia Nigiani (Project Pitchfork, Aurora Sutra) and Marcus Giltjes (Pink Turns Blue, Girls Under Glass).
This is a completely remastered version of this magical album based on voudou themes, and is a must-listen for all fans of The Cassandra Complex!
Available now on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and all other major digital streaming and download sites.
Remastered versions of classic studio recordings from 2000 get first streaming releases
20 years ago (has it really been that long?) influential goth-electro-industrial-cyberpunk band The Cassandra Complex released Wetware. Now it is finally being made available again in fully remastered and resequenced versions, spread over three releases.
The songs were originally written in 1999 in Los Angeles and Hamburg, and were seen by the band as the culmination of the work they had been doing in the previous 15 years of near-constant recording and touring.
“From the moment I started The Cassandra Complex we had basically never stopped working on music – when we weren’t touring we were in our studio in Hamburg doing production and remix work for other European alternative bands. I literally lived in our studio.” says the band’s lead singer and producer Rodney Orpheus. “We had gotten fairly burnt out by that stage which left us wondering where to go next.”
With the band lineup down to just Rodney and guitarist Volker Zacharias, Rodney was offered a job with music software company Steinberg in Los Angeles, and things looked bleak for the band’s future.
“Getting out to LA forced me to look at our past from a new perspective. I started listening to our older records in order to rediscover what had made them so good in the first place. I had also been doing some work with Kraftwerk, which got me involved with their interest in the Man Machine interface. I realised that was something also intrinsic to what we were doing with The Cassandra Complex – the synergy between very rigorous and computerised rhythms and human improvisation and emotion. That got me thinking about computer systems, where you have Hardware, which is the chips in the machine; Software, which is the information running on it; and Wetware, which is the biological operator controlling and directing the whole thing i.e. us. That became the working basis and title for what we wanted to do next.”
Working on the record meant frequent trips back to Hamburg where Rodney and Volker would feverishly work on finishing songs in the limited time they had together. The final mix was then completed back in LA.
For this new version, not only has the recording been fully remastered, it’s now being presented in three linked releases.
First up was the 3 track Twice As Good EP on November 22, featuring legendary electronic acts Front 242 and Apoptygma Berzerk, who were now both called in to do remixes.
“I’ve long been an admirer of Stephan (Groth) of Apop and his ability to combine rock and dance elements in a song,” says Rodney “I am also a huge fan of the guys from F242. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to work with them.”
December saw the release of the other songs from Wetware split into two parts: Hardware and Software.
Rodney explains: “When we were originally working on Wetware we ended up writing so many great songs that we couldn’t fit them all into one 70 minute CD, so we had to leave some songs off. When it came time to remaster it for streaming I realised that I could now add in the missing stuff, and split the whole thing into two albums instead. So now Hardware contains the harder, faster, more in-your-face songs, while Software contains the longer, slower, more psychedelic pieces. Listening to each one individually is a much more coherent experience – it’s the two halves that make up the totality of The Cassandra Complex.”