The album Sounds from a Silent Age by the band Lotus Feed is a very interesting piece for those who are familiar with the evolution of alternative music in the 80’s. This album explores a very specific period in Post Punk and Goth and seems to re-create in perfect detail that period where a branch of Post Punk was slowly giving birth to the first Goth / Wave sounds. We cannot put a a specific date to the birth of Goth but we can definitely place it during the interval between 1981 to 1983.
Neon Tzigane (zee-gan) consist of Howling Mina and Samson Deluxe, and they create what they call “gothic metallic synthpop” in the spooky woods of South London. This is their debut mini album, which consists of four tracks, and they are heavily inspired by Romany mythology, so let’s check out what this sounds like!
Hey there, Black Flamingos! AKA Florida goths. Please ignore the click baity title! I just want to post something up about some of the events coming our way this year! We’re barely into February and there’s already a killer line up of events, shows, and even a festival. You read that right, a festival.
Ritual Howls, collaboration between Paul Bancell (vocals, guitar), Chris Samuels (synth, samples, drum machine), and Ben Saginaw (bass), premiered “Alone Together” the first track off their upcoming album Rendered Armor over on Flood Magazine today. And it is amazing. If the rest of the album is anything like this track, I know this is gonna end up being one of my favorite releases of the year.
As we keep exploring the Goth/Wave revival we are going to focus our eyes to the Lone Star State of Texas where recently it has become quite the cradle for goth friendly music projects like Twin Tribes, This Cold Night, and Lions in Winter. But I want to focus on a talented duo that has gone under the radar at least in the states and that is the Darkwave duo of Sky Lesco and Manuel Lozano under the name of Tearful Moon.
Twin Tribes - if you don’t know the name, you’re missing out. This darkwave band is from Brownsville, Texas and their sound is… well it’s Texas big. They’re dark, dramatic, atmospheric, hypnotic, and, while 80s nostalgic, starkly unique. The moment I heard them I was hooked and needed to know more. So after a great performance in St. Louis, I got to know them a little in the following interview!
Deathrock might have been invented in the U.S., or some may see it as the West coast American response to Goth. But it's clear that after the 2000’s deathrock revival you need to look to South America and Europe for the best deathrock acts.
And it's in Chile where the recent rise of Goth/Wave has birthed one of the best Deathrock bands of this decade. Diavol Strâin has been taking the scene by storm lately with their unique and visceral hybrid of deathrock and darkwave.
So its no new news! The new Hante. album FIERCE is out. After Kaelan Mikla dished out a glancing, unexpected blow late in 2018 and stole the show with Nott Eftir Nott; what will the French mastermind behind this new wave of Synth/Dark/Wave band have in store for us in 2019?
Right of the bat! FIERCE delivers the feeling of the project getting its own personal touch. Its always been a critique of mine that Hante. although amazing was a little too similar to Helene De Thoury's previous project Minuit Machine... but its a trend that began to change since Hante.'s previous album Between Hope & Danger, but now in FIERCE you can really notice that departure, saying THIS IS HANTE. without feeling completely strange and unusual.
Goth and Wave are on the rise, so what about Industrial...? Yeah, what about industrial? Well I’m not the expert in Industrial in this group (I prefer the whole Darkwave thing myself and even my industrial has to have a good dark synth for me to appreciate better), but I do keep my nose around the bush as my scene in Boston is predominantly an Industrial scene so as a DJ is smart to have some in the repertoire even if you like to drown in synths.