Besides gazing at my beautiful wife Meghan, I could spend hours looking at photos of Siouxsie Sioux and never get bored. In my book, she is one of the greatest voices in Rock and Roll, plus in the 80′s she rocked and shocked the underground nation. Siouxsie and the Banshees created so many tunes that are played every day in our HQ it’s almost like they are extended family. This why today our favorite tumblr is Siouxsie Shit. Once you enter this page you will see pictures you never knew existed, plus some of your favorites…It should be noted the the biggest Siouxsie fan I know, Sinead Sunshine Reveron, is sitting on my lap watching the “Circle” video as I write this…Peep the huge Siouxsie Sioux gallery after the jump!
All hail BELGRADO…this dark anarcho post punk band from Spain has it’s roots in the past, but pushes their sound way into the future. They have been able come up with a sound that is so addictive that I consider them my new noir drug. Honestly, BELGRADO’s music speaks to me just as much as the bands I grew up with in the 80′s, maybe this is why I have them on repeat. Their self-titled 2011 album is full of driving post punk anthems that will have your braincells spazzing out. Today CVLT Nation would like to celebrate BELGRADO with a live video essay with footage from their US tour from last year! Check out the BELGRADO 7 inch and album streaming below…Make sure to support anything this band releases and you will not be disappointed! Give SECT a listen – it’s a side project of some of the members of the band. On that note, it’s time to get my dark anarcho post punk groove on…BELGRADO Rules!
The Cocteau Twins’ music has always been a guiding lantern of shadows for me. From the very first time that I heard Liz’s voice, I knew there was something magical about her vocal delivery. Musically, The Cocteau Twins are on another plane of reality, and their influence on humanity will live forever! Today CVLT Nation celebrates The Cocteau Twins with a download of their 1983 performance @ Les Bains Douches in France…Download link and track listing after the jump…the sound quality is spot on!
Music from 2012 is still in my bones, making me recognize what an awesome year it was in Deathrock. One band that stood out for me was Dekoder from Montreal, and their album Between The Walking and the Dying which doesn’t have a weak moment on it. From the very second their song “Pace” starts, it’s clear that this band knows how to write subversive catchy songs. Dekoder impresses me because they are able to mold their influences into their own unique sonic experiences. The rhythm section of this band is the cryptic driving baselines that ride drums that will have you transfixed. Then the vocals overtake your body in the form of death rock blues. Dekoder are masters at conjuring epic intros that captivate your eardrums before becoming black waterfalls of melody. Their songs “Anxiety,” “Sanity” and “Refuse” are perfect examples of why this band’s music should be heard by the universe. Dekoder is full of conviction and their music speaks to human and social politics in an honest way. Another thing that interests me about them is the way that almost every song is treated like it’s own audio movie – telling a story from start to finish. Dekoder know how to balance the tension between darkness and light in each song on this album, and on the album as a whole. Between The Waking And The Dying is a record that is played on the daily in the CVLT Nation HQ, because it always gets one of my best friends to dance no matter what she is doing. This person is our 1 1/2 year old Sinead Sunshine, who knows good music when she hears it! Dekoder made a killer album in 2012, but I really hope that generations to come get to hear it – it’s that fucking good! Between The Waking And The Dying is out now on Chaos Rurale Records.
Siouxsie and the Banshees were a creative universe unto themselves in the early 80′s. Not only did they create some classic albums that have truly stood the test of time, Siouxsie and the Banshees also pushed the boundaries when it came to the visuals that accompanied their outstanding songs. What always made me look twice was the imagination in their videos! This is why today CVLT Nation celebrates Siouxsie and the Banshees with a video essay featuring our favorite visuals from this legendary band! Get dazzled by Siouxsie and the Banshees after the jump!
6.PLANKS // LENTIC WATERS Split Preview
Right now, I feel like I have the power to look inside of the darkest emotion and discover the truth about what keeps my mind balanced. I’m blasting the new split between PLANKS // LENTIC WATERS that will be out sometime this June via three different labels: Apocaplexy Records & React With Protest (Europe) and IFB Records (US). What’s extra stellar about this record is that both even though both bands are different, their sound goes so well together. This split has imprisoned my being behind a majestic wall of half urban, half amazing melody that washes over me in waves. The Planks’ side consists of three compositions that are an unreal storm of fragile strength and a sense of urgency that is tempered with rage. Their songwriting is beyond fantastic – maybe this why I have this split on repeat! When you hear “It Fell To The Snakes,” you realize how far this band has come. The melodic riptides in that song will pull you under and drown you in radness, with just a little bit of epic sadness flowing through it. Lentic Waters know how weave together cinematic atmospheric soundscapes with majestic aggro outbursts in a way that will get your attention. Again, I’m pretty blown away by how good these humans are at writing songs, because with each listen you will hear something new. The thing about Lentic Waters is it’s not just about what is happening in your ears, it’s also about how their songs touch your spirit. They have a way of speaking about the human condition with the tones they play with their instruments. As a body of work, this PLANKS // LENTIC WATERS split is fucking stellar, and a record that will age well in your collection. So you really know what you are in store for, check out a preview of this record below.
by Oliver Sheppard
2012 was a great year for deathrock. As I wrote in the notes for the CVLT Nation Deathrock 2012 Part II mixtape, “Most of these new bands come from the DIY punk scene and are reclaiming deathrock’s punk roots. There is a strong element of anarcho/peace punk in a lot of the bands’ sound – see Moral Hex and Dead Cult, for example. Although there are some precedents for this, this is one of the novel developments in this style of music.”
A quick word about the term “deathrock,” whose use sometimes inspires endless debate, both online and off: The strictest and least forgiving definition of the term would be that it was a dark postpunk phenomenon that lasted from 1979 until about 1986 or 1987, and was primarily local to Los Angeles — or the US southwest in general, including California, Nevada (Theatre of Ice), and Arizona (Mighty Sphincter, The Consumers). And yet for many later bands, like Cinema Strange, and current bands, like Christ vs Warhol, Naughty Zombies, or Las Gorgonas, there is simply no other genre tag that fits, although increasingly terms like “goth-punk,” “dark punk,” and even “g-beat” (hah) are being used. Music hasn’t stopped evolving. According to Martin “Oldgoth” Coles at Louder Than War, gothic “music in the nineties was largely dire, possibly due to the scene’s popularity at the end of the eighties bringing in a lot of people without those punk roots” that had originally invigorated the music. “It’s high time the scene looked back and reinvented itself again,” Coles concluded. 2012 has shown “those punk roots” have indeed been rediscovered, as the following releases amply show. They’re listed IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.
DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY – “Cages” LP
The debut LP by Italy’s Dystopian Society is an important, punk-influenced slab of purist deathrock that features lyrics sung and printed in English; the release garnered them a spot at 2012′s Drop Dead Fest in Germany. Earlier in the year, I reviewed the LP and interviewed the band at CVLT Nation here. The band, a power trio, bring to mind old school deathrock solidly in the vein of early, Rikk Agnew-powered Christian Death, or Voodoo Church, or the Superheroines. The band also performs covers of Paralasis Permanente and Rudimentary Peni songs live, further showcasing their punk sensibility. The band’s anthem, “Dystopian Society,” is an uptempo – but dark – political rocker, while creepier-sounding songs like “Masquerade” satirically poke fun at the obsession with image so evident in what has become of a lot of the deathrock and goth scenes, where punk attitude has been replaced by layers of awful, Tim Burton-style goth clown makeup and the attendant vanity that comes with that kind of cartoony take on the genre. You can get Dystopian Society’s Cages here.
Note: This article originally appeared by Oliver Sheppard at Souciant.com, here.
Record labels are a funny thing. Just like bands, they can be objects of cultish devotion. Factory, Dischord, 4AD, Rough Trade, and others all have fans who look to a label’s branding as an indication of a band’s style, ethics, and quality. This goes back to the days of Sun Records in the 1950s. Crass Records‘ reputation as a purist punk label is due for reexamination.
This past Tuesday, ATRIARCH finished their first US tour in Los Angeles, and it was a performance I will never forget. The energy in the room was magical, and the band did not disappoint us. That being said, every band that took the stage that night brought something special, from the killer Doctorshopper to Iron Mountain to Pendulous. Plus I want to also give a huge 666 gun salute to EAR/SPLITTERS for keeping heavy music alive in SoCal. Now back to ATRIARCH – not only do they create music that is from another planet of radness, they are also cool humans with positive hearts! Make sure to pick up their most recent album Ritual Of Passing, out now on Profound Lore, plus get their first record Forever the End on Seventh Rule. Johann Currie aka Obsidian Mirror Photography, one of CVLT Nation’s resident photographers, was on hand to capture all of the bands conjure up a heavy portal that we all walked through that night. His photos will show that these bands had the whole room transfixed. I want to say it was so cool seeing Los Angeles support real music, and thanx again to all of the bands…Now check out an unreal photo essay after the jump!
Since day one of CVLT Nation, ATRIARCH has been a band that we have been fascinated with because their high level originality. Recently they released Ritual Of Passing, out now via Profound Lore. The band is now on their first US tour, and the word on the street is that they have been destroying every stage they have stepped on to. On Nov. 17th, ATRIARCH performed at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, and our comrade (((unartig))) was on hand to capture their set. For everyone in Los Angeles reading this: make sure to head out to their show this Tuesday night at the Boom Tomb Room presented by Ear/Splitters! Peep their mind-blowing performance after the jump plus the gig poster!