Information Society ‎– _Hello World


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HAK 7027 Information Society _Hello World(CD, Album, Dig) HAKATAK International HAK 7027 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
none Information Society _Hello World(11xFile, FLAC, Album) HAKATAK International none US 2014
none Information Society _Hello World(CD, Album + LP, Album + 7", Single, Whi + Box, Ltd) HAKATAK International none US 2014 Sell This Version
AOF191 Information Society _Hello World(Cass, Album, Ltd, (S)) Artoffact Records AOF191 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
AOF191 Information Society _Hello World(Cass, Album, Ltd, Bub) Artoffact Records AOF191 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
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AOF191 Information Society _Hello World(Cass, Album, Ltd, Off) Artoffact Records AOF191 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
AOF191 Information Society _Hello World(Cass, Album, Ltd, Pin) Artoffact Records AOF191 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
HAK2027-12 Information Society _Hello World(LP, Album) HAKATAK International HAK2027-12 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version


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September 11, 2016
referencing _Hello World, CD, Album + LP, Album + 7", Single, Whi + Box, Ltd, none
TOTALLY BLOWS that this is the ONLY place to get "_Come And Get It", and on VINYL no less...


June 5, 2016
referencing _Hello World, CD, Album, Dig, HAK 7027
Now that it's over with, I guess we can post the URL.
user: album
password: insoc

Tried it today, no luck. Hilariously, a 'page not found'. [Getting 'page not found' out of these guys is funny...]


February 9, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
referencing _Hello World, CD, Album, Dig, HAK 7027
Since the return of the band back in 2007, I vibrated finding out that Kurt Harland actually did lead vocals on "The Seeds Of Pain". By that time, I was like - wow, he could have done more tracks. Not that Anton was bad, no... but Information Society is a three-leg dog without Kurt - his voice is the brand of Information Society. Fortunately, the guys sorted out their pending issues and Kurt is back again. Paul's in great shape doing his writing and James is also still there doing his thing.

In 2014, I had listened to "Land of the Blind" and found it very poor lyrically - also, trying to incorporate elements from several old time Information Society songs, with female backing vocals, was not a very good idea for the year of 2014. Then I was caught by surprise with this album release, and after a few listens, I can tell you this is almost a return to form, or at least a very good start. It sure will take a few listens to grow on you, but to me, "Creatures of Light and Darkness" is really where this album shines - bringing back a refreshed good old Information Society stepping into the future, without losing any of its high top quality music. This track is worth the whole record, if this one is not released as a single.

Now, the downer: Although the band likes to think they break patterns, the music industry patterns have not been broken whatsoever concerning the mastering in this record. This record is very, very loud. The listening is fatiguing and it is hard to grasp all details in the mix. Around a ReplayGain level of -10dB, this is certainly current industry standard and within patterns. These guys are the type of musicians who shouldn't be tricked by the Loudness War in any record deal. They should have known better that "Information Society (1988)" is one of the best sounding audiophile records to date, and they should keep that way. To be loud on the radio is IRRELEVANT today, as no one I know actually listens to radio anymore. But to be digitally loud is no where being good in any equipment either.

Please refer to this video to understand more about the loudness war:

I hope Information Society keeps releasing new material, which is great.
And next time, I pray that the band is more careful with mastering.

PS: The sonogram was a very clever idea. Congratulations to whoever did this.


September 26, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing _Hello World, CD, Album, Dig, HAK 7027
Review by Zachary Houle:

Pure energy.

Information Society was, essentially, a one-hit wonder in the late 1980s with “What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy)”, but the group’s debut self-titled disc went platinum and the band was a synth-pop act that was the American counterbalance to European groups such as EMF and Jesus Jones. So they are notable in that regard. To this day, the group reputedly has a loyal fanbase in places such as Brazil, Spain, Japan, and Mexico. So it is with welcome arms for those fans still around that _hello world has come into being, as it is the first InSoc (as the band is known) album in some 20 years to feature all three stable members from the classic late 1980s lineup: Kurt Harland Larson, Paul Robb, and James Cassidy.

How does this record sound? Well, Information Society—a group that originated in Minneapolis, but moved to New York City once fame beckoned—is still partying like it’s 1988. However, there is also a contemporary sound to the record, so it is as though the outfit has a foot in a time machine, and a foot in the now. What’s more, this is a surprisingly good disc: the group shows that they have enough gas in reserve for what might be a very welcome comeback. After all, anyone who grew up watching MTV as I did (I’m Canadian, but my parents had a grey-area satellite dish that picked up American channels unavailable north of the border) knows that InSoc had catchy songs that you could move some booty to, as well as colorful videos. While this trio may be a product of a certain day and age, it’s nice to hear that they aren’t interested in rehashing old glories, necessarily.

“The Prize”, in particular, starts out with a robotic voice and synthesized laughter, along with some laser beam gun sounds, before transmuting into a full-on electro track. There’s a hard edge to the song that shows the trio expanding beyond their radio-friendly formula. And I’ll be darned if it just doesn’t put a big smile on my face. “Where Were You”, which immediately follows, sound like Depeche Mode around Violator, just with a bigger bite. There’s a toughness to the track, and if you tried to chew it off, you’d probably lose a couple of teeth. “Get Back” is glorious techno, and, had this song come out in the mid-‘90s, you’d be sick of it because every single club on the planet would be playing it. However, and that leads to another point, the group also has its sights on homage, as there’s a cover of Devo’s “Beautiful World” that features guest vocals from that group’s Gerald V. Casale. To be honest, I’m not sure if it really works, as it is a giddy throwback when much of what surrounds it is pretty brutal sonically—not quite industrial, but not the pretty band we knew circa 1988. It’s also a bit on the silly side, but, then again, the album is also calling out for some levity, so it is, in a sense, a welcome respite from the embrace of subwoofer-rattling synths conveyed earlier on the disc.

There’s also a bit of a misstep in “Jonestown”, which references the 1978 massacre of more than 900 innocent people who were members of the Peoples Temple cult. “How does it feel? / There’s still some life to steal / Down in Jonestown,” is the refrain. While I don’t think Information Society is necessarily making light of the tragedy, and, yes, this event is more than 35 years behind us (which means that we all should just move on already), it’s hard to reconcile the brightness of the music, which is pop-oriented, with the dourness of the lyrical conceit. So, no, I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid here (or Flavor-Aid, look it up—it was used at Jonestown in possibly bigger quantities than its more famous competitor) by loving this album with an uncritical eye, just letting nostalgia for the sake of nostalgia carry me away. Still, there are nice touches on _hello world, such as the vaguely Indian (as in the country) instrumentation on “Dancing with Strangers”, which also incorporates Aboriginal (as in the indigenous peoples of America) chants after the chorus. It’s an interesting juxtaposition, and shows both a sense of vague irony and careful consideration to crafting two desperate strands together that offer one big play on words. I also love the vinyl-scratching sounds (probably done on keyboards) that wax over “Let It Burn”. There are many subtle pleasures to this album.

This all adds up to make _hello world a rather well constructed reintroduction to the Information Society sound. It’s almost as though they are still as vital as ever by moving forward into uncharted territory, but also allow those simply interested in reliving their youth have a good time—often within the same breath. These guys are clearly talented, and have, in the past, done things with their albums that have put them on the cutting edge of technology. (Their 1992 disc, Peace and Love, Inc., featured a track consisting of modem tones that, when played into a telephone connected to a computer, revealed a message from the band.) While _hello world doesn’t offer such technological tricks, it’s clear that the outfit knows just where they stand in the pop culture landscape. They want to move forward and offer thrills to those interested in the new, but also keep things familiar to those who would rather that InSoc keep pumping out songs such as “What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy)”.

That’s a hard balancing act, but Information Society do a pretty deft job of it here. While some may scoff and think this is a group best destined for the State Fair revival circuit, you can appreciate the fact that its members have healed whatever rift was between them and are content at marching to the beat of their own drum machine. _hello world is an appreciable re-introduction to a band, especially for those of us who were, unfortunately, merely content to watch their videos on a descrambled satellite channel and not go out and purchase the album they were shilling at the time. Considering the group’s diehard appeal, one can only hope that _hello world broadens the group fanbase to include those of us who sadly missed out the first time around.