Posts From Oliver Sheppard

A Dark Punk Demo for Halloween: Slimy Member from Dallas

Slimy Member are a four piece dark punk act from Dallas, Texas, founded in late 2013. Their name obviously comes from the title of a song on Rudimentary Peni’s seminal “Death Church” LP. Now, Rudimentary Peni are one of my

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Lost Tribe Interview // Fall Tour Dates
// Exclusive Song Premiere

Time flies: it’s hard to believe that Lost Tribe have already been together five years. With a new 12″ release, “Solace,” coming up soon on Mass Media Records in the US and Avant! Records in Europe, a line up that

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Masquerade’s “Blood is the New Black” EP Review + Exclusive Stream!

In 2013, I listed Masquerade’s “Play Dead” demo among the best deathrock releases of that year (the 2013 list is here, by the way). The Finnish quartet are certainly a revivalist band, a group whose spot-on take on late 70s-era

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Cult of Youth’s new “Final Days” LP – Neofolk meets Postpunk

Over two years ago, in my review of Cult of Youth’s Love Will Prevail, I wrote that it “really is one of those rare ‘next level’ LPs that bands always strive to create,” and I think I also called it

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Atriarch “Allfather” + Review

 2003 gave us Neurosis with Jarboe, the doomy Bay Area band’s collaboration with the vocalist best known for her time in Swans. Unfortunately, we never got to hear “Neurosis with Rozz Williams,” but Atriarch have delivered something that seems -

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An interview with Vancouver Post – Punk band UNDERPASS

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Alexander Miranda co-founded Underpass only last year, and yet their debut LP, “Assimilation,” came out on Desire a few weeks ago. A powerful document of alienation, isolation, despair, hope, and resistance, the icy and despondent dark postpunk

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PART 1’s Chris Low: “Graveyard Songs for the Funeral Parade” Mixtape

At the bottom of this post is a special mixtape Chris Low made for the second anniversary of the Funeral Parade deathrock event in Austin, Texas. Chris Low currently drums for the reunited UK goth-punk band Part 1, adding to

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An interview with Texas dark punk/postpunk band Annex by Oliver Sheppard

With current and former members of Confused, Porkeria, Bastard Sons of Apocalypse, and Accuse in their ranks, McAllen, Texas band Annex‘s turn towards a darker postpunk sound might surprise some. Started in Summer 2013, guitarist Migas mentions how the tight-knit

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An interview with Brazil’s RAKTA
by Oliver Sheppard

“A more psychedelic and garagey Xmal Deutschland” might be one way to describe Rakta’s hypnotic and layered, guitar-based, gothy punk rock. Their music garnered lots of praise early this year across various ‘zines and on quite a few garage, punk,

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Glorious & Moving Post -Punk!
UNDERPASS “Assimilation” LP Review + Stream

Vancouver, BC/Olympia, WA’s UNDERPASS are a very special band indeed: sounding like Mancunians from 1980, the icy and despondent dark postpunk of the band might have been released on early Factory Records or on 4AD when bands like The Wake

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