Sacred Skin - Bitter Heart (Cover) (Artoffact Records)

  Van Muylem    23 september 2023

SACRED SKIN has shared a fresh cover of a decades old Ricky Gervais single – "Bitter Heart". Seona Dancing was a short lived project of Ricky Gervais and Bill Macrae. They released two singles on London Records in 1983 before they were dropped and never heard of again. Phil Thornalley (briefly of The Cure and the producer of Pornogrpahy) produced both of their singles. 

Sacred Skin's Brian Tarney has had a copy of the 'Bitter Heart' 12” single in his DJ bag for about a decade and when reflecting on covering the song, he said that people always ask him about it, without fail, and that they've never been able to track down a single cover of the song. Until now!

Lovers of retro 80's New Wave synth pop will absolutely adore this nice one! Fan who are old enough to remember the roiginal launch will be delighted! I enjoyed this song and added to my personal playlist!

On today's announcements, the band commented excitedly: "We are thrilled to announce that we have signed with Artoffact Records amongst so many of our peers and heroes. Our second LP (and first for Artoffact) will be released in Spring of 2024. In the meantime we are dropping a cover of a little known new wave anthem from Ricky Gervais and his short lived career as a recording artist before finding his second calling as one the world’s biggest comedians."


Los Angeles-based duo Brian DaMert and Brian Tarney explore the vastness of spellbinding, anthemic pop music under the name Sacred Skin. The first single, 'Colder' was released in March of 2021, when the band immediately stole the hearts of dark souls everywhere with their melancholic undertones and pitch perfect songwriting. Subsequent singles released in 2021, Eyes Closed & Far Away, landed them early live shows at LA’s Substance Festival and the famed venue, the Hollywood Palladium.

This succession of singles and live dates led to the release of their first LP, 'The Decline of Pleasure' in May of 2022. Blending distinctive, dreamy new-wave arrangements with DaMert’s powerful vocals infused with lust and longing, the album is unlike anything in its class. Their use of early digital outboard gear and samplers, namely the Sequential Prophet VS synthesizer and the EMU Emulator II, retains a classic, timeless studio feel. 'The Decline of Pleasure' brims with love and hope, transporting the listener to a more innocent and carefree experience, as we move from the era of isolation into a bold new landscape.

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