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Andi Sex Gang on The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas

Mike Pougounas bumps into Andi Sex Gang (founder of Sex Gang Children) on the street in Greece, and an interesting (and sometimes funny) interview ensues.
Get into the mind of Andi Sex Gang and hear some of his favourite tracks while getting the latest band updates from the artist himself.

Join Mike Pougounas for this episode of the Blackout Radio show.

Please tune in to Mad Wasp Radio 
Saturday 12 May (08:00 British Summer Time) 
Sunday 13 May (23:00 British Summer Time) 
Tuesday 15 May (09:00 British Summer Time)

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Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Goth

 

The Danse Society – Futur1st (5 May 2018)

Post-punk legends The Danse Society launch their new ‘Futur1st’ EP (their first release since the critically acclaimed
album ‘VI‘) on the 5th May 2018.

The EP includes a poignant version of the NIN song ‘Hurt’ (famously covered by Johnny Cash) and is available to
download on bandcamp raising funds in aid of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation  ‘creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities’.

This powerfully emotional tour-de-force brings a new feminine edge to the classic, particularly relevant in the wake of recent bullying and abuse revelations and the ‘Me Too’ hashtag.

The singer Maethelyiah has a few stories of her own to tell.

The dark atmospheric new video for ‘Hurt’ is already up on the bands youtube channel.

The full EP is available to download through itunes/amazon and direct from the bands website and also includes the grooveful ‘One Thought in Heaven’ atmospheric and powerful in equal measures, already a firm live favourite which pulls you in with mesmerising vocals, an icy but tuneful roar of a chorus, and a darkly pulsating groove as insistent as it is memorable.

The EP is completed with the uptempo, hard and powerful ‘Scream’ (the new live set opener) which rocks with both
an 80s edge and a futurist sequence more pointed in its attack – the drums more pounding, the keys more stabbing
(though no less atmospheric for it), and the guitars showing a little more edge.

This year sees the 35th Anniversary of the seminal ‘Heaven is Waiting’ album and in true Danse Society tradition the
band continue to reinvent darkness as they have since 1980.

Reformed in 2011, The Danse Society have since released three extremely well received studio albums. The band are currently near to completing their 7th studio album and preparing for upcoming live shows/festivals.

FUTUR1ST is a taste of what’s to come.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Goth

 

The Soft Moon – Criminal – (Sacred Bones Records 2018)

The new Soft Moon album is titled Criminal and came out through Sacred Bones Records on February 2018.

Luis Vasquez founded The Soft Moon in Oakland, California, in 2009 and has released the albums The Soft Moon (2010), Zeros (2012), and Deeper (2015), before Criminal.

He takes things a step further by creating an industrial goth album in order to release all his repressed emotions and explore trauma and child abuse through a dystopic soundscape.

There are many Nine Inch Nails references which I like very much and I can trace Gary Numan elements in some songs but everything works fine.

He manages to catch your attention from the very first notes of the opener “Burn” and fills your veins with a dark and the cold feeling of loneliness.

On “Choke” he sings “Take your time/Crush me right / Take your time / Crush me right” while the rhythm puts together the atmosphere of a ritual. A human sacrifice is going to take place…

I can’t pick just one track to listen to on the album, Criminal…I have to listen to the whole album…

You give something when I give nothing” are the lyrics that open the slow-paced “Give Something“.

Vasquez is more… vocal on this album, compared to his previous ones…

You’re the cause of my problem” carries a feeling sharp like a razor on “Like a Father”, and when Vasquez sings “how can you love someone like me” on “The Pain” with its heavy goth bass and the repeated guitar riff, there is a tension that takes the song to another level.

It Kills” and the instrumental “ILL” follow in the same industrial sense before “Young”, one more track influenced by Trent Reznor’s band.

Born Into This”, with its up-tempo mechanical beat and the distorted riffs. will take us to “Criminal”, the track that closes the album.

A reverbed guitar opens “Criminal” and as Vasquez sings “It’s the way I cross the line/It’s the way I open / It’s the way to my decline / It’s the way I’m broken”, distorted sounds add the final dark touch to a great album.

I find “Criminal” to be the most mature album of The Soft Moon.

It might have the influences that I mentioned above but they all work very well and help the artist express himself in his studio in Berlin and make this album a whole.

You can order your copy HERE

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2018 in Goth, Post Punk

 

Kevin Haskins – Bauhaus – Undead (Cleopatra Records 16 March 2018)

Bauhaus’ co-founder Kevin Haskins to release ‘Bauhaus – Undead’ Art Book via Cleopatra Records

Bauhaus‘ member Kevin Haskins will be releasing ‘Bauhaus – Undead: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus’ on March 16via Cleopatra Records. While this is an elegant and tasteful deluxe coffee table art book, it is also a historical and intimate trip through the development of this groundbreaking band from the perspective and memorabilia of one of the quartet’s founding members.
Carefully curated from a largely unseen collection of memorabilia and combined with personal recollections by original member and author Kevin Haskins, this beautiful high end coffee table book (10’’ x 13’’ in 316 pages) takes readers on a visual journey from the bands inception in late 1978 to their breakup in 1983, through to their very successful reformation in 1998 and eventual legendary performance at The Coachella Music Festival in 2005.
Bauhaus is one of the few groups of the post-punk era to achieve truly mythic status with a savory legacy of artful, timeless, dark rock and theatrical performances. Bauhaus has always been, and continues to be a pivotal link in the evolution and revolution of contemporary music.
‘Bauhaus – Undead’ features original stories penned by Kevin Haskins about poignant and sometimes amusing moments throughout the band’s hallowed career, as well as largely unseen materials, such as photographs from Kevin’s personal collection, band artwork and sketches, DIY flyers made by the band members themselves, backstage passes, show posters, set lists, contracts, tickets stubs, fan club material, pins, their recording schedule, vintage gear photos, tour itineraries, letters, a Bauhaus comic strip | and hand-written lyrics.
Kevin has worked with the impressive design team of Jeff Anderson of Artist In Residence and Donny Phillips and Kaylee Carrington of KIHL Studio. The unique design reflects the bands stripped down aesthetic and art school origins. This is a fitting tribute and celebration of the legacy created by this revolutionary group.

Bauhaus was formed by Daniel Ash in the small industrial town of Northampton, England in the Winter of 1978. Plucking Peter Murphyfrom his dead end job at the printing works, remarkably, he had no idea if he could sing and just recalled that he was the most charismatic looking one among his high school friends. His intuition was dead on! Following a couple of rehearsals in his parents living room, Daniel recruited the two brothers, Kevin and David Haskins, who would make up the band’s formidable rhythm section.
After being together for only five weeks, the band recorded their legendary and timeless nine-minute single ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, which remained at number one on the British Independent chart for two years. Three years later, the band performed the song for the dramatic opening scene of Tony Scott‘s sensual vampire movie ‘The Hunger’. Seminal and groundbreaking, the group was too busy following their own muse to chase after fly-by-night-trends. The pioneering spirit that fueled their work established Bauhaus as one of the most important and influential artists of the past three decades.
Their eclectic influences ranged from Psychedelia to Punk, Dub Reggae to Glam, the latter surfacing most notably in their audacious cover of David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’, which earned them their first national chart hit in October 1982. The band went on to record four critically acclaimed albums before disbanding in 1983.
In 1998, the band reformed for an extremely successful ‘Resurrection’ World Tour, attracting a much larger audience than they originally enjoyed back in the day. They sold out three nights at The Palladium in Los Angeles in a record breaking fifteen minutes, attesting to the timeless quality of their music and their ever growing fan base. During its last decade, Bauhaus released a new studio LP ‘Go Away White’, toured with Nine Inch Nails, and played a legendary headlining performance at The Coachella Music Festival in 2005.

Many Artists have name-checked Bauhaus as influences, including Radiohead, Bjork, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Nine Inch Nails, Tricky, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, The Horrors, Jello Biafra, Marilyn Manson, Janes Addiction, Tool, Jarvis Cocker, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hole, Interpol, Skinny Puppy, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana, to name just a few.

To mark its release, On March 16Lethal Amounts and Cleopatra Records will present ‘UNDEAD ~ A Bauhaus Book Release and Signing Party’. While the doors at Lethal Amounts open at 7 pm, the book signing with Kevin Haskins takes places from 8 to 10pm. Books will be sold at the gallery or guests can bring your own copy to be signed, but no records, CDs or other outside merchandise will be signed. Exclusive and limited edition merch is also expected to be available at the event, which will also feature a special guest DJ set.

In the meantime, copies of the book are now available signed and unsigned via Cleopatra Records at http://bit.ly/2qk1vzu. Signed copies will no longer be available after the street date of March 16.

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Posted by on February 28, 2018 in Goth

 

Autumn Tears – The Origin of Sleep EP (February 1 2018 Dark Symphonies)

Autumn Tears has been firmly rooted in the Darkwave / Neoclassical scene since it’s inception in 1995. After 7 releases and nearly 20,000 CDs sold, they are back after 10 years of silence with their new 2018 CD EP “The Origin of Sleep“, featuring a full string and horn section, woodwinds, harp and orchestral percussion.

“The Origin of Sleep” Features the amazing vocal talents of Irish singer / songwriter / harpist Brona McVittie, as well as original Autumn Tears woodwind player Terran Olson (maudlin of the Well). Among the many talented musicians featured are French horn player John Clark, who has performed with Joni Mitchell, Sting, Luther Vandross and a slew of others, as well as harpist Tom Moth from Florence and the Machine and veteran Autumn Tears vocalist Jennifer LeeAnna.

Mastered by Peter Bjärgö from Arcana (Swe) at his Erebus Odora studio. Cover artwork by Kishor Haulenbeek. The five songs on this EP are exclusive to this release and will not appear on our upcoming full length album in 2018.

Sound samples and CD / digital download pre-orders available on their bandcamp page .

Composition, arrangements, lyrics, piano: Ted Tringo
Lead and backing vocals, vocal arrangements: Brona McVittie
Lead Violin and string arrangements: Brian Schmidt
Lead Violin and string arrangements: Julian Spiro
Backing vocals: Jennifer LeeAnna
Cello: Molly Leigh Jones
Flute, Clarinet: Terran Olson
French Horn: John Clark
Trumpet: Chad Bell
Trombone: Petar Milanovic
Classical Harp: Tom Moth
Snare drums: George Ball
Orchestral Percussion: Anubis

Additional contributors:

Orchestral composition and arrangements on “Chasing The Void“: Joshua Empyre
Solo Violin on “Chasing The Void”: Gustavo Eiriz
Solo Viola on “Chasing The Void”: Nicolaj Møller Nielsen
Flute on The “Ghost Beside Me“: Marybeth Kern
Viola on “Shaping A Fragile Utopia“: Kelly Ralston
Cello on “Shaping A Fragile Utopia”: Luke Payne
Cover Artwork: Kishor Haulenbeek
Mastered by Peter Bjärgö at Erebus Odora studio.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2018 in Goth

 

The Drowning Season – At War with Heaven EP (2018)

(by Fondas Sumerson)

Being a big Goth Rock fan for over 20 years, I was mostly addicted to the European scene, mainly UK, German and Swedish acts.

American bands -also dear to me- always represented the “lighter” and more romantic/atmospheric side of Goth (London After Midnight, The Last Dance, Faith & the Muse, Autumn, Lycia to name but a few ), apart from The Wake, who always were a category by themselves and one of my all time favourite goth bands. This would change ten years ago, when a band from Maryland came to “stir the waters” and prove that the US goth rock scene has a harder, more aggressive (and still melodious) side!

We are talking about the mighty “The Drowning Season“. The band is around since 2000 and has released 3 full length albums and 3 Eps so far. They now return in 2018 with a new 3-track Ep called “at war with Heaven” and a brand new lineup.

Matt, the founder and mastermind of the band has recruited a very talented guitarist (Jason) who shared the same vision with him for this band.

Together they composed 2 new songs, influenced mainly from the UK goth scene of the 90’s and bands like “Rosetta Stone“, and the Germans “The Merry Thoughts” and “Still Patient?” , as well as the raw sound of NFD or Fields of the Nephilim (mainly in the vocals). They use a powerful rythmic drum muchine that took me back to the glorious old days and old-school goth rock guitar riffs from the 90’s that i’ve missed so much! You can dance to their songs, bang your head to them or just let their beautiful, almost epic, melodies carry you away. These songs are full of emotions and are a great treat for those of us who like their goth music, spelled with a G capital, if you know what I mean…

Last but not least, in this Ep you can find a new edition of their all time classic “Hollow” in a version with extra layers of keyboards and a new more aggressive vocal approach by Matt. It sounds so fresh and yet traditional goth rock at the same time! What more could a goth rock fan ask?

Concluding I would like to thanks these guys for hanging around all these years and for staying faithful to their values and their beloved music genre, without compromising.

Long Live Goth Rock …Long Live THE DROWNING SEASON!

Buy it from HERE

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2018 in Goth

 

Mosquito – Interlacing Eternity

(By Fondas Sumerson)

Back in 1998, German Goth Rock legends LOVE LIKE BLOOD released “Snakekiller“, after 3 monumental albums in a row.

With this record, they attempted to enter the realm of “Goth Metal” and present an album that would take goth Rock into the 90’s, adopting elements from the heavier sound that Paradise Lost & Tiamat had established through the years.

According to my opinion they were not quite successful in making an album that would be traditional goth rock in its conceprion and having a metal edge at the same time.

Twenty years later, MOSQUITO, a Greek goth band from Athens-Greece achieved exactly that!

Being in the scene for only 3 years, the newcomers caught the attention of Brazilian label Deepland Records which is proud to release their debut album “Interlacing Eternity“.

But let’s take it from the start… MOSQUITO’s sound is that of a traditional Rock band, without drum machines, electronic loops or any pre-recorded sounds. They use a bass guitar , 2 guitars, keyboards and real drums!

The highlight however, is Lupe‘s vocals.

He is one of the best vocalists in the Greek scene at the moment, with a deep imposing goth voice in the vein of Love Like Blood’s Yorck Eysel.

The great vocals are accompanied by a solid rythm section and an excellent pair of guitarists.

MOSQUITO choose not to follow the usual recipe of the typical Sisters of Mercy sound with an Eldrich-sounding singer.

Their music style is a mixture of old school German guitar oriented goth rock, heavily influenced from bands like Love Like Blood, Dronning Maud Land & Secret Discovery and the “Goth days” of Paradise Lost, Tiamat and Anathema.

 

The album includes songs that could become club hits like “indirect kiss” for instance, but most of their tracks do not follow a commercial dancefloor approach.

The band is not afraid to experiment…

This becomes obvious especially in the 3 last songs of the album (Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse and Interlacing Eternity) which are reminiscent of Like Blood’s and Dronning Maud Land’s Proggressive Goth Rock.

Concluding I feel the need to congratulate these youngsters for releasing an album like that in 2017, while the majority of musicians at their age are trying to sound modern and musically trendy!

This is just the beginning… Beware of MOSQUITO’s goth bite!

Buy “Interlacing Eternity” from the band HERE  
or from Deepland records

 

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Goth