IMPURE WILHELMINA has experienced many line-up changes over the years
around Michael Schindl, singer-guitarist, main composer and lyricist. Founded in
1996, the group quickly built a reputation in the local, then Swiss and European
IMPURE WILHELMINA has regularly collaborated with sound engineers and
producers Serge Morattel (I Can’t Believe I Was Born In July – 2001, L’Amour, La
Mort, L’Enfance Perdue – 2004, Prayers And Arsons – 2008) and Raphaël Bovey
(Black Honey – 2014, Radiation – 2017). These five albums illustrate the constant
musical evolution of the band, which from a very dark and metal base gradually
incorporates more rock elements. The clear vocals occupy an increasingly
important place in the compositions, reinforcing the intensity and melodic depth.
In 2015, thanks to the great response to Black Honey, IMPURE WILHELMINA signed
with the reference metal label Season of Mist, which published ‘Radiation’ two
years later in 2017. Skilfully navigating between melodies and dissonances, always
at the service of raw emotion, this sixth album was unanimously acclaimed by the
press and the public, opening the doors to wider recognition.
After intensely touring all over Europe to promote ‘Radiation’, the band received
great reward by being one of the four recipients of the 2019 grants for
contemporary music awarded by the City of Geneva. This support has allowed
Impure Wilhelmina to approach their new album with confidence and the will to
develop their sound and get out of their comfort zone. The band put a lot of efforts
in the elaboration and production of its new songs, notably by calling on Yvan Bing,
producer and sound engineer, to accompany the four musicians throughout the
creation process of the album. This successful collaboration began in the summer
of 2019 and continued for over a year, giving rise to IMPURE WILHELMINA’s
seventh album, ‘Antidote’.
In the context of the pandemic that marked part of the recording of ‘Antidote’ and
its long completion, this title also resonates in a very particular way. Welcome to
this journey into uncharted musical lands.