Yesterday, it was announced that Post Gothic Records is releasing a “best of” Angels of Liberty compilation album appropriately titled Innana. While 13 out of 15 of the tracks on the album are previous album releases, Innana does include a remastered version of the teaser track of the same name originally destined for the band’s fourth full release and a remix of their debut track “Monster In Me” featuring Sonsombre.
The album releases (also appropriately) on April 30th on Post Gothic. The first 66 physical copies will include a hand numbered photo of Voe (in typical Angels of Liberty fashion), and proceeds from the sale will go to the family of Voe Saint-Clare.
If you haven’t heard of Angels of Liberty, Voe Saint-Clare, or Scarlet Powers, you should. When we look back on the 2010s after the next 40 years of Goth, I have no doubt that Angels of Liberty will stand as one of the iconic core modern Goth rock bands that helped redefine and reestablish Goth in the new millennia. And that’s Goth with an unmistakable capital “G”. There’s something undeniably special about Angels of Liberty and the music they made at a time when Industrial and EDM shaped club nights. They were artistic, self referential, mystical, and deeply connected to the underground spirit of the scene from the 80s and 90s. And I’m sure it helped that their hooks are catchy as hell.
Formed in 2011, the duo of Voe Saint-Clare and Scarlet Powers released their first track “Monster In Me” on YouTube in April of that year. And just months later, their first EP Monster In Me on their own label Sinister Sin Records to critical acclaim. And honestly, rightly so. Mick Mercer even praised the release calling it “a smart little EP, with artistic overspill to spare”. The duo also used their record label to help support and promote other emerging Goth bands.
I remember finding Angels of Liberty around their Pinnacle of Draco release in 2012. I couldn’t get enough and the complete LACK of information and mysticism around the band just heightened my attraction to their music. Their music hit all the Nosferatu and Sister vibes I live off of, and the genuine love and support Voe and Scarlet showed for the scene inspired me. By Touch the Daemon in 2014 and Telepathine in 2015, I was invested. Two years after, I was waiting eagerly for updates on their fourth album Servant of the Grail and excited about the teaser track “Innana” they had released on YouTube. And then, there was nothing.
Voe passed April 18th, 2017, and when the scene at large found out in early April 2018, it cut many of us wide open, left us shocked and confused. I didn’t believe it at first and I spent too much of my day searching for answers, convinced it was a bad rumor. Until DJ Jason of Absolution NYC confirmed it.
This album is a tribute by Post Gothic’s founder Oskar Terramortis to “a friend, a great human being and a true goth rocker. As he used to say: LONG LIVE GOTH ROCK!!! R.I.P Voe!”
Pre-order a copy, and help pay tribute to an amazing band: http://bit.ly/AOLinnana
And remember! “Fuck the naysayers!”
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