…or at least listen to.
There have been a lot of new dark postpunk and deathrock releases lately. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track. But here are some of the recent singles, EPs, and LPs that deserve your attention.
Like their fellow deathrockers in Fangs on Fur and Christ vs Warhol — two bands that, like Catholic Spit, are from Southern California — Catholic Spit inject their take on deathrock with a fiery punk sensibility and energy. This 6 person (!) band has been fairly prolific compared to other bands in the genre. (The most prolific band has to be Blue Cross, who have released 3 LPs in just over two years.) Catholic Spit’s 7-song Pact with the Devil LP was released in late 2012 and was followed only a few months later with the uptempo “I’m Your God Now” 2-song 7″. And now comes this split, which you can stream for free at the band’s Bandcamp page. Ericka’s vocals shriek — in a good way — through watery, flangey guitars (think John McGeoch), backed up by Nick Townsend’s andrenalized, uptempo punk-style drumming and Kaleb’s rock solid bass. (Townsend also did the band’s recordings for this release.)
The Catholic Spit contribution to the split can be heard at this Youtube video below.
Today CVLT Nation is bringing you an exclusive stream of “Love in a Cold World” from Finland’s BEASTMILK, off their upcoming LP Climax will be out Nov 29th via Svart Records. This song hits home with me, because I often feel like I have created my own little island in this universe, where love and happiness can exist because I keep myself away from the hateful world around me. It may sound dramatic, but I think Beastmilk understands! Also check out Part I of the making of Climax below!
Southwest Terror Fest 2013 is in less than a month, and the lineup is all fucking killer and no fucking filler! Four days of epic bands is what is going to whip through the Arizona desert like a massive sandstorm of awesomeness. Bands like…well, there will be so many good bands there’s no point in me naming my favorites…just check out the lineup below and stay tuned for some rad features on CVLT Nation and maybe a giveaway if you’re lucky? More info and RSVP here!
When I started doing these deathrock mixtapes in early 2012, my point was to illustrate that guitar-driven, dark punk in the deathrock tradition was alive and well, still evolving, despite some folks’ stubborn perception of this genre as being “old school.” (And, actually, as a genre that came into its own in the 80s, it’s younger than industrial or some other types of dark music.) Like the broader genre categories of rock ‘n roll, country, or even the blues, the deathrock subgenre is indeed “old school,” and also like those types of music, it isn’t.
So, here’s yet another new assortment of bands, including tracks by what I call “legacy” dark (post-)punk bands like UK Decay, Killing Joke, and The Damned, bands that are still alive and well and who are still cranking out surprisingly good new material. Among the newer bands, Finland has a strong showing here: Masquerade and Silent Scream reassert the primacy of Scandinavia in this genre; and new 12 inchers by bands like Belgrado, Deathcharge, Catholic Spit, and others also reaffirm the innovation that continues in this style of dark music.
This deathrock mix is not meant as an exhaustive or definitive or authoritative compilation. It’s supposed to serve as a springboard for your own sonic exploration. Some of these bands may not consider themselves to be “deathrock” at all; Arctic Flowers, for example, describe their sound as “a mix of punk, deathrock, post punk, and goth.” All of the songs below resonate strongly with, and are relevant to, the development of deathrock/goth-punk/gothic rock in the modern era as a whole, however.
Tracklist below the jump cut. Enjoy.
by Oliver Sheppard
Pinkish Black’s sophomore LP, Razed to the Ground, is set for release on September 17. The Fort Worth band’s first and self-titled LP (which was reviewed for CVLT Nation last year, here) was on Denton’s Handmade Birds label; the new album sees them on the larger and more metal-centric Century Media imprint.
Pinkish Black’s sound, however, has thankfully not changed: Razed to the Ground is an opus of doomy, sludgy, crushingly dark music that incorporates elements of doom metal, Projekt Records-style ethereal wave, gothic rock, and other dark music elements. And also as with the first LP, one once again is reminded of 80s Cop-era Swans, early Godflesh (and especially the proto-Godflesh band, Fall of Because), and even stuff like Killing Joke’s “S036″ or Mass’s much-overlooked “Cabbage” release from the 80s. It’s a unique, churning sound that doesn’t fit neatly into any pre-defined categories. There is even a kind of creeping “space drone” twist to the sound this time around that serves as an intriguing development in the band’s evolution. The effect is often eerily psychedelic.
All Photos & Text by Darryl Reid
These Oakland California natives play up-tempo yet dark post punk with a focus on the punk aspect of the Genre; sounding more like late 80′s new wave/post punk acts along the lines of For Against and Zero Point only much darker and heavier. The New flesh remind us that this new wave of post punk acts don’t all have to come from the same through line and that there are many influences that this genre revival hasn’t yet mined.
Most of the Post-punk bands I’ve seen as of late have been exceptionally good live; I guess it has to do wit the technicality inherent in the genre and The New Flesh are no exception.
I’m just disapointed I was on my last dollar so I couldn’t get me their new Lp Reality.
New York’s SURVIVAL are a dark punk diamond in the rough, and their Civil War demo is perfect, put out via Burnt Books! Over the course of six songs, this band channels some upbeat dirgy melodies that will have you waving your arms in a death rock swirl. I’m so impressed with SURVIVAL that I’m almost speechless when it comes to how sick they are. What stands out to me is that their songs ooze honest and morbid conviction. CVLT Nation are releasing the bats today and we streaming SURVIVAL’s demo in full below! Make sure to pick up their tape HERE!
Rad Live Footage
As of right now, you can get 40 to 50% off all the records and cassettes in the CVLT Nation Record Store!!! After a year of carrying music in our store, we are shutting it down and we are clearing out all our stock at the lowest prices you will find anywhere. CVLT Nation HQ is making the big move up North, so we are taking a break from the music retail business…so check out the record store for massive deals on titles from Neurosis, Deafheaven, Kylesa, Code Orange Kids, NAILS, Cursed, Ramesses, Noothgrush and many more!! Head over to the record store, no code required!
Will I ever get tired of Siouxsie Sioux’s voice? No, because every time I hear it, it sounds brand new! I recently found an amazing performance of Siouxsie and the Banshees performing at the Open Air Festival in Arbon, Switzerland in 1983. Now it’s your job to press play below and get your Happy House download on ASAP! The quality of this recording is spot on!
To many, Fields of the Nephilim were looked at as being the little brothers of Sisters Of Mercy, but in all honesty this band created some kick ass songs. Check this rad full set of them performing at the Town and Country Club in 1988 – from this performance you can see that this band had serious fans!