Savages “Silence Yourself” LP review

Good review of the Savage’s debut LP “Silence Yourself“, definitely on of the best albums of 2013. The dark songs come at you like a bulldozer and embrace you like a black octopus. Singer Jehnny Beth is a Patti Smith-meets-P.J. Harvey wailer; guitarist Gemma Thompson is a brutal executioner; bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay… Continue reading Savages “Silence Yourself” LP review

The Sisterhood, “genre: proto-techno”

The Sisterhood was a curio, spawned out of necessity by Eldritch to stop Wayne Hussey (the pantomime villain of the piece) stealing the name. I have featured a good article on the Sisterhood’s meager, but excellent, output here (from Plunder the Tombs) but recently I had cause to read the Wikipedia entry on The Sisterhood and… Continue reading The Sisterhood, “genre: proto-techno”

Another good article on The Sisterhood’s “Gift” LP (Merciful Release, 1986)

Another good article on the Sisterhood’s eponymous debut LP “Gift” (following on from this excellent article). The Sisterhood – Gift (Merciful Release, 1986) Let us now delve into one of the more tempestuous tales in the history of Gothic Rock. We need to travel back to 1986 when The Sisters of Mercy were riding high… Continue reading Another good article on The Sisterhood’s “Gift” LP (Merciful Release, 1986)

The Cure’s Robert Smith’s quotes

A collection of famous quotes from Robert Smith of the Cure… On what he remembers from being a very new band, as told to Word (via CraigJParker.blogspot.com): “When we started doing this, I was still at school. When we did Three Imaginary Boys it was spiky, it wasn’t really me. I remember bending Lol’s ear… Continue reading The Cure’s Robert Smith’s quotes

Peter Murphy review, live at the O2 Academy Bristol, 18 June 2013

Bauhaus, as I have mentioned numerous times in this blog are (along with the outstanding Sisters of Mercy) the founding members of Goth.  Sure, some goth bands pre-dated them (UK Decay, etc.) but Bauhaus and the Sisters crystallised the sound, and image, of Goth.  So when Peter Murphy annunced he was touring with his band… Continue reading Peter Murphy review, live at the O2 Academy Bristol, 18 June 2013

Peter Murphy review, live at the Islington Academy, London, 19 June 2013

Excellent review of Peter Murphy‘s Islington Show on the Mr Moonlight tour… The forgotten truth of Bauhaus is that a lot of their music was actually very, very good… When they recorded their most revered works the term “gothic” was really only applied to architecture and a few 18th century authors. Like most music genres,… Continue reading Peter Murphy review, live at the Islington Academy, London, 19 June 2013

UK Decay release new album ‘New Hope For The Dead’, their first LP since 1981

Originally formed in Luton in early 1979, UK Decay were leaders of the then emerging post-punk scene and are widely credited (or derided) with coining the term ‘Goth’ in a music press interview in Sounds music paper that subsequently inspired a movement. Part of a musical lineage that saw them emerge after Siouxsie & The… Continue reading UK Decay release new album ‘New Hope For The Dead’, their first LP since 1981

“Thirteen best Goth albums of all time” article

Good selection of Goth classics – excellent Siouxsie, Cave, Bauhaus, Joy Division and Cure selections! Emerging from the primordial punk ooze in 1976 and eventually twisting their way towards their own kind of neo-psychedelia with 1982′s A Kiss in the Dreamhouse, Siouxsie and the Banshees fully embraced their gothic tendencies in 1981 with Juju. They’d… Continue reading “Thirteen best Goth albums of all time” article

The five most important years in Goth music: 2002

Part five of a five part series.  Evanescence – Goth?  Really? Mumble, mutter, grumble, etc… Arguably the last big goth album by a new band to make a crossover splash was Evanescence’s Fallen, released in early 2003. That one band led millions of mall-goths in one direction, towards the mainstream, while more traditional goths went… Continue reading The five most important years in Goth music: 2002

The five most important years in Goth music: 1979

I came across these interesting articles this week – this is part one of a five part series – the most important years in Goth music (via “Rocks Off” of the Houston Press). Like any good structure, goth is built on the foundations of other previous cultures. You can walk back through David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Screamin’ Jay… Continue reading The five most important years in Goth music: 1979