Cremator is the 7th LP by Vukovar and marks The First Death of the group: the ending of the Shades incarnation/incarceration.
Heavily featuring are Simon Morris of The Ceramic Hobs, also an author of grotesque (and often touching), confessional brilliance on Philip Best's Amphetamine Sulphate imprint. As well as Holly Hero; some-time performer of Smell & Quim and responsible for the production of their most vital work.
VUKOVAR formed in 2014 in a crumbling placefiller town in the North West of England and set about creating their own world within an otherworld. In their short yet eternal time, they have been relentlessly productive; ‘Cremator’ being the 7th full LP after their highly well-received previous 6: (‘Emperor', 'Voyeurism', 'Fornication', ‘Puritan’, ‘Infinitum’, ‘Monument’). They have had amongst their ranks Michael Cashmore (CURRENT 93 / NATURE & ORGANISATION), Rose McDowall (STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE / COIL / PSYCHIC TV / CURRENT 93 / DEATH IN JUNE / BOYD RICE AND FRIENDS), collaborated with 80's b-movie star Dawn Wildsmith, and actor, TV writer and man of all round good taste Graham Duff and others. This is an essential release by a group at the peak of their creative powers moving on ever forward in increasingly surprising ways.
"Vukovar combine the raw energy of Joy Division with a post-pop edge combining to make a mix of experimentalism and commercialism which has the potential to touch many a heart and soul."
'I am left, after listening to it, with a sense of beauty across the tracks that make up this album. Even in the discordant sounds that litter this album there is a profound beauty that draws me back to it time and time again'
'Glad to see they’ve lost none of their darkly harrowing despair nor their emotion savaging melodic musing which here in brief stints is pitched to perfection, its spectrum ranging from storm calling bombasts to the kind of, now trademark, cathedral-esque anthems that this lot appear to apply and excel in with the disturbing ease of the Chameleons and the Church before them.'
released May 25, 2019
All songs written and performed by the 3/3 of Vukovar* w/ Simon Morris & Holly Hero.
Engineered & Produced by Vukovar w/ Phil Reynolds & aided and abetted by The Brutalist House and the Ghosts in their Machinery.
Painting by Andrzej Klimowski.
Layout by Oleg Galay.
*Dive For Your Memory" written by Robert Forster & Grant McLennan.
*The Orchids" written by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
*Tomorrow's Gone" written by Charlie Megira.