For the first time ever, Beijing-via-east-Los Angeles shoegaze duo Alpine Decline are landing on Australian soil with a new album’s worth of material added to their arsenal.

Go Big Shadow City is the pair’s fifth full-length and builds on the chaotic intensity of its predecessor Night Of The Long Knives, both of which were inspired by the “ruins of ancient alleyways and naked skyscrapers” of China’s capital, the band’s adopted home.

 

Recorded in the underground carpark studio of Yang Haisong, one of post-punk’s grandfathers and a regular co-conspirator on the band’s output, Go Big Shadow City catalogues experiences both lived and fictional, and attempts to capture the sound of Beijing itself, as heard from the outside.

 

 

Alpine Decline will be celebrating the launch of their latest album on Friday January 31 by kicking off their Australian tour at The Square in Haymarket.

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