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There Goes the Neighborhood

Broadway is on the move and may be coming to your neighborhood!

THE MUSICAL PRODUCTION:

Wednesday’s all grown up … and in love.  Although the Broadway edition of the cult classic “The Addams Family” was a runaway audience sensation, the show has been reworked and is hitting the road to tour the United States, Brazil, Scandinavia, and Australia.

Morticia, GomezUncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Lurch are back full throttle and ready to sing, dance, entertain, and humor the masses in their one-stage antics and vamped-up-from-Broadway performances. While nobody could ever replace our beloved original television cast, a breath of life has been brought to the stage with the current touring production lineup.

THE PLOT:

Childhood goth-sweetheart, Wednesday, has fallen head over heels in love with a straightlaced, intelligent, and respectable guy from the “wrong” side of the tracks.  Gomez becomes aware of her heart-flutterings and decides Morticia need not be made aware of the “small” details.  But his little secret will come tumbling down upon him when the Addams family hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s heartthrob and his family.  Truth, deceit, darkness, and love collide when two seemingly opposite older couples come together for the anticipated union of their children.  Time will tell if little Wednesday makes it down the aisle.

The musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter), with production supervision by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.

So grab your coat and hat … the curtain goes up today in East Lansing, Michigan, followed by the tour’s next stop at Boston’s Shubert Theatre, February 7 through 19.  The full tour schedule can be found HERE.

“The Addams Family” Musical – Official Website:  HERE.

THE PLEDGE …

Here’s a great way to start a topic of conversation with your kids on the importance of acceptance and tolerance.  For too many years, labels have been attached to one’s appearance … labels that will forever follow an individual.  Or for what may seem like “forever” to a child.  The time has come to accept individuality … to encourage it … to let creative expression and freedom take hold of our youth.  We haven’t been cookie-cutter molds of each other since The Beatles took to the stage with their long hair.  Since that time, each decade has brought about revolutionary waves of music, of style, of talent.  The time has come to formally celebrate the uniqueness of the human spirit.

No Snap Judgments” encourages people to look beyond first impressions and discover how our commonalities outweigh our differences. Through the lens of The Addams Family Musical, the “No Snap Judgments” program empowers us to engage others with openness, respect and acceptance.

Click HERE to join the social acceptance initiative by proclaiming your pledge.  (Come on, do it!  It even comes with an Addams Family Certificate!)

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Comedy, Goth, etc.

 

Dark Paths – The History of the Greek “Dark” Alternative scene

In about two months from now, a book on the history of the Greek “Dark” alternative scene is being prepared to be published. The book tries to capture what happened in this scene, its development, events, concerts (of foreign and local acts) and the main bands that represented it.

It consists of 4 main chapters, one for each decade (80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s) and also focuses in detail on some 40 bands and also another that much bands with smaller reports and presentations. For this project many group photographs, concert posters and record covers have been gathered, which contribute to the visual aspect of the book.

The book will also be accompanied by a CD compilation with 17 tracks that cover the entire range of the scene.
More info soon…

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Books/Literary, Goth, etc.

 

THIS IS GOTHIC ROCK – THE BOOK 2000 – 2012

The following announcement comes from THIS IS GOTHIC ROCK :

“THE BOOK 2000 – 2012

This is a massive calling to all the bands who were born between 2000 and 2011,
to all those bands from the first wave and second wave who are still active.
To record labels and promoters.

Only bands into 1st, 2nd & 3rd wave of gothic rock – subgengres NO GUITARS NO ADD!

THIS IS GOTHIC ROCK – THE BOOK 2000 – 2012 (Facebook)
will be a great compilation of the bands who keep the gothic rock flame alive. Bands who died in the new millenium are welcome. All bands, labels, magazines, festivals interested contact Oskar Terramortis at terramortis@thisisgothicrock.com

EBM/ELECTRORAVE/LOVE METAL isn´t gothic rock subgengre!

BANDS FORM

THIS IS GOTHIC ROCK – THE BOOK – 2000 / 2012
WANTS to invite you to be part of this project. Please fill this form and send it back to my email. All bands will be carefully listened, if you don’t have any reply is because your band is not in the line that book requires. (Moderns styles specially). Be welcome.

BAND:
Country of origin:
Year of creation:
City/ Location:
Official site:
Official Biography:
Members:
Related Bands:
Side projects:
Official Discography (no bootlegs, no compilations):
Official contact mail:
Do you know any other bands that might be interested in this project?
* Add some your additional notes or questions about this project —
* Please send me
– High resolution promo pics, any unpublished pictures will be more than welcome.
– High resolution logo
* Deadline: ASAP. Your participation will be confirmed when you send this form back to me, BUT if you wish, changes can be done until the deadline limit.”

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Goth, etc.

 

Ladies and Gents, meet the Angels of Liberty

Angels of Liberty were formed in early 2011 and began constructing their songs in a decaying & dusty attic in North East England. The Duo met in Whitby, famous for its Bram Stoker/Dracula connections and Whitby Goth festival. They bonded over a mutual appreciation of Goth Rock and Vampire fiction deciding henceforth to form a band!

The sound of Angels of Liberty is drawn from influences on the UK Goth Rock scene of the early 90s whilst lyrical inspiration comes from a mixture of personal experience, dark mythologies and passion for alternative viewpoints and conspiracy theory.

Voe has been involved with electronic music since the late 90s, gaining experience working as a synth and drum machine programmer and writing music for TV. He has worked with John David of 60s psych legends Love Sculpture at the famous Rockfield studios, Dave Allen producer of The Sisters of Mercy, and programmed drums for Pete Watts of Mott The Hoople, as well as doing alot of bands demos and some live synth work.

Drawing on this experience and mixing two seemingly opposing things (Electronica and Rock), Angels of Liberty fashioned themselves as an electronic synth band with the sound and spirit of underground Pure Traditional Goth Rock. From the start, the band wanted to present Goth as they envision it; With tense drama, atmosphere and theatrical flare whilst never forgetting the importance of catchy hooks. Their style is about creating tight, intense grooves within a backdrop of creepy grandeur.

In April, 2011, the band had written their first track “Monster In Me“, which was released free on YouTube. Due to their obsession with underground gothzines & tapes of the 90s, 25 cassettes were made and given away free to the first fans. By June the band had written their first EP, and with the help of a friend, set up their own record label, Secret Sin Records, to release it. From the beginning the band wanted total artistic control over direction, ideas & integrity and setting up their own label allowed them to do just that while building a relationship with fans of Goth directly via the website and social media.

After the success of the “Monster In Me” Ep, hailed as “a brilliant debut” and “Ep of the year” by Mick Mercer, the band quickly took over full control of the label with a view to recording and releasing more songs and using it as a platform for cool new Goth bands (so far Snakedance, Minnie d’Arc, with more to come). In their own words the band “Are fans of Goth first” so take a big interest in new bands within the genre.

The next 6 track Ep “The Black Madonna Ep” was released only a few months later in October 2011 proving the band are here to stay and have become a regular play for many Goth Djs and Radio stations. So far the main emphasis has been on getting new records out as the band believes that is the life-blood of the scene. Angels of Liberty are, however, getting ready to perform live after completing the recording and release of their debut album, expected in late Spring, 2012. Angels of Liberty aim to restore a sense of dark romance by taking the music and theater seriously without being humorless and overall respecting a genre they love.

Voe Saint-Clare– Lead Vox/Synths/Progamming
Scarlet Powers – Synths/Backing Vox
Echo Von Hammer – Drum machine

You can find more about Angels of Liberty by clicking here.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Goth, etc.

 

They are so green much too green – They are Grooving in Green…

Grooving in Green formed in 2008 when guitarists Pete and Si started writing music together for the first time in over 14 years. As a nod to the bands origins and inspirations they once again took their name from a March Violets song. Later that year Tron joined on vocals completing the lineup.

In early 2009 the band set to writing their debut CD, quickly establishing their own sound and feel ‘Groove Goth‘.
In June the band received critical acclaim for their first EP ‘Ascent’ which was described as “Obvious Quality” (Mick Mercer) and proved to be a hit on compilations and in clubs.

The band proceeded with the ‘Ascent Tour‘ to promote this release drawing comparisons to band such as Placebo and the Manic Street Preachers. During this time the band began working on a follow up to Ascent.

Grooving in Green played their first European date at the Judgement Day festival in Austria debuting songs from the new single, supporting Ikon and met with a great response. The band soon went on to play the Whitby Goth Weekend Festival supporting The Eden House to an enthusiastic crowd and officially released their second cd: ‘Dirt‘ which was once again met with positive reviews and praise ending the year on a high.

By the start of 2010 the band were putting the finishing touches on their debut album and played their first gigs in Germany in support of the House of Usher as well as Clan of Xymox– once again to a positive crowd. Within the week the band were once again recording- with Steve Carey (Eden House/Adoration/This Burning Effigy) producing as well as Legendary bassist Tony Pettit (Fields of the Nephilim/NFD/Eden House) contributing on a song and mastering by Andy Jackson (engineer for Pink Floyd).

That summer the band headlined the first night of the Lumous Gothic Festival in Finland and later the same month proceeded to play in support of Vendemmian and The Eden House once again at the first DV8 Festival in York where they were joined on stage by legendary March Violets vocalist Rosie Lugosi. This performance being described by Dominion Magazine as follows “Grooving In Green deliver a punky yet polished performance – superbly guitar led with strongly delivered vocals“.

With the debut album ready for release the band returned to Whitby once again for ‘DV8 fest at Whitby’ where they supported their idols ‘March Violets’ alongside O Children and Ulterior. The band released the album ‘Post Traumatic Stress‘ which has received great acclaim within the goth community and cited as one of the best goth albums of 2010. The album was placed at number 15 of Dominion Magazines Top 20 albums of 2010 and has been placed in several Top 20’s of 2010 and continues to receive positive reviews.

As of 2011 the band are getting ready to record a new single, launch an official webpage and of course – play many more live gigs throughout the UK and Europe. Don’t miss out on joining the ever growing ‘Green Army‘.

In August 2011 Grooving In Green were signed by Glory & Honour Records, 2011 is certainly turned out to be momentous year.

2012 the band already have a gigs booked and will be recording their 2nd album, again with Steve Carey in the early part of the year

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Goth, etc.

 

On Eclecticism, Chaos and the Search for Unity – The Strange World of Minnie d’Arc

Minnie d’Arc may well have been conceived at a time of optimal celestial alignments. The 49-year-old musician from Sheffield, England launched her public career in June 2011, but her first recordings, issued online via popular sites like YouTube and ReverbNation (with, of course, the inevitable presence on Facebook) did enough to bring her to the attention of Voe Saint-Clare, of the formidable Angels of Liberty and head of Secret Sin Records. Her official debut, a five-track EP called “Eris Unbound“, is to be released on Secret Sin on 26 January.

Although solidly entrenched in the goth/gothic tradition, Minnie’s work is unusual. For a start, every track on the EP is an instrumental. Surely that’s a disadvantage in a genre which bases itself as much on words as a means of expression as music?

I don’t think so,” she says. “I agree that it’s a challenge, because the listener looks to lyrics to give a song meaning. However, free from the constraint of lyrics which distract attention from a piece of music, I find there’s a massive opportunity to work with melody and counter-melody, unusual chord structures and overall ambience which I don’t think I’d be doing if I was working more specifically for voice.”

However, she’s quick to assure listeners that it may not always be the case.

One of the first tracks I recorded was a neoclassical arrangement of XIII. Stoleti’s “Elizabeth“. I loved working with it as an instrumental, but at the same time, I would have loved to be able to add a voice, because the lyrics are so amazing. I’m also looking at other songs for my next EP which will definitely benefit from having lyrics, and so I’m approaching various people to do vocal stints for me.”

Which brings us nicely to the other point which makes Minnie’s work different. The “N” word.

Oh, the neoclassical element,” she laughs. “Actually, that’s how I really started out. I was a member of the goth.net internet forum, and I thought it would be a really nice idea to make a piece of music for everyone there as a gift for the holiday season of 2010/2011. I wanted to do something really different, and at the same time make a piece of music which really explored my own influences.”

The result was “October’s Dance“, a piece which combines music in the European medieaval tradition with more recent classical elements, all placed over a doom-laden double drum beat to produce something which grows to a cathartic conclusion.

I was expecting to get a couple of posts in response saying, “Oh, that’s interesting – thanks,” and that it’d be forgotten after a couple of days. To my own massive surprise, it wasn’t; people were still talking about it in February, and I got a lot of very encouraging response. People were saying, “You should be doing this professionally,” but I really wasn’t sure… Anyway, in the end, I plucked up enough courage to submit it to Nightbreed Radio, and in April last year I got a very encouraging e-mail back from Piers Sixx, saying that he could see that it might fit into Nightbreed’s playlists“.

So why didn’t we hear from you earlier?

I had a couple of setbacks back in May which left me drifting for a month or so. However, at the end of that time, I just thought, “Oh, sod it – if I don’t do it now, I never will.” So, I went public. I started off by creating a video for “October’s Dance” and posting that everywhere I could; at the same time, I started getting in touch with DJs on Facebook, and also finished off recording work on “Elizabeth”. But, while everyone who I approached was really, really encouraging, what I was doing didn’t really fit on their playlists, which tend to be much more rock-oriented. And, I could understand that; I love good goth rock myself, and I really wanted to record something which would express that. So, I picked up something I’d had lying around for a while, and dusted it off. I’d never finished it, because I never really knew where I wanted to take it, but I thought about it, and realised it would be a perfect way of combining two things I love – the energy of goth rock and the elegance of neoclassical music. And that was the basis of the track “Eris Unbound.” And, to be fair, all my music since then.”

Why Eris?

I was reading a wonderful Discordian text called “The Book of Eris“, which is more structured than the “Principia Discordia“, and I realised that many of the ideas expressed overlapped with my own view of things… And, also what was going on in the track I was recording. It was born out of utter chaos… And it seemed to me that there was no better hymn to the goddess of discord and strife. So, “Eris Unbound”.

“It was about this time Voe got in touch with me and asked whether I wanted to issue an EP on Secret Sin, which he’d just taken over. We were both already quite well aware of each other’s existence, and found we had a bit of a mutual admiration society going where our music was concerned, so I jumped at the chance. Initially, I wanted to issue a “story so far” EP, with “October’s Dance”, “Elizabeth”, “Eris Unbound” and one other track, but there were technical problems with issuing “Elizabeth”, so I ended up recording three tracks specifically for the EP – “The Black Cat”, “The Unoriginal Sin” and “Ab Initio“.”

What’s it like working with Voe?

He’s brilliant. I couldn’t wish for a better boss; he really takes a hands-off approach to artistic content, because he’s a great believer in artists having total control over their own material. Now, with me that could be bad news because I can be really self-indulgent, and spend weeks recording a couple of bars of music. Fortunately, I’ve also got a really great management group, the Sisters of Eris, keeping me on the straight and narrow, and also giving me a visual presence.

What next for Minnie d’Arc?

Well, I want to get a new EP recorded and issued, if possible, by the middle of the year, if not earlier. Originally, I was hoping to have an album out in the early part of the year, but now I find that I’d actually like, with the second EP, to actually “finish off” what I started with the first – then, hopefully, anyone who owns both will have something which flows like a two-part album.” She smiles enigmatically. “Then, we’ll see...”

You can contact her on Facebook by clisking here.

 

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Goth, etc.

 

Rhombus

Rhombus is one of the finest Goth Rock bands to emerge from the North of England in many years.

Mixing male and female vocals with swirling guitars and driving bass, they combine some of the best elements of traditional 80s/90s UK Goth, with a more modern approach.

In 2002, Ed Grassby formed the band along with his brother and sister-in-law on guitars.  He soon moved from Bristol to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and recruited new guitarists Robert Walker and Simon Cardwell.

Rhombus supported bands such as The Damned and NFD, and played with a number of upcoming bands who went on to form the base of the contemporary UK Goth Rock scene (now sometimes referred to as “The Fourth Wave”).

Before releasing their debut album, ‘Remembrance Day‘ in 2007, the band released the EPs ‘RatCity‘ in 2003, ‘Attention Seeker‘ in 2004 and ‘The Closing Time EP‘ in 2006.  The album featured female rock singer Mya and guitar player/singer Ian Grinn (formerly members of the tribute band ‘The Sisters of Murphy‘).

Shortly after that, the band asked Mya to join them on a full time basis and in 2009 Ian Grinn replaced Simon Cardwell as second guitarist.

In 2010 a second album release followed, titled “Open The Sky”.  The band had drafted Stephen Carey of This Burning Effigy, Adoration and The Eden House to remix it and it was released through Resurrection Records during January.

That same year, Rhombus were declared “Artist of the Year 2010” by Static Magazine of Germany.

In January 2011 Rhombus released ‘The Anywhere EP, a four-track release composed of the songs ‘Anywhere‘ and two new tracks ‘Timeless and Elegant‘ and ‘Nowhere‘. Carey was once again given mixing duties and produced an extended remix of ‘Anywhere’ to compete the EP.

2011 saw the band pick up their first European dates, their debut being in Berlin in support of former Skeletal Family and Ghost Dance lead singer Anne-Marie Hurst.

You can read more or buy their releases by clicking here.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Goth, etc.