The Cassandra Complex release new album Death & Sex

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 9, 2024 COP International Records are proud to announce the release of Death & Sex, the latest album from legendary post-punk group The Cassandra Complex.

40 years ago Rodney Orpheus, Paul Dillon, and Andy Booth got together in a basement in Leeds, England with a collection of cheap second-hand guitar pedals, synthesisers, and drum machines, and created a post-punk revolution in sound with songs like Moscow Idaho, One Millionth Happy Customer, and Nightfall, which filled alternative dancefloors and topped Indie charts around the world.

In 1993 they released the album Sex & Death to a limited audience. Now, 30 years later, the band have re-recorded this classic record from scratch as Death & Sex and it will finally achieve a worldwide release for the first time as part of their 40 year anniversary celebrations.

Death & Sex features original founders of the band Rodney Orpheus (vocals, synths, drum machines) and Andy Booth (guitar), with long time additional members Chris Haskett (Henry Rollins Band, David Bowie) on guitar and Mera Roberts (Faith and the Muse, Black Tape for a Blue Girl) on cello, plus new member Brent Heinze (Probe 7) on keyboards.

The album, along with many other classic songs from the entire 40 year back catalog of The Cassandra Complex, will be featured on the forthcoming CX40 world tour beginning in the UK in March, and taking in shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Austria, Latin America, and the USA throughout 2024.

Rodney Orpheus explains: “When we first wrote these songs we just didn’t have the tools we needed to fully realise them the way we wanted. Now 30 years later we can finally make them sound the way they always sounded inside our heads.”

Christian Petke, CEO of COP International Records says, “When the band told me that they would start to re-record their back catalog, I was 100% on board. It can be a dicey proposition to “fix” an old record, but I knew that they had the experience and the skill to pull this off. It was a real pleasure to see these classic gems come to new life, and the fans of The Cassandra Complex will love this fresh take.” 

Track Listing

  1. Mouth of Heaven
  2. Voices
  3. Kneel to the Boss
  4. Give Me What I Need
  5. Come Out
  6. Satisfy Me
  7. Realm of the Senseless

The album will be released on March 8, 2024 on CD, Bandcamp download, and all streaming services, with cover art by the legendary Greg Rolfes. 

In tandem with this release, COP International will also be releasing a newly remastered version of the previous album by The Cassandra Complex, The Plague, which spent 4 weeks at #1 in the German Alternative Charts on original release.

The Cassandra Complex announce European leg of their World Tour 2024

Will cover UK, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, and Austria

SAN FRANCISCO, February 9, 2023 COP International Records and International Booking Department are proud to announce the European leg of the forthcoming CX40 tour

Legendary post-punk group The Cassandra Complex will celebrate their 40 year anniversary with an extensive world tour spanning Europe and the Americas. The first leg of the tour will be 18 shows starting in March and continuing into the summer of 2024:

  • 14/03/24 Todmorden UK, The Golden Lion
  • 16/03/24 Gateshead UK, The Black Bull
  • 17/03/24 London UK, The Lower Third
  • 21/03/24 Charleroi BE, La Ruche Verriere
  • 22/03/24 Amsterdam NL, Q-Factory
  • 23/03/24 Witten DE, Dark Skies Festival
  • 24/03/24 Heerlen NL, Nieuwe Nor
  • 25/03/24 Hannover DE, LUX
  • 26/03/24 Krefeld DE, Kufa
  • 29/03/24 Hamburg DE, Logo
  • 30/03/24 Copenhagen DK, Lygten Station
  • 31/03/24 Berlin DE, Urban Spree
  • 19/05/24 Leipzig DE, House Leipzig (Wave Gothic Treffen)
  • 20/05/24 Munich DE, Ampere/Muffathalle
  • 21/05/24 Prague CZ, Akropolis Palace
  • 22/05/24 Vienna AT, Escape
  • 24/05/24 Frankfurt DE, Nachtleben
  • 11/08/24 Hildesheim DE, Mera Luna Festival

This tour lineup will feature the original founders of the band: Rodney Orpheus (vocals, synths, drum machines), Paul Dillon (electronics), and Andy Booth (guitar), plus guest keyboardist Brent Heinze from US synth act Probe 7. The band has also announced plans to re-record much of their classic back catalog to be released throughout 2024 on COP International Records; the first two albums will be a remastered edition of The Plague and the newly recorded Death & Sex, to be released on CD and streaming services in early March.

The Cassandra Complex will be supported on select dates by their COP International labelmates Vaselyne

More shows for Fall 2024 will be announced at a later date, including planned dates in the USA and Latin America.

More March tour dates announced!

Our latest shows have just been announced, covering UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, and Northern Germany. Check out the dates and ticket links at our Songkick page, or just check the widget on the right side of this page.

Note that some shows will have limited admission, so we strongly advise grabbing tickets as early as possible to guarantee you’ll get in!

More dates for Summer and Fall will be added later.

First live dates for 2024 announced!


40th anniversary tour 2024

  • 21.03.24 BE Lodelinsart la ruche verriere
  • 23.03.24 DE Witten Dark Skies
  • 24.03.24 NL Heerlen Nieuwe Nor
  • 25.03.24 DE Hannover LUX
  • 26.03.24 DE Krefeld Kufa
  • 29.03.24 DE Hamburg Logo
    …more dates to be announced soon…

COP International Signs Legendary Act The Cassandra Complex

COP International proudly welcomes iconic industrial rock pioneers, The Cassandra Complex, to our roster of exceptional artists. 

Originating in the mid-eighties, The Cassandra Complex swiftly garnered attention for their distinct fusion of electronics, post-punk aesthetics, guitar-driven soundscapes, and the commanding vocals of Rodney Orpheus. Tracks such as “Moscow Idaho,” “One Millionth Happy Customer,” and “The War Against Sleep” catapulted them to fame across Europe. Extensive tours solidified their position as one of the foremost post-punk bands of their time.

Rodney Orpheus has also worked in the field of music technology helping to create and promote much of the tech that musicians around the world use today, particularly VST (Virtual Studio Technology) which revolutionized the music industry. He has worked with artists as diverse as Kevin Godley (10cc, Godley & Creme), Sinead O’Connor, Sisters of Mercy, Die Krupps, and Future Sound of London.

“When Rodney and I crossed paths we had an instant connection. Our shared enthusiasm and passion for music laid the perfect groundwork for a business partnership. Working alongside The Cassandra Complex, a band with such a profound influence on the industry, fills me with immense excitement.” – Christian Petke, Founder of COP International

We are incredibly pleased that The Cassandra Complex have chosen to collaborate with COP International following a period of self-released material. We value their trust and confidence in our label and eagerly anticipate a fruitful partnership. The Cassandra Complex is currently working on a new album and re-recording some of their back catalog. As the band celebrates its 40-year anniversary in 2024, we are already conceptualizing a limited edition reissue of their work to mark this momentous occasion.

We are thrilled to join forces with The Cassandra Complex as they continue their musical journey, and we eagerly anticipate unveiling the next chapter of their storied career together.

Mera Luna Cancellation

We are very sorry to announce that we have had to cancel our show at Mera Luna next month. Andy Booth, who plays guitar and keyboards, hurt his shoulder really badly in an accident and has been medically advised not to play for the next couple of months until it heals properly.

Our spot will be replaced by our good friends Girls Under Glass, featuring Volker Zacharias and Axel Ermes (who also play in The Cassandra Complex). So you people with tickets for Mera Luna will get to see half the band anyway 🙂

Good news though: we are already booking shows for 2024, and so far it looks like we will play in Germany, France, UK, and, for the first time in 20 years, America! Shows in more countries to be added. We can’t announce most of the dates yet, but we will definitely be headlining the Dark Skies Festival in Witten, Germany on March 25th – so don’t miss that one!

Reflections of Darkness rates our show at New Waves Day 9/10

THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX are an electro-gothic-industrial-cyberpunk outfit, with a new album out called ‘The Plague’ in May, which made it to number 1 in the German Alternative Charts. A difference of style now to the previous band, with first song ‘The Invisibles’ – a mix of harsher electronic beats with driving guitars. Fantastic lighting with additional LED stands, adding to the great onslaught of the band’s sound explosion. ‘Bad Faith’ stomped about magnificently, and frontman Rodney, already cheering the crowd while line-checking partly in German, partly in English, really enjoying his stage time, dancing around with abandon. He also gives a shout out to his band member Andy on guitar who couldn’t make it as he had become a dad that day, and introduces band members in a very tongue-in-cheek way.

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Stand-out song ‘Old Boys Network’ got the crowd dancing and moving up to the back, no pause until the last song is announced. It is the quite punky and raw – ‘March’ – his first ever written song, the frontman lets us know. Overall it was an awesome and energetic show to remember!

Setlist: 01. The Invisibles / 02. Nightfall / 03. Hotline To Elvis / 04. Bad Faith / 05. Valis / 06. Ground / 07. The Crown Lies Heavy / 08. Old Boys Network / 09. Moscow Idaho / 10. March

Rating: 9 / 10

Hotline to Elvis is Track of the Month at A Model of Control

UK reviews site A Model of Control has picked Hotline to Elvis as one of their Tracks of the Month.

Remarkably the first album from this long-running band for over twenty years, The Plague has turned out to be a hugely enjoyable, and varied album – much as CX have often been (and apologies for not featuring this in the past month or so, as I originally intended to!). A band that don’t really fit into the usual pigeonholes – Rodney Orpheus is happy dipping into industrial, goth, post-punk, darkwave and even lush balladry whenever he feels like it – and this album just rams that sonic wanderlust home. The lead track is for me the pick of the album, a full-throttle electro-rock track where Orpheus pokes fun at claims Elvis is still alive, while doing his own best impressions of The King at points. Who knew a phone number could be such a catchy hook? “1-900-909-ELVIS…