Now this great news: BELGRADO is working on a new album which I can not wait for and I know I’m not alone. Check this out – they have just put out a video for one of their new songs called “Untitled.” From seeing this visual, I know the BELGRADO record is going to kill…stay tuned for more news!
So far, the excellent Dark New York: Gotham City’s Post Punk, Goth, & Deathrock Bands 1983-1988, Vol. 1 compilation is only available on vinyl. Released late last year (2012) on Black Scorpio Records, the record fleshes out an oft-overlooked part of the 80′s American postpunk phenomenon — New York City’s lively gothic and deathrock scene.
Masterfully compiled by Joe Truck Kasher and Greg Fasolino (of NYC’s deathrock band The Naked and the Dead), this compilation has the added benefit of being produced by folks that were active in NYC’s postpunk heyday. In other words, it comes from scene participants themselves; not outsiders. And while California’s and England’s gothy postpunk scenes have been exhaustively documented, an adequate cataloging of NYC’s similar scene in the 1980s has been much overdue. This compilation remedies that longstanding problem.
So much good music came out in 1984 it was hard to keep track. One record that touched my life maybe more than any other was The Cult’s Dreamtime. In my book, this might be the best album the band ever created – all of the elements were on point! During this time, me and all of my friends thought this band could do no wrong and that they represented what we were going through. The other day I found a full video of their gig at the Lyceum in 1984. As you will see, The Cult were at the top of their game then… So let’s all have our dreamtime and check out this awesome blast from the past!
I loved the world before MTV, before they tried to co-opt the underground! In the early 80′s, weirdos found their kindred spirits on late night TV. In Los Angeles, we had New Wave Theater that was hosted by the late Peter Ivers. He championed the sonic freak circus while other media outlets wanted to have us committed. New Wave Theater was the show that we could watch to see the Circle Jerks, 45 Grave, Angry Samoans, Snake Finger, Fear, Castration Squad, Legal Weapon and UXA. Keep in mind, this was before the first real music video had been made, so these performances were our music videos. I didn’t realize when I was younger but this show also served as a visual time capsule for future generations to look at. Honestly we didn’t like every band that was on the show, but we knew we watching something special. Peter Ivers’ passion for what he was doing was evident. I know when I watch Gun Club blazing through “Fire Spirit” I get chills. If any older heads read this post, make sure to let us know if you watched this show…Today CVLT Nation salutes New Wave Theater and Peter Ivers for giving a fuck when no one else would! Now check out this spazzadelic video essay featuring some of my favorite bands!
So what do we have here? An on point live download from The Birthday Party. The year was 1981 in Zurich, Switzerland and these down under mutants totally wrecked shop! So get out your Big Jesus Trash Can and download this rad gig after the jump!
Setlist & Download Link after the jump!
COLD CAVE has a new EP entitled Oceans With No End in the works that will be released via Deathwish Inc. in the very near future. Today the band has previewed another track called “People Are Poison” and it’s a fucking banger! Check out the new COLD CAVE track streaming below…
On March 19th, the dirged-out synth-punk duo Vulgar Fashion are releasing their self-titled 10″ on Handmade Birds. Now step into their world of make believe and listen to our stream of their track “Night Yacht.” This song will take you to a place where robots are sex objects. Get your synthetic love on!
Christian Death’s album Theatre of Pain is a classic that was way before its time. As a young hardcore kid in the 80′s, I would just stare at the album & think to myself, wow, these people are even freakier than me & my crew. I’m just saying, on the back Rikk Agnew is cradling a dead dog or something. Then I listened to their music & I was hooked. I had never heard anything like it before. Rozz’s lyrics were straight poetry that lifted, destroyed & enlightened our young minds. Then there was the music that had the sleaze of the mean streets of Hollywood & the angst of our generation. The song “Deathwish” has one of the illest guitar licks that draws you in & does not let you go. “Dogs” finds Christian Death blending a dub-like feel into their atmosphere. They did not know that history was being made – these L.A death rockers just did it! If you ever are feeling down, put on “Romeo’s Distress,” it will take you to a new place of darkness where you will see the sun. Check out Christian Death performing live in 1993 at the Patriot Hall. The quality of this full show is spot on! Enter the only Theatre of Pain after the jump and watch this killer gig.
Watch Christian Death Live after the jump!
Text & Photos by Alan Hunter
After a short break from shooting Seattle shows, Wednesday night at The Highline – with my homedudes Addaura and Atriarch, locals Old Iron, and Brooklyn doomsters Batillus – was a very welcome return.
Old Iron was a new show for me. These Seattle dudes offer up a nice dose of hardcore-influenced, melodic sludge. A welcome vibe, they did not disappoint. I hope to catch them on similar bills in the future.
I try not to miss Atriarch when they come through town. As if summoning some immeasurable force, their ritualistic mix of blackened doom and deathrock nearly always puts the room in a trance. The gothy, tribal rhythms and slicing guitars build with Lenny’s haunting, sermonic vocals and come crashing down with all the weight of the heaviest doom. Fan or not, like being trapped in a cocoon, there’s no escaping this music until they let you go…just as Lenny chants during “Prayer” (Ritual of Passing, 2012), “You who are my enemy, I embrace you as my brother.”
While “legacy” dark bands like Killing Joke and The Damned continue to tour and release new material into 2013, last year saw an upsurge in the number of punk bands reclaiming deathrock’s DIY roots. The newer bands are producing a unique take on the cobwebbed genre that blends elements of 80s peace punk, crust, and old school gothic rock with darker postpunk sounds.
What follows below is a good sampling of bands that have producing newer output in this developing new sonic milieu that has largely grown up inside of the international hardcore punk scene. My previous two deathrock mixtapes included bands like Bellicose Minds and The Estranged; below you will find newer songs by bands like The Spectres and Moral Hex, who continue to represent the West Coast’s strong showing in this genre. Italy’s Horror Vacui and Dystopian Society are included, too, along with Spain’s Belgrado, representing southern Europe’s strong interest in this style of music. For good measure, newer tracks by Killing Joke (2012) and Rudimentary Peni (2008) are put in to tie the newer bands into the old.
In the wake of punk, from about 1978 onwards, dark forms of punk and postpunk flowered internationally, with various regional variations. In Spain, there was the Siniestro style of postpunk pioneered by bands like Paralasis Permanente; in Germany, depro-punk by bands like EA80 and Fliehende Strume (who still exist) came about; England obviously saw postpunk, gothic rock, and so-called :positive punk”; southern California saw the birth of deathrock while the East Coast of the USA bore witness to horror punk (Misfits and The Cramps); and Japan likewise saw the birth of “positive punk” with bands like Auto-Mod and Phaidia.
The following mix is by no means exhaustive — previous mixes have included the Bellicose Minds, whose new LP The Spine is due out any day now; as well as Germany’s Tanzkommando Untergang — but is meant as a starting point for your own exploration.