Written by: Judy Lyon
Rona Rougeheart’s alternative electronic act SINE recently released a new single and video for “Desolate District,” featuring the vocals and lyrics by industrial music heavyweight Chris Connelly (ex-Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface). This is the first single/video to be released off SINE’s forthcoming album Mantis. The song was written in late 2019 with an almost strong sense of imminent isolation and civil unrest, exuding the perfect definition of a premonition. The combination of Rougeheart and Connelly’s vocals strike a haunting and uneasy feeling of what was right around the corner with the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine that was quickly followed by global turmoil. 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.
The song was co-produced by Curse Mackey (Pigface, Evil Mothers, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult) and the video was produced and edited by Rougeheart in early 2020 with combined film footage from Austin, Chicago and Singapore. The idea was carefully crafted and brought to perfection with compiled footage from herself, Chris Connelly and performer, Sher Chew.
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” by SINE
Words by C.Connelly | Music by R.Rougeheart/C.Mackey
Produced by Rona Rougeheart + Curse Mackey
Recorded at Coma L + Scary American / Austin, TX
+ THE ROCK NOIR / CHICAGO, IL
Mixed + Mastered by Chase Dobson at 1156HQ / Denver, CO
© 2019 Music by Rouge Hearts, BMI
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