John Ashton on producing “Alice” by the Sisters of Mercy (video)

som_7_alice_1Another video from the excellent Sex WAX n Rock n Roll stable, following hot on the heels of the 30 minute video on Big Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke’s drummer).

This time, its a 20 minute interview with John Aston, guitarist/producer of the Psychedelic Furs, who produced the seminal ‘Alice’ by the Sisters of Mercy, and here he talks in depth about the Sisters and lifts the lid on the way the band write and produce, with plenty of details on equipment and process.  A fantastic video – can’t wait for more.

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Prong cover Killing Joke and the Sisters on their new LP

ProngLogoGood idea, but a poor choice of tracks.

Prong have recorded a batch of cover versions for a record they plan to release through their own label. Frontman Tommy Victor says the trio recorded covers of songs by Black Flag, Husker Du and The Sister Of Mercy over the space of a week spent at a studio in Berlin, Germany.

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“Cheer up, goth”

80s_goths_sistersofmercy_tshirtFog rolls in over the cemetery. Through the mist, the bell tower rings distant and ominous. Across the churchyard, someone weeps for their lost love.

That’s the cavernous isolation and agonizing emotion that comes from listening to goth rock. It’s one of the most divisive genres of music, reviled by those who pigeonhole it and adored by those who give it a fair chance. What exactly is it, and why should you want to spend your time listening to such gloomy, self-indulgent sounds?

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“How not to name a band”

prevbands“That would be a good band name.” It’s such an easy game to play … when you don’t have an actual band to name. When you do, a misstep can be the difference between the immortality of a Fugazi, Slowdive or Talking Heads and the infamy of a Death Cab for Cutie, Say Hi to Your Mom or Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Local rocker James Adams knows about memorable band names, having played in Boulder City outfits Dangerboner and Dude City before forming his own group, Same Sex Mary. “A name like Dangerboner always got a response, good or bad. People would say, I need to see Dangerboner, see what that band is all about,” Adams says. “When we were naming Same Sex Mary, I was looking for something that would also illicit an emotional response. I misheard ‘same-sex marriage,’ and I thought Same Sex Mary sounded funny. It doesn’t really mean anything, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t well-thought-out.”

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